Space


Right now, outer space and celestial bodies are mostly regulated by the laws of physics, not human laws. Still, they hold a great promise as the final frontier, an endless production field for future mining companies, a great place for futuristic vacation, a possible new home for our species, and even as a domain for warfare. As people advance beyond the skies, they bring their laws with them. Explore the cosmic laws, existing and those that are yet to come, and take a sneak peak at what the human endeavors in the stars would be like.

Commercial Space and Its Role in the World Today: an Expert View
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Commercial Space and Its Role in the World Today: an Expert View

Russian cosmist philosophers of the 19th century believed not only that humankind’s future lay in the stars; they said that we were destined to reach beyond our planet like a child eventually leaves the cradle. What looked like a pipedream in the coal and steam world, led to the launch of the first human being …

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Space Lawyer Frans von der Dunk: Current International Space Law Is Far Too Vague and Broad
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Space Lawyer Frans von der Dunk: Current International Space Law Is Far Too Vague and Broad

We have already talked with a few space lawyers, which seems to be a profession that most probably think belongs to the world of science fiction or some 22nd century world. Still, as we slowly head towards the 22nd century and already consider using the asteroid belt as a production field, and the Moon as …

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Elsbeth Magilton J.D.: Space, Cyber, and Telecommunications Law and Policy Touch Every Satellite, Every Phone Call, Every Online Transaction
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Elsbeth Magilton J.D.: Space, Cyber, and Telecommunications Law and Policy Touch Every Satellite, Every Phone Call, Every Online Transaction

The world is changing, and it’s nothing like it was even twenty years ago. Most miraculous futuristic things described by sci-fi classics back in the sixties and the seventies are now mundane, if not boring. So, it’s no wonder that education has to keep up with this technological advancement got loose. Apparently, some colleges already …

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May the Space Force Be With You, Mr. Trump
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May the Space Force Be With You, Mr. Trump

It seems Donald Trump’s fantasy about having space force is no longer a fantasy. A few days ago, Vice President Mike Pence appeared together with Defense Secretary James Mattis to announce the Trump administration’s plan on creating the sixth branch of U.S. military. Best-laid Plans In his speech, Mr. Pence mentioned the new branch will …

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ISS’s Retirement May Be Postponed as U.S. Senate Is About to Review a Bill Prolonging Its Operation by 2030
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ISS’s Retirement May Be Postponed as U.S. Senate Is About to Review a Bill Prolonging Its Operation Until 2030

On August 1st, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation voted in favour of the Space Frontier Act, S. 3277 cosponsored by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) and Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA). The pivotal concerns of the bill are the extension of the ISS service to 2030 and the amendments regarding …

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Claiming that Space Is not a Commons Is a Bad Strategy
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Claiming That Space Is not a Commons Is a Bad Strategy

A recent U.S. House Bill, H.R.2809 – American Space Commerce Free Enterprise Act, includes a section stating, “Notwithstanding any other provision of law, outer space shall not be considered a global commons.” I share some of the concerns underlying this move, but question whether it is the most effective strategy to legally defend either American …

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