Opening the space industry to private business

Reform objective

To promote the development of the potential of the Ukrainian space industry and attract investments. 


Amending the legislation.


Law of Ukraine “On Amendments to Certain Laws of Ukraine Regarding State Regulation of Space Activities”, Resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine #197 “On Approval of the Procedure for Issuing (Refusing to Issue, Revoking) Permits for Certain Types of Space Activities”, Resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine #198 “On Approval of the Procedure for Filing Declarations on Space Business Activities”.


The Procedure determines the issuance of permits for the following types of activity: 

  • testing (other than computer testing) of space launch vehicles, including their units and components and spacecraft; 
  • launches of space launch vehicles and/or spacecraft; 
  • control of spacecraft in Earth orbit or outer space; 
  • return of spacecraft and/or their components returning from Earth orbit or outer space to Earth. 

Issuance and cancellation of permits are carried out by the State Space Agency free of charge within 90 calendar days from the day of the application and the necessary documents. The application for such a permit and the relevant documents can be submitted both electronically and in paper form. 

Additionally, the Law provides for a declarative principle of access to the market for space activities when it comes to safe types of activity (space researches, development, production, repair, and maintenance of space objects). 

According to the approved Procedure, declarations shall be submitted by business entities to the State Space Agency directly or through Administrative Services Centers (CNAP) in paper or electronic form not less than 5 working days before commencement of space activities. It is also free of charge. 

Why is this essential for Ukraine?

Previously, only state-owned companies could engage in space activities in Ukraine. This hindered the sector’s development. The long-standing ban has now been removed, so private companies will also be able to develop its potential. 

However, potentially dangerous activities such as rocket testing, launching, as well as control and return of spacecraft to Earth are still controlled by the Space Agency. 

These changes will allow Ukraine to play its proper role in the global space sector, attract investments and create additional jobs.