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Commercial Uses of Space and Space Tourism

Legal and Policy Aspects Edited by Jan Wouters, Full Professor of International Law and International Organizations, Jean Monnet Chair ad personam EU and Global Governance and Director, Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies and Institute for International Law, KU Leuven, Philip De Man, Postdoctoral Fellow, Research Foundation – Flanders and Lecturer in International and European Space Law and Senior Researcher, Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies, KU Leuven, Belgium and Rik Hansen, Financial Services and Markets Authority, Belgium
Commercial Uses of Space and Space Tourism combines the perspectives of academics, policy makers and major industry players around three central themes connected to commercial spacefaring: the international legal challenges posed by the dramatic changes to the spacefaring landscape through privatisation and commercialisation; the corresponding legal and regulatory responses to these challenges at the national level; and related topical questions of global space governance.
Extent: 328 pp
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Publication Date: 2017
ISBN: 978 1 78536 106 7
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Commercial Uses of Space and Space Tourism combines the perspectives of academics, policy makers and major industry players around three central themes: the international legal challenges posed by the dramatic changes to the spacefaring landscape; the corresponding legal and regulatory responses to these challenges at the national level; and topical questions of global space governance.

Chapters cover emerging activities in commercial spacefaring, including space tourism and space transportation, and identify the regulatory issues that may arise in the absence of a clear boundary between airspace and outer space. By taking a pragmatic, inductive approach, the book aims to breathe new life into the discussion of the air–space boundary, while informing readers about the many exciting recent developments in commercial spacefaring.

This book will appeal to lecturers, academics and students in space law and air law, as well as policy makers and industry practitioners involved in the regulation of orbital and suborbital commercial spaceflight, both manned and unmanned.
‘Commercial Uses of Space and Space Tourism is a perfectly compiled and timely publication comprising of well thought-out ideas related to almost all regulatory issues and safety of operations. The book is spearheaded by the world’s leading institution on global governance and its chapters are written by world-class experts in academia, governments and space agencies. In my view, this is the best book covering the regulatory, policy and safety aspects of space tourism, thus it is essential reading (even a reference book) for those who are interested in this subject, be they academics, students, business people, regulators or employees of space agencies, national governments or international institutions.’
– Ram S. Jakhu, McGill University, Canada

‘This book provides a cutting-edge perspective on the issues surrounding commercial uses of space. The editors and contributing authors are well-placed to provide sharp insight and critical analysis.’
– Stephan Hobe, University of Cologne, Germany

‘The paradigm shift to commercial and non-governmental space activities is still evolving and requires more than ever a robust and reliable legal framework. Wouters, De Man, Hansen and their contributors present in this book the most accurate assessment and the most appropriate approaches to regulate and at the same time to foster this paradigm shift. The particular value of the book lies in its approach not to abandon the current legal framework for a quick-win and first-come first-served strategy but to carefully develop space law further, maintaining its key principles and opening up new opportunities.’
– Kai-Uwe Schrogl, International Institute of Space Law (IISL)
Contributors: P. De Man, M.N. Gold, R. Hansen, A.J. Harrington, C.M. Hearsey, T. Herman, A. Kerrest, J.-B. Marciacq, J.-F. Mayence, W. Munters, D.P. Murray, K. Nyman-Metcalf, L.J. Smith, A. Soucek, J. Stubbs, S. Wood, J. Wouters
Contents:

Commercial uses of space and space tourism: setting the scene

PART I Legal Challenges

1. The concept of the ‘launching State’ in commercial launch ventures
Armel Kerrest

2. Taking a stance: managing liability for commercial space activities
Lesley Jane Smith

3. The scope of international obligations to extend rescue assistance to ‘astronauts’ and ‘personnel’ under the Outer Space Treaty and the Return and Rescue Agreement
Steven Wood

4. Small satellites, large constellations, and space debris: in dubio pro LEO?
Ward Munters

PART II Regulatory Responses

5. US State spaceflight liability and immunity acts in context
Andrea J. Harrington

6. Commercial space operations within an existing national legal framework: some lessons learned and the challenges ahead
Daniel P. Murray

7. Developing a New Safety Regulatory System for Commercial Sub-orbital Spaceplanes in the UK – the Challenge!
Jeremy Stubbs

8. Red tape in the final frontier: Bigelow Aerospace’s adventures in export control
Mike N. Gold and Christopher M. Hearsey

PART III Space Governance

9. Regulatory choices for sub-orbital flights carrying humans: elements for consideration
Thierry Herman and Alexander Soucek

10. Establishing a Regulatory Framework for the Development and Operation of Sub-orbital and Orbital Aircraft in the EU: the Role of the EASA
Jean-Bruno Marciacq

11. The Role of UNCOPUOS in the International Regulation of Non-Governmental Space Activities
Jean-François Mayence

12. National and international regulatory aspects of commercial space activities: self-regulation as the way forward?
Katrin Nyman-Metcalf

Index