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Happy Holidays!!!

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by P.J. Blount with the blog faculty

Happy Holidays from Res Communis!

Happy World Space Week

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by P.J. Blount with the blog faculty

Saturday marked the beginning of World Space Week which will run through October 10. Check the calendar for events in your part of the world, or just go out and have a look at the stars.

In Memoriam: Lee Morse Love

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by P.J. Blount with the blog faculty

From the International Institute of Space Law:

Obituary: Lee Morse Love

Lee Morse Love, a pioneer in reporting on United Nations’ efforts to ensure the peaceful uses of outer space for over 40 years, passed away Sunday 31 August 2008. She wrote about the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space from its early days, and her personal relations were so close with committee members that during the Cold War years she was one of the very few people who was able to entertain delegates from both the United Sates and the former Soviet Union at the same occasion.

By the time she left the U.N., only a few months prior to her illness, Lee had covered man’s flights into space and the moon and reported on arguments over who owned the rights to outer space, seas and satellites orbits. She attended the annual International Astronautical Congress all over the world and was elected to membership in the International Institute of Space Law in recognition of her work in the area of space law and policy.

Lee was also hired by the United Sates Agency for International Development to go to places like Truk in Micronesia, to see if and how satellites could help its many islands to better communicate.

Her generosity and warmth were eclipsed only by her beauty. A former model and actress, she studied at the Pasadena Playhouse in California. She grew up in Los Angeles, moved to New York and opened her heart and home to the world.

In a world of givers and takers, she was a giver with no boundaries. Lee’s love and devotion to the United Nations and its diplomatic concepts brought people together from all over the world regardless of race, religion or political beliefs.

With her boundless energy, Lee touched and brought joy to so many people. She will be missed by all her family, friends and anyone fortunate to have been in her company

Lee Lee, as she was known, by those closest to her, leaves behind her loving husband of sixty years, Matthew; her children, Wendy Barnard and Gregory Love and his fiancé Nipa; and her grandchildren, Lance, Alessandra, Samantha and Anouchka and many loving nephews and nieces. One of Lee Lee’s favorite expressions was: Age is a number and mine is unlisted, and it will remain so as per her wishes.

New York services will be held on Wednesday, 10:30am at Plaza Jewish Community Chapel, Amsterdam & 91st, Manhattan. Funeral Services will be held on Friday 2:00pm at Hillside Memorial Park in Los Angeles, 6001 W Centinela Ave., where she will rejoin her mother, father, and loving sister Florence. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Lee and Matthew Love Foundation (a charitable foundation) (860 UN Plaza Apt. 23A, New York, NY 10017) for the funding of the Lee Love Award for members of the winning team at the International Institute of Space Law’s annual Moot Court Competition.

Norman R. Augustine at the University of Mississippi

by P.J. Blount with the blog faculty

Norman R. Augustine spoke at the University of Mississippi September 3, 2008. Augustine has had a distinguished career in the Aerospace industry:

Augustine was raised in Colorado and attended Princeton University, where he graduated with a BSE in Aeronautical Engineering and an MSE. The retired chairman and CEO of Lockheed Martin Corp., Augustine serves on the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology and has served as undersecretary of the Army. He is a recipient of the National Medal of Technology and the Joint Chiefs of Staff Distinguished Public Service Award.

A five-time recipient of the Department of Defense’s Distinguished Service Medal (its highest civilian decoration), Augustine was selected by Who’s Who in America and the Library of Congress as one of Fifty Great Americans on the occasion of Who’s Who’s 50th anniversary. A prolific author, he co-wrote “The Defense Revolution” and “Shakespeare in Charge” and authored “Augustine’s Laws” and “Augustine’s Travels.” Augustine holds 22 honorary degrees and has served in the leadership of numerous professional societies and organizations.

Augustine’s speech did not directly address the aerospace industry, instead it focused on securing the nations ability to compete in a changing global economy. He stated that the ability of the United States to create jobs would depend on its ability to stay competitive in science and engineering. This is challenging due globalization and the great changes it has caused in the global economy. He cited numerous examples of a trend towards outsourcing and people being able to do their jobs from afar. Globalization, according to Augustine, creates candidates from all over the world for domestic jobs, without the need for those candidates to leave their homes.

Augustine stated that the crucial question is “can Americans compete in this new world order.” He stated that leadership in any field is not a birthright and that nation’s do not have “an innate right to greatness.” Pointing to numerous statistics, he stated that high technology jobs have been moving overseas and that the cost of labor is a contributing factor to this, and that equivalence in wages among countries may be a long wait. Therefore, America’s the competitive edge will be found in on the vanguard of technological innovation. The key to gaining this edge is education, and according to Augustine, by global averages United States students are failing. This is particularly so in math and science. He stated that numerous teachers lack certificates in math in science despite the fact that they teach it. This decline in teaching is due to many factors, but he specifically pointed out the lack of prestige in the teaching profession and a lack of competitive wages.

He then gave specific statistics on the engineering profession and the declining percentage of American engineering Ph.D.’s. He stated that China is currently graduating more English speaking Ph.D.’s than the United States is, and that women and minorities are underrepresented in the engineering profession. He also said that American immigration policy forces foreign Ph.D.’s out of the country after they gain their degree.

In conclusion, Augustine said that the key to American competitiveness was to be first to the market with new technologies. He referred to the recommendations of a National Academies’ committee, which he chaired, that addressed this topic. While he did acknowledge that such a program would be costly, he stated that “you can either pay now or pay later.” He said that this year’s federal budget failed to fund the initiatives that were suggested by the committee, but that he had hopes that it would be fully funded in the coming year.

Aerospace Data Facility/Denver Security Operations Center

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by Joanne Irene Gabrynowicz with the blog faculty

Hat tip to Secrecy News

Among other things, the ADF represents “the major U.S.-based technical downlink for intelligence satellites operated by the military, the National Security Agency and the National Reconnaissance Office.”


Aerospace Data Facility/ 

Denver Security Operations Center 

Buckley AFB, Colorado 

Version of 2008-08-19 

First World Conference on Space Tourism

by P.J. Blount with the blog faculty

The World Tourism Organization will hold the First World Conference on Space Tourism in Strasbourg, France, November 4-6, 2008.

From the program:

Space: a new dimension of world tourism?
First world conference on space tourism
Strasbourg, 4 – 5 November 2008

The conference will cover five main themes: three on the afternoon of 5 November and two more the morning of 6 November. The aim is to enter into the substance of the matter starting the first evening and reserve the participation of the astronauts, as a strong argument, for the second day of the conference.

Tuesday, 4 November 2008
2:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

1. Tourism and space: the dream as reality
What is “space tourism” and why has this virtual activity been such a success in the media? What is the origin of this concept and what basis is there in experience for proclaiming that tourists will one day float in a plane-rocket and discover earth from its balcony?

2. Space as a new tourist destination: the economic repercussions
Who sees potential in this new activity and what arguments have convinced investors to look into the development of an original form of tourism in space? Where is the business; who are the players and investors? What equipment and environment are necessary?

3. Innovation and research, a world of opportunities. Expected impact and returns here on earth
What is the proposed economic model? On what objectives arguments is it based? What are the expected effects of this new type of activity in terms of innovation, technology and jobs? What environmental constraints need to be considered to gain public and societal acceptance of this new tourism activity from the standpoint of environmental protection, energy economics and climate change? Is space tourism ethical?

Wednesday, 5 November 2008
9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
4. The earth viewed from space: people in orbit, or experiencing the extreme
Over the last four decades a handful of men and women have had the privilege of contemplating our planet from an orbiting craft. Their testimony about the nature of this experience and the public’s fascination with extreme travel is essential. Many have become advocates for private access to space.

5. From suborbital tourism to a new realm of travel
Does this new, original and extreme kind of travel foreshadow the advent of a new form of point-to-point” transport? Subsonic, passenger and business travel providing high-speed connections via space…a new future for air travel?

A registration form is available.





During each academic year, the International Space University (ISU) organizes a three-day symposium as an interdisciplinary, international forum to help both the users and the providers of space-related systems move forward from the discussion of problems to the formulation of innovative solutions. As an independent organization, ISU has developed a winning formula for a “different kind of symposium”:
· Addressing all aspects of the subject – policy, business, legal, scientific, technical, etc.
· Creating ample time for discussion
· Fostering constructive dialogue among different sectors of the space community, or between different communities, that do not often interact in more specialized symposia.
At each of the past few events we have attracted close to 200 participants from agencies, industry and academia in around 30 different countries.

The Call for Papers indicates how we have structured the next event which will address space and security issues in a very broad way. It describes the overall scope and the suggested content of the six half-day sessions which are entitled:

1. International Goals and Perspectives on Security
2. Civil Security
3. Homeland and National Security
4. Military Space and Dual Use
5. Space Assets and the Space Environment
6. Making Earth Safer and More Secure

The program will include invited contributions from leading experts in the field plus presentations and posters selected on the basis of abstracts submitted in response to the attached Call for Papers by the deadline date of 3rd October 2008. We look forward to receiving your abstracts and we hope that many of you will join us here at ISU Central Campus Building in Strasbourg, France to participate in discussions of this important topic.

We would be most grateful if you could pass on this information to others within your organization who may also be interested in submitting an abstract. Further information will appear in the weeks to come at the ISU’s website at

Walter Peeters
ISU Dean and Chair of Symposium Program Committee

John Farrow
ISU Resident Faculty and Chair of Symposium Organizing Team

Nadia Repussard
ISU Symposium Logistics Coordinator




By Joanne Irene Gabrynowicz with the blog faculty
On behalf of the Editorial Board of the Annals of Air and Space Law, I hereby wish to invite submissions of manuscripts of articles, recent case reviews and comments, and book reviews to be considered for publication in Volume XXXIV (2009) of the Annals, slated for release in December 2008. We are looking forward to receiving original unpublished manuscripts covering a broad range of subjects relating to the legal and regulatory issues inherent in aerospace activities. Articles addressing topics of current interest are particularly welcome, in accordance with our aim of publishing an up-to-date resource tool designed to aid and encourage practitioners and academics to deepen their understanding of air and space law.
The Annals is a journal produced and published annually by the Institute and Centre of Air and Space Law (ICASL), Faculty of Law, McGill University, Montreal, Canada. Established in 1976, the Annals is devoted to fostering the exchange of ideas and information pertaining to the law applicable to aerospace activities. The advent of manned flight in the airspace in the early 20th century spawned a new era of transportation as well as a new branch of international law devoted to governing this novel and potentially dangerous activity. Decades later, mankind’s discovery of the ability to explore and use outer space (i.e. the advent of the Space Age) also initiated the development of space law. Ever since, air and space law have become broad, dynamic, important, and increasingly relevant areas of the law, both at the national and international levels. Recognizing this trend, the ICASL began publication of the Annals in 1976; a compendium of unrivalled reference materials and current legal scholarship, produced for the benefit of academicians and practitioners with an interest in aerospace law.
Since its inception, the Annals has been a non-profit, bilingual publication devoted to the dissemination of knowledge and the promotion of scholarship in the unique field of air and space law. Thanks to numerous submissions from practitioners and scholars both in French and English, the Annals continues to thrive as a leading publication in this highly specialised area of the law. Our contributors have consistently translated their experiences in business and regulatory matters into valuable resources for purposes of academic study, drawing from practical knowledge and experience to enhance the theoretical basis of legal scholarship.
Articles published in the Annals are usually up to thirty pages in length. If you have a previously unpublished article, or if you are currently preparing a paper and would like to submit your work to be considered for publication in the Annals, we kindly request that you send the manuscript in Word format as an e mail attachment to <>, no later than September 30th 2008, in order that our Editorial Board might have the opportunity to evaluate the work and determine whether it is suitable for publication in our next volume. All submissions are subjected to an anonymous evaluation process conducted by the Editorial Board, in consultation with outside referees.