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 […]Read more "Understanding the Legal Status of the Apollo Lunar Samples"
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?"
There has been much press and public relations about the Commercial Space Launch Competitiveness Act’s and in particular its space resources provisions. Many believe, including myself, that § 51303 is contrary to the Outer Space Treaty. That being said, this post is not about my rationale for that opinion. To the extent I have analyzed […]Read more "Section 51303: The Oceans are not the Equal to Outer Space"