What is Registration Convention?

  • 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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