U.S. Government In Space

July 29 marked the 59th anniversary of the signing of the National Aeronautics and Space Act (which created NASA) by President Eisenhower. A recent question for government operations in space: the launch (pun intended) of a new military division, the “U.S. Space Corps.” The controversial idea has both its supporters and detractors at all levels. […]

Ownership of the Moon

When I spoke on space law the day after the 48th anniversary of the Apollo moon landing, this article was making the rounds about the legal status of claims to outer space, including moon-related artifacts. Here’s a recent update about a group working to get the UN involved in designating certain lunar areas as heritage […]

Update: Luxembourg Get Serious About Space Mining

I posted a couple weeks ago about Luxembourg’s developing legal framework for private space exploration (specifically, mining space resources); the law went into effect today, August 1 (with at least one news outlet reporting it is more liberal than the 2015 SPACE Act provisions as it eases domestic registration requirements). Reuters has a report out […]

Japan Joins the Private Space Race

Recently, Japanese private space company Interstellar Technologies Inc. has joined the private space race. While their rocket, Momo, failed to reach outer space* (shutting off after losing contact shortly into flight) it marks a major attempt by another country’s domestic aerospace industry to join the revolution in private, commercial space flight.  The English version of […]

Luxembourg Passes Private Appropriation of Space Resources Law

The law permitting private commercial actors to exploit space resources is a first for Europe, and follows America’s lead. Forbes reports that Luxembourg’s Parliament approved a law permitting commercial entities to exploit space resources (resources such as water and minerals found in space). The appropriation of resources found in outer space is a major topic […]

Langley’s Centennial, William Shatner, & My Appearance At FreedomFest

A quick shout out to the NASA’s Langley Research Center (established under the 1915 National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) – a precursor to NASA), celebrating its 100th birthday this week. Space.com provides a link to a video history of Langley narrated by the one and only William Shatner. Captain Kirk himself will also be […]

Trump Revives the National Space Council

Background On June 30, 2017, President Trump issued Executive Order No. 13803: “Reviving the National Space Council.” A successor to the National Aeronautics and Space Council (NASC), the National Space Council was effectively disbanded in 1993 after only four years. Vice President Pence will act as Chair of the Council.  His appointment as Chair means […]