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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Streamlined Launch and Reentry Licensing Requirements – Federal Aviation Administration Final Rule

By Aimee Fanter On September 30, 2020, the Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration issued the “Streamlined Launch and Reentry Licensing Requirements” for publication in the Federal Register. The Department of Transportation released these updated and streamlined regulations for the commercial space launch and reentry industry in response to the Space Policy Directive-2 (SPD-2). SPD-2 …

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New Guidelines Help Cushion the Impact of Lunar Activities

By Jeffrey Murphy In 2017, President Donald Trump announced a plan to return to the Moon. This plan manifested in the Artemis Program (Artemis was the twin sister of Apollo). NASA drafted the Artemis Accords in collaboration with international partners to create a legal framework for activities in the lunar environment. On Tuesday, October 13th, …

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ROSCOSMOS Virtual Conference on International Space Law: An Overview

On September 3, 2020, ROSCOSMOS held the first online conference on international space law. The Conference was dedicated to the international exchange of views on legal aspects of the exploration, production, and use of outer space resources. This blog article summarizes those views. Mr. Michael Gold, Acting Assistant Administrator for International and Inter-Agency Relations at …

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The Global Space Law Center Kicks Off the 2020/21 Academic Year

The Global Space Law Center is embarking on an exciting year of activity as we expand our Research Council, unveil our Space Law Research Guide, host a new webinar series, and launch a new year of the STARLAW Blog.  Vladimir Mandl: The First Book on Space Law Now Available Online The GSLC Space Law Research Guide is …

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