Issues in space law and policy
Padget, Steven A.
Boger, Dan C.
Jones, Carl R.
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This thesis provides a student studying space with background information and insight into selected issues that have shaped, or continue to shape, the world's approach to activities involving space. Further, the basic understanding gained through the study of these issues and their connection with international treaties and policies gives an appreciation for the regulatory side of space programs. Some of the topics discussed are the delimitation and control of space, space debris, and the interpretation of the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty. Though they are often seen as issues in space law, it is shown that political considerations and decisions more often determine the outcome or path followed. Further, technical aspects and applications have seemingly usurped any laws which govern use. Regardless, a commitment to the future use of space is as important as current operations. This does not imply a need to quickly fill this legal void with well-meaning rules to provide structure. Rather, it is seen that certain laws do need to be created in order to ensure the continued access and use of space will not be interrupted
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