Space Law

space war

Trump’s Vision of a ‘Space Force’ May Conflict With the Outer Space Treaty

Trump sees space as a “warfighting domain.” The Outer Space Treaty disagrees.
Becky Ferreira
6.18.18
rave in space

Astronomers Are Annoyed at a New Zealand Company That Launched a Disco Ball Into Orbit

The Humanity Star is a poetic and entirely useless satellite. For astronomers, however, it’s a pain in the ass.
Daniel Oberhaus
1.25.18
News

SpaceX Is Already Working on Legal Approval for Its 2018 Mars Flight

The FAA is already working with SpaceX to ensure its Mars mission complies with the international Outer Space Treaty.
Jason Koebler
5.18.16
London

The US Says Asteroid Mining Is Legal for Americans. What About Everyone Else?

A new US law says American companies can keep resources they obtain in space, but some argue it contravenes international space law.
Victoria Turk
12.1.15
uk

We Need to Clear Up Space Debris to Make Way for the Small Satellite Boom

With the influx of CubeSats, lower Earth orbit is going to get very busy.
Victoria Turk
11.25.15
uk

These Guys Are Trying to Crash a Rocket into the Moon and It Just Might Work

"Life without having your own space programme is not really as exciting as it could be."
Victoria Turk
10.1.15
News

The US Mulls Breaking an International Treaty So Americans Can Mine Asteroids

"We're taking the right to regulate interstate commerce and have taken it to mean the right to regulate interplanetary commerce."
Jason Koebler
5.14.15
Space

Designing Rockets Might Be Easier Than Parsing the SpaceX Copyright Situation

Elon Musk may not be technically allowed to put his photos into the "public domain."
Jason Koebler
3.23.15
Features

How Satellite Companies Patent Their Orbits

Intellectual property is complicated enough—then put it in space!
Becky Ferreira
2.19.15
politics

What Happens When an Astronaut Commits a Crime in Space?

The ins and outs of orbital law and order.
Becky Ferreira
2.11.15
Space

Congress Doesn't Have the Power to Make Asteroid Mining Legal

Passing a law isn't going to make the legal mess surrounding asteroid mining go away.
Jason Koebler
9.12.14
Features

The First Space Colonies Might Be Illegal

Individual agreements will have to be signed to keep commercial space operations legal.
Jason Koebler
5.15.14
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