There was a recent article on Space.com discussing the definition of a satellite. The article was very good but didn’t discuss the legal situation. This has prompted this post. However, there’s more to consider especially as discussion of in-space manufacturing of satellites is becoming a ‘hot topic’ (note the recent article in the Financial Times). […]Read more "What is a Space Object?"
Like any good science fiction nerd, I have long had an interest in robots and artificial intelligence. As the moral, legal and political implications have also always been of interest to me, two of my favourite episodes of Star Trek deal with these questions, The Next Generation’s ‘The Measure of a Man’ and Voyager’s ‘Author, […]Read more "AI? Robot? AMA? Thinking About Definitions"
On Friday Sentinel-5P was launched. The British press were keen to emphasise that it was ‘British built’, one, the Mirror, goes so far as the call it “Britain’s Sentinel-5P”. I found the UK press’ coverage of Sentinel-5P to be indicative of much of the coverage of Europe and the European Union in general, and helps […]Read more "Sentinel 5P and Brexit"
Wednesday marks the 60th anniversary of the flight of Sputnik, next year marks the 50th anniversary of the flight of Apollo 8, the first flight to ‘leave Earth’s gravity well’ and fly around the Moon, and we’re rapidly approaching the 50th anniversary of the first-time human beings walked on another celestial body. We’re well into […]Read more "UNESCO on the Moon? Heritage Protection in Outer Space"
I am not an expert on nuclear weapons, nor do I claim to be. I am however a citizen of a democracy, and in particular one which has a nuclear weapons capability of its own. Nuclear weapons are a critical issue, it is no hyperbole to state that their use, even on a ‘limited’ basis, […]Read more "Some Thoughts on Nuclear Weapons or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Like the Ban"
This week I attended the fourth meeting of The Hague Space Resources Governance Working Group (I am an observer). After the publication of draft building blocks, I will do another post on them and the Working Group itself but in the meantime, I thought that I would take this opportunity to discuss space mining in […]Read more "Space Law and Space Mining"
Between Asgardia and Elon Musk inspired talk of Mars colonies, there has been quite a bit of discussion of colonization of space and celestial bodies and the possibility of setting up a space nation recently. Some of these groups have addressed, even if inadequately, some of the legal concerns surrounding creating a space colony, settlement […]Read more "Building a ‘Space Nation’"