UPDATE July 13th: CMSEO announced Tiangong-2 is slated to re-enter on July 19th. Beijing has been silent about the Tiangong-2 space station, which is supposed to be reentering the atmosphere this month. The China Manned Space Engineering Office (CMSEO) announced the controlled reentry of Tiangong-2 in July 2019. The decision was reportedly made on September […]Read more "What’s Going on with Tiangong-2?"
Space policy circles and the media are flush with the idea of space weapons and an arms race in outer space. Most of this is attention comes from political factions to rail the policies of the current President but it also comes from geopolitical rivals who seek to use the issue as a soft-power bludgeon […]Read more "Defining the Indefinable: Obscenity and Space Weapons"
The National Geographic Channel debuted its second season of the series “Mars” on November 12, 2018. The series picks in the second season with the International Mars Science Foundation settlement, Olympus Town, firmly established and attempts to introduce space law to weave into the plot. Unfortunately, like the last attempt to articulate space law in […]Read more "National Geographic “Mars” and More Space Law Missteps"
Finding myself with a brief interlude between projects the events of the past few weeks and in particular the announcement of the effort to create a sixth branch of the military focusing on outer space and the effort to create a manual for “rules” for military operations in outer space have prompted this post. My […]Read more "Thoughts on “Being First”, Dominance and Outer Space"
The 60th anniversary of Sputnik-1 by the Soviet Union is rightfully recognized as marking a significant step in the space age, but equally important is its contribution to space law in that essentially brought space law out of theory and into practice. Up until that time, there were two conflicting views of the accessibility of […]Read more "Sputnik, Space Law and the Future of Custom"
I did a short (less than 20 minutes) video on the topic of space resources. You can find the video on Space Law and Policy Solution’s Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/spacelawpolicy/videos/812383192261718Read more "Space Resources"
The newly appointed Air Force Secretary, Heather Wilson, made an noteworthy comment the day after her confirmation as Air Force Secretary regarding U.S. Air Force space doctrine. Secretary Wilson made the comment when testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee, Strategic Forces subcommittee. Secretary Wilson noted before the subcommittee space is not a “benign” environment […]Read more "Does the New Air Force Posture Towards Outer Space Portend or Prod a Shift in U.S. National Security Space Policy?"
A version of this post appeared in the July 2016 Issue of Space Alert published by the Observer Research Foundation. A head on dispute of sorts has arisen between the commercial space industry in the United States and India with regards to the small-sat launch business. The underlying issue is the surge of private investment […]Read more "India’s Commercial Space Conundrum"
The Parliament of Denmark passed a domestic space law on May 3, 2016, and thanks to a tweet by PJ Blount, I was able to get a copy of the text in Danish. It was my intention to do a comprehensive analysis for Space Thoughts, but I am going to save that for an essay […]Read more "A Quick Look at Denmark’s New Space Law"
My posts on this blog have been few and far in-between over the past couple months, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been giving a lot of thought to the current space legal and policy environment. Most notably in my thoughts has been the Outer Space Treaty and specifically how it is becoming more of […]Read more "Is It Time to Retire the Outer Space Treaty?"