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Part IV Outer Space, Astronauts, and Space Objects, 16 Legal Status of Spacecraft, Satellites, and Space Objects

From: Studies in International Space Law

Bin Cheng

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2022. All Rights Reserved.date: 08 December 2022

Spacecraft, satellites, and space objects
Spacecraft and space vehicles appear to have been treated as synonymous terms in treaties relating to outer space concluded under the auspices of the United Nations. While the 1967 Treaty on Principles Governing the Activities of States in the Exploration and Use of Outer Space, including the Moon and Other Celestial Bodies (Space Treaty)2 speaks in its Article V of astronauts and their 'space vehicle', the 1968 Agreement on the Rescue of Astronauts, the Return of Astronauts and the Return of Objects Launched into Outer Space, April 22, 1968 (Astronauts...
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