Q. Consider the following statements regarding Registration Convention:
1. The convention requires states to furnish to the United Nations with details about the orbit of each space object.
2. It is administered by NASA in collaboration with European Space Agency (ESA).
Which of the above statements is/are correct?

[A] 1 only

[B] 2 only

[C] Both 1 and 2

[D] Neither 1 nor 2

Answer: A
Notes:
  • The Convention on Registration of Objects Launched into Outer Space (commonly known as the Registration Convention) was considered and negotiated by the Legal Subcommittee from 1962. 
  • It was adopted by the General Assembly in 1974 and opened for signature on 14 January 1975 and entered into force on 15 September 1976. 
  • The convention requires states to furnish to the United Nations with details about the orbit of each space object. A registry of launchings was already being maintained by the United Nations as a result of a General Assembly Resolution in 1962. 
  • Administered by: The Registration Convention and four other space law treaties are administered by the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UN-COPUOS).  
  • The registration includes the following information 
  • The name of launching State 
  • An appropriate designator of the space object or its registration number 
  • Date and territory or location of the launch 
  • Basic orbital parameters (Nodal period, Inclination, Apogee and Perigee) 
  • The general function of the space object 
  • Information on registered objects is available at the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA). 

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