Understanding the Legal Status of the Apollo Lunar Samples

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 […]

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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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Thoughts on H.R. 2262, Section 107, the Federal Courts and Commercial Space [Updated]

The “Spurring Private Aerospace Competitiveness and Entrepreneurship Act of 2015” (H.R. 2262) has a significant provision that would grant the federal courts of the United States exclusive jurisdiction over any legal actions arising out of a launch license issued by the FAA. H.R. 2262 states in part: SEC. 107. FEDERAL JURISDICTION.    Section 50914 of title […]

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