The treaty was largely based on the declaration of legal principles governing the activities of states in the exploration and use of outer space which had been adopted by the general assembly in its resolution 1962 xviii in 1963 but added a few new provisions.
Space treaty. In june 1966 the united states and the soviet union submitted draft treaties on the uses of space to the united nations. Outer space treaty 1967 international treaty binding the parties to use outer space only for peaceful purposes. The treaty was opened for signature by the three depository governments the russian federation the united kingdom and the united. In early 1957 even before the launching of sputnik in october.
At this moment in history the best way to do that is by building an international framework of laws that will support public and private activity in outer space. Its concepts and some of its provisions were modeled on its predecessor the antarctic treaty. Springer wien 2018 isbn 978 3 319 70433 3. The outer space treaty as it is known was the second of the so called nonarmament treaties.
Vertrag ueber die grundsaetze zur regelung der taetigkeiten von staaten bei der erforschung und nutzung des weltraums einschliesslich des mondes und anderer himmelskoerper vom 27. Welcome to the space treaty project. The mission of the project is to give people hope and inspiration by helping the nations of the earth to build a common future. Like that treaty it sought to prevent a new form of colonial competition and the possible damage that self seeking exploitation might cause.