Space Law

Described as the final frontier of human exploration, and the last bastion of transportation. Space travel is at the bleeding edge of innovation on multiple fronts, whether it’s in the scientific methods used to send spacecraft into orbit, or the technology required to land and operate billion-dollar machinery on foreign planets. India has one of the world’s most advanced and successful space programmes, with several payloads launched successfully into the orbits of both Earth and Mars, as well as an impact probe that discovered water on the surface of the Moon.

Space exploration is still relatively young and sparsely regulated, and the legal nuances are still being worked out as we speak. It involves many complex considerations including international agreements, treaties, and rules and regulations.

Aarna Law is currently amongst very few law practices in India exploring the uncharted domain of space law. We have previously seconded resources to the legal department of the India’s leading space companies, representing them in arbitration related litigation and advising on strategy.

We have pioneered various aspects of space law in India, many of which are still in their infancy:

  • Served as counsel for an Aerospace corporation in Bangalore on various matters involving an advisory and representative role. A member of our team was seconded to this Corporation and as a result we have acquired a nuanced understanding of technical and commercial aspects of Space Law and allied concepts
  • Conducted extensive research into space insurance, and public & private partnership
  • Provided legal advice and assistance to start-ups in the space technology industry and Technology Transfer Agreements and Intellectual Property
  • Represented a leading Indian Space Company in large scale litigation and advised on strategies for arbitrations.