A Quick Reality Check: Asgardia Does Not Pass The Sniff Test for an Independent State

The proposed “nation” of Asgardia has generated a lot of buzz in the media since its announcement and even more so with its spread through social media. The proposed scientific haven is the brainchild of several key figures in the scientific and academic community. There is plenty of information on the proposal online, so this […]

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Understanding the Legal Status of the Apollo Lunar Samples

The Outer Space Treaty is a greatly misunderstood legal instrument.  While many profess to understand the Treaty, there are many misconceptions about the effect the underlying legal effect the Treaty has on national space activities.  Particularly, there is much misunderstanding about the legal status of the lunar samples acquired by the United States during the […]

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Adjudicating Commercial Spaceflight Limited Liability Laws in State Court

An unforeseen circumstance of state commercial space limited liability laws at the time they were passed was the passage of the Commercial Space Launch Competitiveness Act and specifically the Act’s effect on jurisdiction for adjudicating legal actions arising out of commercial spaceflight activities. The Commercial Space Launch Competitiveness Act amends 51 U.S.C. § 50914 to […]

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