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?"
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 […]Read more "A great illustration of Senator McCain’s battle against the RD-180"
The hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee on January 27, 2016 did not disappoint. Senator McCain came out strong against Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James and Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Frank Kendall with what can be characterized as a verbal flogging. Doubtless, Senator McCain is doubly […]Read more "Thoughts on the RD-180, Senator McCain and Unicorns"
January 11th marks the ninth anniversary of China’s infamous test of a direct-ascent ASAT on its weather satellite FY-1C in polar orbit. It goes without saying the test was an alarming event, the effects of which are still being felt today both in terms of the orbital debris environment the test created, and the wake-up […]Read more "FY-1C: Nine Years Later We’re Still Hitting the Snooze Button"
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 […]Read more "The Interaction of the Definition of Astronaut and International Law"