The proposed “nation” of Asgardia has generated a lot of buzz in the media since its announcement and even more so with its spread through social media. The proposed scientific haven is the brainchild of several key figures in the scientific and academic community. There is plenty of information on the proposal online, so this […]Read more "A Quick Reality Check: Asgardia Does Not Pass The Sniff Test for an Independent State"
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"
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"
Forty-nine years ago, the Holy See became a signatory to the Outer Space Treaty. On first blush, the Holy See becoming a signatory to the Outer Space Treaty may seem to be an enigma, but on closer examination there is a rationale for its participation. Consider the legal effect of signature of an international treaty. […]Read more "The Holy See and the Outer Space Treaty"
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?"
An unforeseen circumstance of state commercial space limited liability laws at the time they were passed was the passage of the Commercial Space Launch Competitiveness Act and specifically the Act’s effect on jurisdiction for adjudicating legal actions arising out of commercial spaceflight activities. The Commercial Space Launch Competitiveness Act amends 51 U.S.C. § 50914 to […]Read more "Adjudicating Commercial Spaceflight Limited Liability Laws in State Court"
It is with sadness the passing of Justice Antoine Scalia and with it one of the longest serving and perhaps most vigorous justices on the U.S. Supreme Court. Having met the man when he came to my law school for a visit during my first-year of law school, I was impressed with him not only […]Read more "Justice Scalia, the Constitution and the Outer Space Treaty"
The latest candidate for state laws limiting liability for commercial space activities was introduced in Georgia with the Georgia Space Flight Act. The bill, which is sponsored by Georgia state representatives Jason Spencer, Mickey Stephens, Ron Stephens, Jeff Jones, John Corbett and Craig Gordon, is designed along the line of other state-sponsored bills to facilitate […]Read more "Immunity from Nuisance: Georgia’s New Twist for State Commercial Space Laws"
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"