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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Daria Chalupa JD ’20 Joins the Global Space Law Center Research Council

The Global Space Law Center has welcomed Daria Chalupa as the newest member of the GSLC Research Council. She has already begun work on the development of the fundamental principles to be adopted by the Moon Village Association to guide the establishment of the first permanent human settlement on the Moon. Ms. Chalupa’s biography, in her …

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The Buzz Generated from Swarm Technologies

Kristina Schiavone, GSLC Research Council Member — October 22, 2019 Sara Spangelo started Swarm Industries in 2016 with the idea of creating “a loose exoskeleton around the planet, allowing internet-connected devices, from tiny sensors to phones, to communicate with one another back on the ground.” The “loose exoskeleton” of satellites was dubbed the name SpaceBees. …

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Congratulations New Members of the GSLC Research Council!

Please join me in congratulating the 2019/20 members of the Global Space Law Center Research Council: Aimee Fanter, Jeffrey Murphy, Stephen Robison, and Kristina Schiavone.  The Global Space Law Center’s student-staffed Research Council provides critical research support for both international and domestic space law initiatives. The space industry has achieved extraordinary feats in recent years, but the industry …

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