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Dr Peter Martinez appointed chair of SACSA.

The Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies, has appointed fifteen people from various government departments, academia and industry, to serve on the South African Council for Space Affairs (SACSA). Dr Peter Martinez MRSSAf, of the National Research Foundation's South African Astronomical Observatory and former ASSA President (2008/9) has been appointed Chairperson of the Council.

SACSA is a statutory body which has a responsibility to, on behalf of the State, take care of the space related interests of South Africa in compliance with international Agreements, Conventions and Treaties. SACS's immediate plans include consideration of the various building blocks that need to be part of a commercially-oriented national space regime. These include particularly: authorisation aspects of space activities; supervision of space activities; registration of space objects; indemnification regulations; and procedural implementation of all regulations, including any additional regulations required when conducting commercial activities (i.e. insurance and liability, environment, financing, patent law and other intellectual property rights, export controls and dispute settlements).

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Title Annotation:news notes; South African Council for Space Affairs
Publication:Monthly Notes of the Astronomical Society of Southern Africa
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:6SOUT
Date:Dec 1, 2010
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