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Italy and the Commercial Utilisation of the International Space Station

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The International Space Station (ISS) is currently being assembled in outer space (it is 50% complete) and is intended to be fully operational by 2008-2010. The European laboratory, Columbus, has not yet been launched. Under the terms of Article 23 of the Memorandum, it entered into force on 11 January 2005 following an exchange of diplomatic notes between the Republic of Italy and the Government of the United States of America. Upon entry into force, this Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) superseded the previous MOU concluded in 1991. The MOU covers the design, development, operation and utilisation of three mini-pressurized logistics modules (MPLMs) for the ISS. The commercialisation of space activities is one of aims of space missions. Article I of the Outer Space Treaty establishes the free use of outer space by all States.

Keywords: commercialisation; European laboratory; International Space Station (ISS); Italy; Memorandum of Understanding (MOU); mini-pressurized logistics modules (MPLMs); Outer Space Treaty; space missions

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