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Event: Strategic Space Law Intensive Program

Source – McGill IASL:

Strategic Space Law Intensive Program
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27 Oct 2014 to31 Oct 2014
Chancellor Day Hall : 3644 rue Peel Montreal Quebec Canada , H3A 1W9
Price: $500
An intensive, interdisciplinary and interactive program designed for lawyers and other professionals in the defence services, international relations, government, international organizations, law firms, consulting firms and industry interested in studying space law from a strategic perspective.

Deadline to apply: 15 September 2014. Fee: 500$.

Download the program brochure and registration info. [.docx]

What is it?
The McGill University Institute of, and Centre for Research in, Air and Space Law, in partnership with the University of Adelaide Law School, is pleased to present the first ever Strategic Space Law Program. The aim of the program is to provide a unique opportunity for lawyers and other professionals in the defence services, international relations, government, international organisations, law firms, consulting firms and industry around the world to study space law in a strategic context. The Montreal program will be run as a one-week intensive, interdisciplinary, interactive workshop (non-assessable) at the Institute of Air and Space Law, McGill University in October 2014. Thereafter, the program will be repeated in the form of a graduate course (assessable for academic credit) at the University of Adelaide Law School during the first semester of 2015. On both occasions, the substantive content of the program will be the same and will be delivered by world-class academics, legal and policy advisors and subject-matter experts drawn from government, civil society (including academia) and commerce.

23 core lectures from experts on the principles and concepts involved in the various disciplines that touch on Strategic Space Law.
Hands-on workshops and practical exercises linked to lectures, on topics such as space traffic management, military use of spectrum, space debris and simulated legal, policy and commercial problem-solving and debate.
Social and other networking activities.
Professional visits to relevant sites (may include the Canadian Space Agency and Woomera launch site in South Australia).
Why study Strategic Space Law?
Today there are approximately 1,100 active satellites in orbit and the number of States directly involved in launching or operating satellites has grown substantially since the dawn of the space age. Even States that have no direct involvement in launching or operating satellites rely heavily on space infrastructure: for television, radio, banking, communications, transport, agriculture, mining, and especially for modern military services. Yet, those satellites are under increasing threat from 100,000s of pieces of space debris and increasing harmful radio interference. Furthermore, some States already possess counter-space weapons and other means capable of destroying or disrupting satellites and other States have plans to develop those capabilities. There is also greater competition for use of the limited radio frequency spectrum and prime orbital slots that are indispensable for the operation of all satellites.

Outer space is becoming more contested, congested and competitive. Concurrently, the global security situation generally is less certain. Financial and other constraints have made global powers more inward-looking and less likely to deploy forces globally – except through the sort of ‘remote reach’ capabilities that rely on space infrastructure (such as uninhabited aerial vehicles and cyber warfare). Secure, ongoing access to fossil fuels is a growing concern, yet all States are wary of the nuclear energy option and its relationship to the proliferation of nuclear weapons. Ballistic missiles, as the means of delivery of nuclear weapons, involve space flight and ballistic missile defence also relies on space-based infrastructure. Thus, space is a key element in global security, yet it is also increasingly vulnerable.

Contact Information
Contact: Ms Maria D’Amico
Organization: Institute of Air and Space Law, McGill University
Office Phone: 1-514-398-5095


H.R. 5036: Satellite Television Access Reauthorization Act of 2014

H.R. 5036: Satellite Television Access Reauthorization Act of 2014 was introduced on July 10, 2014 by Rep. Howard Coble:

H.R.5036 — Satellite Television Access Reauthorization Act of 2014 (Introduced in House – IH)

HR 5036 IH

2d Session

H. R. 5036
To amend title 17, United States Code, to extend expiring provisions of the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act of 2010.

July 9, 2014

Mr. COBLE (for himself and Mr. GOODLATTE) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary

To amend title 17, United States Code, to extend expiring provisions of the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act of 2010.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

This Act may be cited as the `Satellite Television Access Reauthorization Act of 2014′.

Chapter 1 of title 17, United States Code, is amended–
(1) in section 111(d)(3)–
(A) in the matter preceding subparagraph (A), by striking `clause’ and inserting `paragraph’; and
(B) in subparagraph (B), by striking `clause’ and inserting `paragraph’; and
(2) in section 119–
(A) in subsection (c)(1)(E), by striking `2014′ and inserting `2019′; and
(B) in subsection (e), by striking `2014′ and inserting `2019′.

(a) In General- Section 119 of title 17, United States Code, as amended in section 2, is amended by adding at the end the following:
`(h) Termination of License- This section shall cease to be effective on December 31, 2019.’.
(b) Conforming Amendment- Section 107(a) of the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act of 2010 (17 U.S.C. 119 note) is repealed.

S. 1681: Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 (signed into law)

Source – The White House:

The White House
Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release July 07, 2014
Statement by the Press Secretary on S. 1681

On Monday, July 7, 2014, the President signed into law:

S. 1681, the “Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014,” which authorizes fiscal year 2014 appropriations for U.S. intelligence-related activities and establishes and provides other authorities concerning U.S. intelligence and counter-terrorism activities.

Disasters Charter: Flood in Brazil

The Disasters Charter was activated for a Flood in Brazil:

Flood in Brazil

Type of Event: Flood
Location of Event: Rio Grande do Sul – Brazil
Date of Charter Activation: 04 July 2014
Charter Requestor: Brazilian Disaster and Risk Management National Centre (CENAD)
Project Management: INPE

Description of the Event
Torrential rain in Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, has caused flooding which has led to two deaths and an estimated 20,000 people evacuated.

Rio Grande do Sul is Brazil’s most southern state, and borders Uruguay and Argentina. A state of emergency was declared in the state on 4 July 2014, following over a week of rain which began on 26 June. So far 115 towns and cities have been affected by the flooding across the state, which includes the state capital, Porto Allegre.
It is believed that the weather has been caused by the El Niño effect, which warms the Pacific Ocean and usually results in hot and wet summers for South America.

This latest flood follows on from another batch of torrential rain which affected southern Brazil, and particularly Rio Grande do Sul’s nearby states of Santa Catarina and Paraná, in early June. The prolonged rainfall is expected to harm the area’s agricultural production, due to saturated ground conditions. The Institute of Meteorology has reported that this was the wettest winter Brazil has experienced since 1983.

China-Russia Space Cooperation

Source – Space Daily:

Russia, China Ready to Cooperate in Space, Explore Mars
by Staff Writers
Harbin, China (RIA Novosti) Jul 01, 2014

Dmitry Rogozin takes part in first Russian-Chinese Expo in Harbin. Image courtesy RIA Novosti.
Russia is ready to work with China to explore the Moon and Mars, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said Monday. “If we talk about manned space flights and exploration of outer space, as well as joint exploration of the solar system, primarily it is the Moon and Mars, we are ready to go forth with our Chinese friends, hand in hand,” Rogozin said during a roundtable held within the framework of The First Russia-China Expo.

Deputy Prime Minister reminded that Russia is currently pursuing a comprehensive reform of the space industry, trying to catch up with technological progress. . . . [Full Story]

ISPL: Space Law and Policy Course for Students

Source – ISPL:


ISPL is pleased to announce its first space law and policy course for students, to take place Saturday, 25 October 2014 in London. Our courses and seminars have enjoyed strong interest and enrolment from university students at all levels. In response, we will offer a one-day intensive series of lectures solely for students with an interest in these areas. The course will be held on Saturday to enable students to avoid missing their regular lectures and seminars.

No previous knowledge of space law or policy is required. Students in any discipline are welcome, including law, engineering and technology, government, business and commercial studies. They will receive a solid briefing in the sources of space law, an introduction to aspects of policy, and a wide range of other related material. There is no examination during the course, but there will be ample time for discussion and questions.

ISPL space policy and law courses are normally intended for high-level practitioners and civil servants. This is an excellent opportunity for those just entering their careers to learn about the current law as it applies to the increasing range of activities in space, and about the policies that underlies the legal regime.

Russia – Cuba Space Cooperation

Source – Space Daily:

Russia to consider space cooperation bill with Cuba
by Staff Writers
Moscow (Voice of Russia) Jun 23, 2014

File image.
The Russian government has introduced a bill that stipulates a ratification of an agreement signed between Russia and Cuba in the sphere of space investigations, the statement on the government’s website says.

“This is a framework agreement that defines the necessary principles, regulations and conditions for the development of bilateral relations in space domain; it also includes the issues of intellectual property security and of information exchange,” the statement says. . . . [Full Story]

Event: International Meeting on Space-Open Debate August 12-13, 2014 San Antonio, USA

International Meeting on Space-Open Debate, August 12-13, 2014 San Antonio, USA:

OMICS Publishing Group, the world leader for contributing its prominent scientific services by organizing more than 100 International Conferences across the world and managing 350 peer-reviewed open access journals in science, health, and technology. Furthermore, OMICS Group has been associated with hundred more International scientific and technological societies and associations. The potential supports from these International societies harness strong network and development with the scientific core. OMICS Group Meetings host presentations from eminent experts in all the relevant fields.

OMICS Group Conferences is organizing an International Meeting on Space-Open Debate (Space Meeting-2014), which is to be held during August 12-13, 2014 in San Antonio, USA.

Contained within space are both known and as yet still unknown particles; space being boundless within 4-dimensions know as space-time continuum in which objects and events have relative positions and directions to one another. The main aims and objectives of space meeting are to consider, to ponder and to debate on your favorite space related theories, space missions as well as other issues (eg space food) – making this the ultimate space debate.

Space Meeting-2014 will bring together astrobiologists, astrophysicists, astrochemists, cosmologists, aerospace scientists and other interested parties in pursuit of unraveling the mysteries of the Universe under one roof.

In this endeavor, we would like to take this opportunity to invite you to attend this International Meeting on Space-Open Debate as an active participant either as a speaker and/or as a delegate providing valuable input.

NASA Invites Public Comment on Mars 2020 Draft Environmental Impact Statement

Source – NASA:

June 19, 2014
NASA Invites Public Comment on Mars 2020 Draft Environmental Impact Statement
NASA is requesting the public and interested organizations to review and comment on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the agency’s proposed Mars 2020 mission. The comment period runs through July 21.
During the comment period, NASA will host an online public meeting from 1-3 p.m. EDT Thursday, June 26, at:

The meeting site will be accessible to participants at 12:45 p.m. EDT. The meeting will include briefings about the proposed mission, its power source options, and the findings of the DEIS. A question-and-answer session and an open period for the public to submit live written comments will follow. Advance registration for the meeting is not required.
The DEIS addresses the potential environmental impacts associated with carrying out the Mars 2020 mission, a continuation of NASA’s in-depth exploration of the planet. The mission would include a mobile science rover based closely on the design of the Curiosity rover, which was launched in November 2011 and is operating successfully on Mars.
The mission is planned to launch in July or August 2020 from Florida on an expendable launch vehicle.
NASA will consider all received comments in the development of its Mars 2020 Final Environmental Impact Statement and comments received, and responses to these comments, will be included in the final document.
The DEIS, background material on the proposed mission, and instructions on how to submit comments on the DEIS are available at:

After the conclusion of the virtual public meeting, an on-demand replay of the event also will be available at the above link.
Additional information on NASA’s National Environmental Policy Act process and the proposed Mars 2020 mission can be found at:



White House Statement of Policy: Senate Amendment to H.R. 4660 – Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2015

Source – SpaceRef:


Senate Amendment to H.R. 4660 – Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2015 (Sen. Mikulski, D-MD)


National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

Commercial Crew Program. The Administration appreciates the Committee’s support for the Commercial Crew program, but has concerns about language that would seek to apply accounting requirements unsuitable for a firm, fixed-price acquisition, likely increasing the program’s cost and potentially delaying its schedule.

Space Technology Program. The Administration is concerned that the bill does not provide the FY 2015 Budget request for the Space Technology program. Space Technology is needed to reduce the cost and increase the long-term capability of NASA, other Government, and commercial space activities.

Future Science Missions. The Administration appreciates the Committee’s support for science missions, but is concerned about prematurely specifying elements of future missions while the missions are in a very early state of development. In particular, the Administration believes the Committee’s proposed approach to a follow-on Landsat mission is not feasible within the bill’s proposed cost cap of $650 million, and that it is premature to designate the Space Launch System as the launch vehicle for a Europa mission before the costs and benefits of such a choice are understood.