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By Oleksiy Burchevskyy November 2019 – Ukraine’s space industry has entered a new era. On 25 October 2019 the President signed the recently approved Law of Ukraine “On Amendments to Certain Laws of Ukraine on the State Regulation of Space Activities”. The main purpose of the new legislation is to commercialise space activities in Ukraine, which […]

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