Defining ‘Outer Space’

As with a number of space law terms, the space treaties do not provide a definition of outer space. While for the most part a common-sense approach works there are times when it leads to a lack of certainty and clarity. However, generally speaking this has not really been an issue but it worth examining, […]

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What is a Space Object?

There was a recent article on[1] 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[2]). […]

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Sentinel 5P and Brexit

On Friday Sentinel-5P was launched. The British press were keen to emphasise that it was ‘British built’[1], 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 […]

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