Space Mining and National Appropriation

Last year the US passed a bill that purports to give exclusive rights to US companies to mine asteroids and reap the economic profits of their activities. While I am in full support of encouraging the development of this new industry, the law has divided the space community. There are those who believe it is… Continue reading Space Mining and National Appropriation

Why International Law Matters in Space Part II – Because, military!

Cross-posted from Intlawgrrls In the first part of this blog post yesterday, I described the extent to which we are dependent on space technologies for our daily activities, and the role of international law.  But what about military activities? Right from the beginning of the space race between the USSR and the USA in the… Continue reading Why International Law Matters in Space Part II – Because, military!

Why international law matters in outer space – Part I

Cross-posted from Intlawgrrls Image credit: http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20120518-danger-space-junk-alertMost of us don’t think about outer space when we think of international law, but the technologies that allow us to expand our exploration and use of our space environment also drive our modern global society, and international law is at the cross section.  Our daily activities, from email, phone… Continue reading Why international law matters in outer space – Part I

War by satellite in Hollywood: A Review of “Good Kill”

While it does not take place in outer space, the 2015 film “Good Kill” is relevant for space law matters because of the satellite technology involved in drone warfare. And it also paints an interesting picture of the weird world in which a war can be fought in a foreign territory, in this case in… Continue reading War by satellite in Hollywood: A Review of “Good Kill”