The Top Five Issues in International Space Law

Our student-staffed Research Council has been brainstorming about the most critical issues facing the space community on an international level. We identified the following five issues as the most pressing (in order of importance). Do you agree? 1. The definition of the “peaceful use” of outer space and the limits of militarization. 2. The (il)legality of kinetic …

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Inspiration 4: Any Need for Regulating Private Orbital Spaceflight?

Congratulations to SpaceX for a flawless launch of Inspiration4!  For those of you interested in the legalities, we dug up the FAA launch license for the mission.  By the way, remember when the X-Prize was won in 2004? We had safety regulations (such as they are) in place by 2006 – 15 years before the first …

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THE REGISTRATION PROJECT Holds First Public Workshop

On June 24th, The Registration Project held its first Public Workshop in order to bring its work before a college of space law experts (as well as the general public) to seek broader input from all stakeholders. The Workshop was hosted by Moon Dialogs as part of a series of high-profile webinars focused on the governance of lunar activity.  The …

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What a Year! The Global Space Law Center Celebrates the Successes of the 2020/21 Academic Year and Looks Forward to a Special June 24th Workshop.

The Global Space Law Center‘s STARLAW Blog Named #2 Space Law Blog The Global Space Law Center’s blog, The STARLAW Blog, was named the #2 blog on FeedSpot’s 2021 ranking of the top five blogs on issues of space law and policy. Many thanks to our talented contributors and faithful subscribers! Special thanks goes to our recent graduate, Kristina …

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Artemis Receives Praise and Skepticism From NASA Inspector General

Jeff Murphy, JD ’21, Research Council Member, Global Space Law Center at Cleveland State University On April 19, 2021, the NASA Office of the Inspector General (OIG) released an Artemis Status Update. The report brings a touch of reality to the hype that naturally comes with daring space missions. At the start, the report describes …

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The Registration Project: The Registration of Lunar Activities

Mark Sundahl & Kristina Schiavone A new space law initiative, the Registration Project, was launched earlier this year to address the shortcomings of the existing law and practice regarding the registration of space objects and activities as the international community faces a new era of lunar exploration. This self-governed working group is a joint venture …

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A Mega-Crisis with Mega-Constellations

Aimee Fanter, JD’21, GSLC Research Council Member To humanity, outer space is the last great unknown. The notion of the night sky has always painted a mysterious and romantic picture – untouched by civilization. But this changed in 1957, with the launch of Sputnik 1. Soon after, our night sky changed. We no longer see …

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Is That The North Star? No, I Think It’s a Satellite

Kristina Schiavone, JD ’21, GSLC Research Council Member The Global Space Law Center is pleased to introduce the first of two articles in a series on mega-constellations. Each article will address the scientific communities growing concerns, as well as, the Federal Communication Commission (“FCC”) licensing requirements for mega-constellations. Introduction Sadly, Earth’s skyline may look a …

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The GSLC Hits the Ground Running in 2021: An Update on the Center’s Activities

The Global Space Law Center continues to be engaged in an exciting year of activity as our student-staffed Research Council takes part in multiple new initiatives and activities, including the launch of the Registration Project and the Council’s support of the recently constituted Global Expert Group for Sustainable Lunar Activities (GEGSLA). But we begin our report with the …

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Is Mars a Free Planet? Elon Musk Seems To Think So.

Kristina Schiavone, JD ’21, GSLC Research Council Member Elon Musk and his company, SpaceX, are constantly breaking barriers in the space industry. Although a precise time frame has not yet been established, SpaceX plans to create a self-sustaining colony on Mars. What was once science fiction is slowly turning into a reality. Of course, with …

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