On 2 October 2018, the Australian Space Agency signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the United Kingdom Space Agency. It provides a framework for collaborative activities and the exchange of information, technology and personnel between both nations.
Read the full statement below.
The United Kingdom Space Agency, an Executive Agency of the Government of the United Kingdom within the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, having its headquarters at Polaris House, North Star Avenue, Swindon, Wiltshire, SN2 1SZ, United Kingdom, represented by its Chief Executive Officer; and the Australian Space Agency, an Agency of the Commonwealth of Australia within the Department of Industry, Innovation of Industry House, Binara St., Canberra City, Canberra, created in July 2018, represented by the Head of the Australian Space Agency; hereinafter referred to individually as ‘Participant’ or collectively as ‘Participants’,
HAVING regard to the wishes of the Participants to cooperate on civil space activities for their mutual benefit;
CONSIDERING the deep history and friendship between the United Kingdom and Australia;
CONSIDERING the common interest of the United Kingdom and Australia in the use of space technology for peaceful purposes;
RECOGNISING the growing relationship between UK and Australian organisations, such as the Commonwealth Science and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) and Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) on the NovaSAR project, to develop technologies and operations capability to provide research access and commercial opportunity to space data;
RECOGNISING the growing collaboration between Australia and the UK on advanced research and development projects, such as the Airbus Zephyr ™ High Altitude Pseudo Satellites project;
RECOGNISING the advantages and benefits arising from international cooperation in the space field;
1.1 The purpose of this Memorandum of Understanding (‘MoU’) is to:
2.1 Subject to the laws and regulations applicable to them, the Participants, through consultation, will decide upon the specific items and scope of cooperation within the framework of this MoU. The proposed collaborative activities are as follow:
3.1 Both Participants acknowledge that any activities undertaken through the MoU will:
3.2 The Participants also acknowledge that this MoU will place no financial, legal or other type of commitment on either Participant or their Governments.
4.1 The Participants will establish a joint steering committee under the framework of this MoU to monitor the effectiveness and applicability of the present MoU and examine proposals relating to plans for cooperation. This will be co-chaired by the Participants at a senior management level or their representatives.
4.2 The Participants will arrange meetings by mutual consent to review progress on the implementation of this MoU.
5.1 This MoU may be amended by mutual consent of the Participants. The Participant wishing to make an amendment will notify the other in writing. Any amendment will take effect when each Participant has notified the other in writing of its consent to the amendment.
6.1 This MoU is a statement of intent, but it is not intended as a legally binding document and does not create legal obligations under international law. Additional fields of cooperation may be jointly determined by the Participants supplementary to this MoU.
6.2 This MoU will be without prejudice to the cooperation of either Participant with other States, Space Agencies or any other entity.
7.1 This MoU will come into effect on the date of signature by both Participants and will continue in operation until terminated by either Participant giving six months’ written notice to the other.