Space Law

Welcome to Don’t Call the Airline! - Don't Call the Airline!

Since a stream of news pieces have gone out, you may have found this blog in your research. Yes, I’m the guy in the manufactured spend articles on …

Cathay Pacific

First 'space nation' set to blast off from Earth Saturday

Asgardia exists mostly online, but soon its first bit of territory will claim its independence ... from the pull of Earth's gravity.<p>The first nation in space finally launches Saturday from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.<p>Although the physical territory of Asgardia will consist solely of …

Exploration

Who owns space? A guy called Dennis

If you think Earth is plentiful, wait until we get to space. Many thousands of near-Earth asteroids are littered with valuable minerals, and the moon …

World News

Scientists call for a treaty to protect Apollo moon sites and other famous space places

What’s the best way to preserve the Apollo footprints on the moon, the Face on Mars, or the mysterious “white spots” on the dwarf planet Ceres? A …

Moon

Who owns space?

We're standing at the starting line of a new space race, one that could trigger a gold rush-like hunt for resources. Companies are lining up to …

Exploration

What NASA's Simulated Missions Tell Us about the Need for Martian Law

<i>The following essay is reprinted with permission from The Conversation, an online publication covering the latest research.</i><p>Six people recently …

NASA

How Will Martian Laws Differ From Earth's Laws?

Six people recently returned from an eight-month long isolation experiment to test human endurance for long-term space missions. Their “journey to …

What NASA’s simulated missions tell us about the need for Martian law

Six people recently returned from an eight-month long isolation experiment to test human endurance for long-term space missions. Their “journey to …

Outer Space Treaty of 1967

Treaty on principles governing the activities of states in the exploration and use of outer space, including the moon and other celestial …

History of Science

Build on the outer space treaty

Fifty years on, the agreement is being pushed to its limits by changing geopolitics, technology and commercial interests, warns Joan …

Exploration

Top 10 Bizarre Government Agencies And Departments

All countries have agencies and departments that oversee different sectors of their economy. For instance, most countries have departments of …

List-Worthy

Creative Writing Prompt: Intergalactic Relations

Today’s creative writing prompt is signed by the the Outer Space Treaty, which went into effect on this date in 1967—exactly 50 years ago. The treaty …

Exploration

The Extraterrestrial Impact of the South China Sea Dispute

History offers lessons for the coming legal and geopolitical debates in space.

South China Sea

University launches center to train lawyers on outer space

CLEVELAND (AP) — An Ohio university is developing a new center to train future lawyers to become experts in space law.<p>Cleveland.com reports Cleveland …

Cleveland

Luxembourg Legalizes Space Mining -- Here's What That Means for You

The door to mining the Moon just opened. Now we see who will walk through.<p>Friday, Sept. 22, NASA's OSIRIS-REx asteroid mining spacecraft -- launched …

Investing

Trash or treasure? A lot of space debris is junk, but some is precious heritage

Most of us will never have the opportunity to travel into space. But we can feel connected to it in other ways.<p>Above us right now, and every day, are …

Space Debris

After IRNSS-1H's failure, ISRO will resume satellite launches by December

Nearly a month after its unsuccessful attempt at placing a navigation satellite into space, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is gearing …

Technology (India)

ISRO Gearing Up For Next Launch In November-December

Nearly a month after its unsuccessful attempt at placing a navigation satellite into space, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is gearing …

ISRO

An Accident On The Moon, Young Lawyers To The Rescue

When Alexia Boggs was applying to law school, she initially considered all the big specialties, but none of them seemed quite right.<p>"I was looking for a field of law where none of my family could ever seek my help," she says, sarcastic but also not really joking.<p>She found what she was looking for …

World News

Does Luxembourg Have Any Business Entering the Space Race?

Once upon a time in the twentieth century, there was an era called the Space Race, a few glorious decades of scientific discovery in the name of …

Long-form Journalism

So, You Want To Be A Space Lawyer…

You really can get a certificate in space law from an accredited law school.

Law

In the Era of Civilian Space Travel, What Laws Do We Bring with Us?

Michael Driver<p>Space travel technology, such as the space elevator, will bring average citizens beyond Earth’s atmosphere sooner than you’d think. What will that do to our understanding of our worlds?<p>What if getting into space was as easy as stepping into an elevator? A 60,000-mile shaft that …

Space

Hack Space Debris At Your Peril

Who has dibs on space debris? If getting to it were a solved problem, it sure would be fun to use dead orbital hardware as something of a hacker’s …

Exploration

Ambiguous laws could prevent us from taking full advantage of celestial resources

Mining in Space<p>In 1967, the US, the UK, and what was then the Soviet Union signed the Outer Space Treaty (OST), the only law governing the activities …

Exploration

Dr. Space Junk Unearths the Cultural Landscape of the Cosmos

When Neil Armstrong stepped onto the moon, in 1969, the first images of his momentous leap were received and relayed by antennas at the Honeysuckle Creek Tracking Station, nestled in the foothills of a remote mountain valley in the Australian Alps, south of Canberra. Nothing now remains of the …

Culture

Floating Treasure: Space Law Needs to Catch Up with Asteroid Mining

The Outer Space Treaty (OST) turns 50 in October. The foundational 1967 pact establishes space as “the province of all mankind” and forbids the …

Space Exploration

DND uncertain how best to defend satellites

Canada is party to the Outer Space Treaty of 1967 which commits members to the peaceful use of space<p>The Canadian military is looking for ways to …

Canada

Building off US law to create an international registry of extraterrestrial mining claims

Passage of space resources laws in the US and Luxembourg have raised questions about whether treaties grant rights for extracted resources to …

Determine

Nasa job vacancy: Defender of the Earth - must have experience

Nasa is preparing to defend the world from alien "contamination" and searching for a "planetary protection officer" - with a salary of $187,000 …

Space Exploration

NASA Job Opening - Hiring a Planetary Protection Officer - Protect Earth from Alien Life?

Want to protect the planet? There is a NASA job opening for a Planetary Protection Officer at the time of this writing. What? Yes! It appears that …

Exploration