I have read about the space law, international and legal responsibility of the companies and countries involved and I must say it is complex, not to say scary. I can't imagine the lawyers' costs prior to launching a new mission.

I still find it very theoretical and I can't help thinking that it has to be somewhat simpler otherwise we wouldn't have such a large number of new cubesat experiments being launched.

I was hoping someone with practical experience of launching a cubesat could shed some light on what is really required, ballpark figures on how much for legal fees, etc... basically all the paperwork involved :(


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    $\begingroup$ I almost "corrected" your title to "fine points" but then realize you really do mean to refer to the "fine prints" ;-) $\endgroup$ – uhoh Jan 9 at 2:59
  • $\begingroup$ It may sound glib but the right answer is "it depends on your country". In the US you need an FCC license to launch and to transmit, and you need a NOAA license if you plan to image the earth in any way. You then sign a contract with a launch provider or aggregator. Your organization's lawyers may want you to have additional things like insurance. $\endgroup$ – Carlos N Feb 27 at 15:15

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