This past Friday I had the good fortune to attend the ECSL Practitioners’ Forum at ESA headquarters in Paris. This is the third Practitioners’ Forum I have attended and they have always proved interesting and informative. This year’s was on the ‘Legal and Regulatory Aspects of Mega-Constellations’. As the Forum is conducted under ‘Chatham House […]Read more "Space Law in the City of Light"
This is the second of what will probably be three posts on the consequences of Brexit on the UK Space Sector. The first post served as a general introduction to the UK space sector and Britain’s membership of the European Space Agency. Britain’s ESA membership should be largely unaffected, it will be on the EU […]Read more "Spexit: What Does Brexit Mean for the UK’s Place in Space? Part 2"
A UK spaceport has been on the horizon for a few years now and there are number of different sites scattered throughout the UK that have been positioning themselves as the most viable candidate. Initially there was going to be a winner chosen that would be the official UK spaceport but the government tweaked things […]Read more "UK Spaceflight Act 2017"
This was originally intended to be a single post largely derived from a presentation I gave at a conference on ‘The Impact of the 2016 Referendum on UK Membership of the EU’ at my alma mater, Newcastle University in September 2016. However, as it has now grown to over six pages (and that’s before I’ve […]Read more "Spexit: What Does Brexit Mean for the UK’s Place in Space? Part 1"
The Outer Space Treaty (OST), frequently described as the ‘constitution’ or cornerstone of space law, was opened for signature fifty years ago today on 27 January 1967. The OST has now been ratified by 104 States and signed by a further 25. It is the most widely accepted of the five major space treaties (although […]Read more "The Outer Space Treaty at Fifty"
A new year always seems like a good time to start a new project and this represents the more successful of my notions for a new year project (I’ve yet to actually go on a single run in 2017, so this is certainly 100% more successful than project ‘get fit’.) I’ve been trying, unsuccessfully; to […]Read more "New Year, New Blog"