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Space Law: The Law of Outer Space

This guide provides an introduction to researching the law that governs outer space.

Other U.S. Government Agencies Involved in Space Policy & Regulation

In addition to the NASA, which is responsible for the U.S. civilian space program and for aeronautical and space-related research, many other U.S. federal agencies are involved in the development of space policy and in the regulation of space-related activities.  Listed below are links to the websites of selected federal agencies that play a significant role in formulating and implementing U.S. space policy, particularly as it relates to national security and to the emerging commercial space industry.

  • U.S. Department of Commerce
    The Commerce Department helps to promote economic growth by gathering economic and demographic data to facilitate decision making by government agencies and private industry, and by helping to establish uniform scientific and industrial standards.
  • U.S. Department of Defense
    The Defense Department coordinates U.S. national security policy and overseas all branches of the U.S. armed forces.
  • U.S. Department of State
    The State Department is responsible for U.S. foreign policy and international relations.
  • U.S. Department of Transportation -- Federal Aviation Administration
    The FAA is a regulatory body within the Department of Transportation.
    • Office of Commercial Space Transportation
      This FAA office is responsible for regulating the emerging commercial space transportation industry, ensuring its compliance with U.S. international space law obligations, as well as safeguarding public health and safety.  It also recommends changes to applicable federal statutes and regulations.