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"
A recent essay in The Space Review discusses a plan to effectuate space debris remediation. While their space debris remediation scheme raises a lot of questions, the authors make a puzzling comment towards the end of their essay with reference to Article IX. Article IX of the OST, among other things, calls on nations to […]Read more "Space Debris Remediation and the Customary Usage of Article IX"
The LUCH (OLYMP) satellite, which is designated NORAD ID 40258, was launched by the Russian Federation on Sept. 28, 2014, aboard a Proton-M rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The spacecraft was built by ISS Reshetnev, a Russian satellite manufacturer. According to an October 9, 2015 article in Space News, NORAD 40258 has caused […]Read more "The Account of NORAD 40258 and U.S. Options Under Article IX"
The Martian opened at theaters this weekend with high expectations and promising reviews. My intent was to go and be entertained, but more importantly I wanted to see the movie firsthand because it has the probability of being spun up into a policy tool by the media much in the same way Gravity was used […]Read more "‘The Martian’ : Space Law Hits and Misses"