On Monday 15 January, the 2nd anniversary of British ESA astronaut Tim Peake’s historic spacewalk, the House of Commons debated the Space Industry Bill after its second reading. I have discussed the Space Industry Bill, and its predecessor in the last Parliament, the Spaceflight Bill, on several occasions so I won’t go into great detail […]Read more "UK Space Industry Bill: Second Commons Reading"
2017 has been an interesting and exciting year in the world of space law and policy. It was, of course, the 50th anniversary of the Outer Space Treaty so there was quite a lot of focus on that this year. But space law has seemed to become, if not ‘mainstream’ then certainly more prominent this […]Read more "Happy Holidays: Some End of Year Thoughts"
The UK Space Industry Bill has now passed the House of Lords and is on its way to the House of Commons, the date for its second reading has yet to be announced but I would imagine it won’t be until the new year but you can keep track of its progress here. The Space […]Read more "UK Space Industry Bill: A Missed Opportunity to Promote British Space Mining?"
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"