The annual Eilene M. Galloway Symposium on Critical Issues in Space Law is being held in the Cosmos Club in Washington, D.C. This years theme is Disruptive (Game Changing) Space Technologies, Laws and Policies . The symposium is being hosted by the International Institute of Space Law with sponsorship by Arianespace Inc., Fish & Richardson P.C., and Kymeta Corporation, and the cooperation of the University of Mississippi School of Law, LL.M. in Air & Space Law.
As a note, the symposium is being conducted under Chatham House Rules, so the live blog today will give general over views of the panels but will not attribute any statement to any speaker.
Welcoming statements were given by Dennis Burnett, Treasurer and Director, International Institute of Space Law, and a message from Jonathan Galloway, Honorary Director, International Institute of Space Law was presented by Joanne Irene Gabrynowicz.
The keynote address was given by Richard DalBello, Assistant Director, Space and Aeronautics, Office of Science and Technology Policy, the Office of the President. He focused generally on the nature of innovative startups, and their ability to disrupt the status quo in the development of space technology. He emphasized that law plays an important role in fostering this change, and that lawyers are critical in developing and using creative mechanisms in order to foster change and development in the Space industry.
For Immediate Release November 22, 2013
Joint Statement on the Inaugural Meeting of the U.S.-Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission Working Group on Threats to and in the Use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in the Context of International Security
The United States and the Russian Federation held the inaugural bilateral meeting of the Working Group on Threats to and in the Use of ICTs in the Context of International Security, under the U.S.-Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission, on November 21–22 in Washington, D.C. In June 2013, President Obama and President Putin agreed to establish the working group to enhance confidence between the United States and the Russian Federation. U.S. Special Assistant to the President and Cybersecurity Coordinator Michael Daniel and Russian Deputy Secretary of the Security Council Nikolay Klimashin chaired the meeting, and State Department Coordinator for Cyber Issues Christopher Painter and Russian Special Coordinator for Political Affairs in the Use of ICTs Andrey Krutskikh served as the co-coordinators.
This meeting of the working group addressed a broad range of issues of mutual interest on threats to and in the use of ICTs in the context of international security. A key component of the discussion concerned the implementation of the bilateral confidence building measures (CBMs) announced by Presidents Obama and Putin in June 2013. These bilateral CBMs are intended to promote transparency and enhance strategic stability by reducing tensions caused by threats to and in the use of ICTs. One CBM, for example, uses the Nuclear Risk Reduction Centers in Washington and Moscow to facilitate reliable, real-time bilateral communication about malicious activity concerning threats to and in the use of ICTs. The participants discussed the implementation of the bilateral CBMs, and ways to promote regional CBMs in venues such as the OSCE and the ASEAN Regional Forum.
In addition to the CBMs, the working group also addressed policy issues such as norms of state behavior, cooperation to combat crime in the use of ICTs, and defense issues resulting from the use of ICTs.
The United States and the Russian Federation agreed to hold meetings of the Working Group on Threats to and in the Use of ICTs in the Context of International Security on a regular and scheduled basis.
For Immediate Release November 27, 2013
Statement by the Press Secretary on H.R. 1848, H.R. 3204, S. 252
On Wednesday, November 27, 2013, the President signed into law:
H.R. 1848, the “Small Airplane Revitalization Act of 2013,” which requires the Federal Aviation Administration to advance the safety and continued development of small airplanes by reorganizing the certification requirements for such airplanes under the Code of Federal Regulations in a final rule to be issued no later than December 15, 2015; . . .
Industry Committee approves Copernicus, the EU’s new Earth Observation System
ITRE Press release – Environment / Civil protection − 28-11-2013 – 16:38
Copernicus, the EU’s new Earth Observation System, was approved by the Industry Committee on Thursday. Replacing the Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES) programme, it will have a €3.79 billion budget for 2014-2020. Its data will serve many purposes, including monitoring climate change and protecting public security.
Vittorio Prodi (S&D, IT), who drafted the approved text, said the primary objective of Copernicus is to “benefit European citizens in a variety of fields, specifically for environment and climate change purposes”. “The environmental monitoring of air, water and soil will help improve health, for instance. Other applications can aid significantly agriculture activities, through a more effective control of our agricultural and fish resources”, he added.
Mr Prodi added that: “Copernicus will generate a financial benefit of some €30 billion and a minimum of around 50,000 new jobs over the period 2015-2030. Studies show that these benefits could multiply by a factor between 5 and 10 if adequate downstream enabling factors are in place”.
Providing free of charge information in vital areas
Copernicus must ensure access to full, open and free-of-charge information in the areas of land, marine, atmosphere, climate change, emergency management and security, said the Committee. This data would be gathered from several Earth observation satellites and a multitude of sensors on the ground, at sea or in the air.
For instance, Copernicus data on water quality will help public authorities to enhance protection of bathing waters, detect jelly fish populations and predict algal blooms.
MEPs sought to ensure a clear breakdown of the programme’s €3.79 billion budget for 2014-2020(at 2011 prices) and to encourage a longer-term approach to providing services (beyond the EU’s 7-year long-run budget).
MEPs will start negotiations with EU member states next week for an informal deal on the new rules governing Copernicus.
Space activities are critical to the Nation’s technological advancement, scientific discovery, security,
and economic growth. As outlined in the National Space Policy, the utilization of space has transformed
every aspect of society, and the United States remains committed to maintaining its role as the leading
space-faring nation. Space transportation capabilities play a vital role in enabling these space activities
by providing the United States with access to diverse regions of space.
SUMMARY: This interpretation responds to a request from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) regarding whether the space transportation regulations of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) would restrict NASA astronauts from performing operational functions during a commercial space launch or reentry under license from the FAA.