A great illustration of Senator McCain’s battle against the RD-180

I strive to keep Space Thoughts on substantive topics, but I will digress for this occasion.  Jeff Burney, who is a Freelance editorial cartoonist and illustrator in Ottawa, Canada created an editorial comic illustrating Senator John McCain’s fight against the RD-180 rocket engine.  I do have respect for Senator McCain, and this cartoon does not […]

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The Interaction of the Definition of Astronaut and International Law

Introduction One of the vexing issues facing international space law is the legal status of tourists who will take advantage of commercial spaceflight capabilities both sub-orbital and orbital as they become available. While these capabilities have yet to come on line, some providers are selling slots in advance to individuals who wish to experience sub-orbital […]

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