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UK considers capping space liability

1 June 2012

The UK government intends to reform the Outer Space Act 1986 by introducing an upper limit on liability for UK operators.

It follows a change last year when the compulsory insurance requirement for satellite operators was reduced from £100mn to EUR60mn.

The current proposals seek to change the nature of contingent liabilities for operators, in effect moving away from the current practice where operators have unlimited liability.

As the UK government states in its consultation paper, "the treatment of contingent...

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