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A step towards a “one-stop shop” for commercial space regulations

President Trump holds a signed copy of Space Policy Directive 2 in the Oval Office May 24, along with Vice President Pence and National Space Council staff. (credit: official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead) This time, the administration’s latest milestone in space policy got a little less media attention. In the past, the White House heralded such milestones, such ...

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Space lawmaking

Laws in the United States governing space activities are different from those in other countries, but all have to comply with each country’s treaty obligations. (credit: J. Foust) by Lucien Rapp For almost half a century, the body of space treaties (“Corpus Juris Spatialis”) ensured the legal environment in the space sector, addressing the principles of exploration and use of ...

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The art of lawfare and the real war in outer space

The UN’s Conference on Disarmament is one forum where countries have used “lawfare” in bids to reduce the advantage of the US in space. (credit: US Mission Geneva) by Michael Listner A battle for primacy in outer space took place on August 14, 2018, among the Russian Federation, the United States, and, indirectly, the People’s Republic of China. This battle ...

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Mars: A case study in space law

Mars: A case study in space law Mars, a television series on the National Geographic Channel, began its second season on November 12. If the first episode is any indication, it will provide an in-depth look at the legal issues presented when private enterprise begins to operate on other celestial bodies. The enterprise that lands on Mars is a mining ...

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