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Decree 995/91

Trust the National Commission for Space Activities (CONAE). Functions.

Bs. As. 28/5/91


That the progress of space science and technology is of great interest to the National State, due to the many derivations of public order that its practical applications determine.

That our country preserves its right to technological and scientific development for peaceful purposes.

It is necessary to take advantage of the experience gained by our country in the space field.

That the technical complexity of space activities makes it necessary to organize and coordinate all national entities, both private and public, related to them, avoiding dispersion and overlapping efforts.

The establishment of a national authority that centralizes, organizes, administers and implements a global space policy is necessary.

That the ARGENTINA REPUBLIC rejects any offensive military use of space activities, and recognizes its willingness to work in this field with a high sense of peace, responsibility and transparency.

It is desirable to increase the participation of the National Congress in the programming and conflicting of national space policy.




Article. 1.- Créase the NATIONAL COMMISSION ON SPACE ACTIVITIES (CONAE), with capacity to act publicly and privately, in scientific, technical, industrial, commercial, administrative and financial orders, with full administrative and financial autarchy, and with direct and exclusive dependence on the President of the Nation.

Art. 2.- The NATIONAL COMMISSION ON SPACE ACTIVITIES is the only agency of the national State competent to understand, design, execute, control, manage and manage projects and undertakings in space, and has the following functions:

(a) To propose the National Space Plan for the Peaceful Uses and Uses of Space Science and Technology and its funding mechanism, which should be approved by the NATIONAL EXECUTIVE PODER.

(b) Centralize, organize, manage and implement the National Space Plan.


(a) Conduct research tasks leading to the formation of groups, which possess disciplines and techniques necessary for access to space technology and its applications.

(b) Undertake advanced engineering development tasks, covering the necessary fields to achieve adequate national space technology.

(c) To implement and contribute to the comprehensive development of national space projects.

(d) Ensure training and continuing development of researchers, practitioners, technicians and appropriate staff through courses, scholarships and interaction with universities, State agencies and other institutions in the country or abroad.

(e) channel the transfer of space technology for uses in agronomy, cartography, mining prospecting, meteorology, geology, environment, medicine, communications, defense, industrial or other areas, to state entities, and especially, under licence, to the private sector, providing technical assistance to achieve the quality guidelines it determines.

(f) To conclude agreements with other private agencies or entities of the country in order to transfer or cooperate in the development of space activities.

(g) To provide technical assistance to the National State for participation in conferences, conventions, conferences, meetings and international bodies devoted to space issues.

(h) To coordinate all activities of the National Space System, including all public and private institutions that undertake, directly or indirectly, space activities.

(i) To obtain the necessary financial resources to carry out its activities.

(j) To promote and develop cooperation agreements with public and private entities in other countries, in accordance with the foreign policy of the Republic and with the appropriate intervention of the MINISTERY OF FOREIGN AND CULTO RELATIONS.

Art. 4.- Without prejudice to the provisions of the previous articles, CONAE, acting with public and private capacity, may:

(a) Designate and remove scientific, technical and administrative staff, in a temporary or definitive manner.

(b) dictate its internal rules of procedure and establish its organizational structure.

(c) To conclude agreements with public or private entities, and to conclude contracts necessary for the fulfilment of their purposes.

(d) perform trade acts, as a result of the contracts it concludes, inherent in the purposes set out in this decree.

(e) To perform all legal acts necessary for its normal functioning.

(f) To propose a regime for the control of any transfer abroad of space and arms control equipment and technology, in accordance with the criteria and parameters of non-proliferation; such a regime requires the prior authorization of a commission to be established, composed of the DEFENSA MINISTERIA, ECONOMY AND ARTWORKS and SERVICES FOREIGN AND CULTO .

Art. 5 LA The NATIONAL COMMISSION ON SPACE ACTIVITIES (CONAE), will have the following organizational structure:

(a) A President and a Vice-President, appointed by the NATIONAL EXECUTIVE POWER with Senate agreement. They will last four years in their duties, being able to be elected indefinitely, and may be removed by a decision of the President of the Nation.

The President shall exercise the legal representation of the body.

The functions of the President and the Vice-President shall be to carry out the executive and administrative tasks of CONAE, having to submit to the President of the Nation an annual report of the activities carried out.

(b) A Directory, composed of a representative from each of the following sectors of the National Civil Service:

Science and technology;

- communications

External relations and worship;


- economy;


- culture and education.

Each representative shall last for four years. Three members of the first Board shall be appointed for the half of the period, in order to allow their partial renewal by half, every two years.

The functions of the Board will be:

(i) The definition and monitoring of the annual guidelines for the implementation of the Special National Plan.

(ii) The evaluation of the activities carried out by CONAE.

(iii) The adoption of the report of the President and the Vice-President.

(iv) The preparation of the proposed regular annual programme budget, which should contain a detailed discrimination of the provisions for each programme to be implemented in that period.

The Board will hold regular meetings on a monthly basis. At the request of the President, or of the Vice-President in the exercise of the Presidency, may hold extraordinary meetings.

Art. 6.- These are resources of the NATIONAL COMMISSION ON SPACE ACTIVITIES:

(a) the items allocated to it in the budget of the Nation, whose parliamentary approval shall be managed through the Executive Branch in accordance with the following procedure:

I) before each year, the Commission will raise an annual programme containing a detailed analysis of all projects planned for that period, together with an annual report on its activities.

II) The request for approval of the budget lines shall be made with respect to each particular project and the annual programme in general.

(b) Income from the economic and commercial exploitation of patents, licences, advice, provision of services and any other originating in the activity it develops.

(c) funds that come or are allocated for the application of special laws.

(d) The income awarded to him for research and studies.

(e) donations and legacies.

Art. 7.- The heritage of the NATIONAL COMMISSION ON SPACE ACTIVITIES shall be integrated with the following assets:

(a) The premises and facilities of the National Commission for Space Research (CNIE) located in Avenida Dorrego 4010 de la Capital Federal, the industrial plant of Falda del Carmen in the Province of Córdoba and the laboratory for Space Research of San Miguel in the Province of Buenos Aires, which will be transferred to CONAE as administrative and technical headquarters.

(b) those who are substantially affected by the Armed Forces and other State agencies to space activities to date; for that purpose, the DEFENSA MINISTERY shall carry out over thirty days a survey and the corresponding inventory for transfer.

(c) the actions, rights and obligations of the National Commission for Space Research (CNIE) to be held in or in respect of companies, D.E.A.; I.A.S.A.; IFAT Corporation; Consultc; Desintec; Consen; and with respect to any other legal entity, to be preserved and exercised to the extent that its purpose is compatible with the object and purposes of the NATIONAL COMMITTEE.

(d) those who subsequently acquire pursuant to the provisions of this decree or other laws applicable to it

Art. 8.- Default of Decree No. 1.165 of 28 January 1960, and dissolution of the National Commission for Space Research (CNIA), providing that all the elements, parts and components of the Condor II missile, in all its versions and stages of development, which exist to date, shall be deactivated, dismantled, reconverted and/or unused according to their possibilities of use in applications and destination.

Art. 9.- Contact, post, give to the National Directorate of the Official Register and archvese. . MENEM . Antonio E. Gonzalez. Guido Di Tella. . Domingo F. Cavallo.