Air chief calls for legal framework to regulate use of space

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Ahmedabad, Sep 17: Chief of Air Staff Birender Singh Dhanoa has said there is an urgent need to evolve a comprehensive international legal framework for ensuring regulated use of space.

Chief of Air Staff Birender Singh Dhanoa Chief of Air Staff Birender Singh Dhanoa

The air chief marshal was speaking at the inaugural session of a seminar organised by the Air and Space Law Academy of Gujarat National Law University here yesterday.

He drew attention of the gathering to the “rapid militarisation of Space”, a defence release has said.

“The chief emphasised upon the urgent need to evolve a comprehensive international legal framework for ensuring regulated use of space, particularly in view of an exponential growth in the reliance on space-based assets,” it said.

“He also highlighted the importance of addressing issues of Space debris management, liability of damages, accidents by rogue or decommissioned satellites and use of satellite-based weapons,” it said.

Air Marshal R K Dhir, the air officer commanding-in-chief of South Western Air Command, and Executive Director of the Airports Authority of India S V Satish, were also present at the event.

PTI

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