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date: 16 August 2022

Business, Legal, and Policy Issues in Relation to Increased Private Space Activitylocked

Business, Legal, and Policy Issues in Relation to Increased Private Space Activitylocked

  • Mark J. SundahlMark J. SundahlProfessor Director, Global Space Center Cleveland-Marshall College of Law Cleveland State University

Summary

Throughout the history of human activity in outer space, the role of private companies has steadily grown, and, in some cases, companies have even replaced government agencies as the primary actors in space. As private space activity has grown and diversified, the laws and regulations that govern private actors have been forced to evolve in reaction to the new realities of the industry. On the international level, the treaties concluded in the 1960s and 1970s continue to be in force today. However, these treaties only govern state activity in space. The rules regulating private industry are necessarily domestic in nature, and it is in these domestic laws that the evolution of space law can be most clearly seen. That said, new industries, such as asteroid mining, are testing the limits of international law and have forced the international community to examine whether changes to long-standing laws are needed.

Subjects

  • Planetary Science Policy and Planning
  • Space Law

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