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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.


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.

Prof. Dr I.H.Ph. Diederiks-Verschoor Award

The IISL has opened the application for the Prof. Dr I.H.Ph. Diederiks-Verschoor Award for young authors:

Applications are now being accepted for the Prof. Dr I.H.Ph. Diederiks-Verschoor Award for the best paper in space law by an author under the age of 30. This award is granted annually by the Board of Directors of the International Institute of Space Law to recognise excellence in scholarly achievement among the next generation of space lawyers.

The award will be presented during the annual IISL Dinner held during the IAC for which the winner will receive a complimentary ticket.

In order to be eligible to apply an applicant’s paper must have been accepted for presentation at the IISL Colloquium. Applicants must email the completed entry form along with their paper in MS Word format without name, affiliation or any other information that could identify the author, by 10 September 2014 to the IISL Executive Secretary at

A medal is donated each year by the initiator of the Award, Prof. Oscar Fernandez Brital from Argentina. To view a list of previous winners click here.

Event: 1st Annual Space Traffic Management Conference “Roadmap to the Stars”

Source – Embry Riddle:


Dear Colleague,

The Commercial Space Operations and Air Traffic Management Programs in
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s College of Aviation, are pleased to announce the upcoming 1st Annual Space Traffic Management Conference “Roadmap to the Stars”. The conference will be held in Daytona Beach, Florida 5 – 6 November 2014 at the Embry-Riddle campus in Daytona Beach, FL.

The conference will be the first in a contemplated series, providing to academia and leaders of government and industry, from multiple disciplines and different aspects of the air/space traffic management set of issues, a forum for discourse. This is your opportunity to help set the agenda for the future.

The main objectives of the conference include:

a. Bringing the roadmap into focus
b. Surfacing issues
c. Providing thought leadership
d. Choosing the next steps in an agreed direction

Prospective papers of 4,500 – 6,000 words are invited. Abstracts may be up to 250 words and must indicate the precise title of the paper, the area of interest, the author’s full name and affiliation, and complete contact information including an email address. The language of the conference is English. Please send abstracts to: Diane Howard at The subject of the email and the attached abstract file name must both be titled STM 2014 LAST NAME.

Event timetable:

Abstract deadline 30 June 2014
Notification to authors 15 July 2014
Deadline for paper submission 15 September 2014
Deadline for presentations 15 October 2014
Conference 5-6 November 2014
Electronic Proceedings Spring 2015

We envisage five broad areas of interest encompassing STM topics to include:

1. NAS Integration
· Space Traffic Management Sustainment Strategy – Life Cycle Considerations
· Unmanned Air Systems Integration into Commercial Space – User Needs vs. Policy Considerations
· Integration of Air Traffic and Space Traffic Control Systems
· Displays for Future Air/Space Traffic Control Systems
· Communication Standards for Space Traffic
· Suborbital and Orbital Planning and Sequencing
· Traffic Flow Models for the NAS and Space Flight Penetrations
· Spaceport Development and Regulation
· NextGen Roadmap for Space
· Co-location of aviation and space flight operations
· ICAO’s role in STM Going Forward

2. Range Management
· Commercial, Civil, and Military Range Safety Continuity
· Range Technology Modernization

3. Space Situational Awareness
· Space Traffic Situation Awareness
· Spaceflight Emergency and Contingency Planning
· Above the NAS: Where is Space?
· Impacts of Space Debris Mitigation and Remediation on Effective STM

4. Weather impacts: Meteorology and Space Weather
· Space Weather Effects and Prognosis
· Launch and Space Flight Meteorology
· Orbital Debris and Space Weather Mitigation

5. Current Initiatives
· STM Research Program Developments (COE)
· NextGen: Template for International Space Coordination
· The ERAU Space Traffic Management COE: Leveraging the Success of the ERAU NextGen Programs
· Candidate Technologies for Space Traffic Management and Situational Awareness
· International Initiatives in STM

Papers addressing the legal and policy aspects of each of the areas of interest are also invited. We look forward to your participation.

Secure World Foundation Young Professional Scholarships

Source – Secure World Foundation:

SWF Announces Young Professional Scholarships for IAC 2014 in Toronto
Thursday, May 8, 2014
Deadline for Applications is June 1, 2014
Secure World Foundation (SWF) is pleased to announce that it will be accepting applications from young professionals for scholarships to aid in traveling to present papers at the 2014 International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Toronto, Canada. The goal of these scholarships is to provide young space professionals an opportunity to participate in one of the most prestigious international space conferences to further their professional development and inject new ideas into the community.

This application is open to young professionals 35 years old or younger as of the start of the IAC, working in the space field, and who have had an abstract accepted for oral presentation at the International Astronautical Congress 2014 in Toronto. The paper must be on one of the following topics:
Space Sustainability
Space Law and Policy
Human and Environmental Security
Planetary Defense

Applicants should fill out the form below with their contact and paper details as well as provide a short essay of no more than 500 words on why they feel it is important to present their research at IAC and what they hope to get out of the experience. Individuals selected to receive scholarships will be required to provide a trip report to SWF following the Congress.

Event: Seventh IAASS Conference – Safety is No Accident

Source – IAASS:

The 7th IAASS Conference “Space safety is no accident” is an invitation to reflect and exchange information on a number of topics in space safety and sustainability of national and international interest. The conference is also a forum to promote mutual understanding, trust, and the widest possible international cooperation in such matters. The once exclusive “club” of nations with autonomous sub-orbital and orbital space access capabilities is becoming crowded with fresh, and ambitious new entrants. New commercial spaceports are starting operations and others are being built.

In the manned spaceflight arena a commercial market is becoming a tangible reality with suborbital spaceflights and government use of commercial services for cargo and crew transportation to orbit. Besides the national ambitions in space, the international cooperation both civil and commercial is also gaining momentum. In the meantime robotic space exploration will accelerate and with it the need to internationally better regulate the usage of nuclear power sources. Space bound systems and aviation traffic will share more and more a crowded airspace, while aviation will increasingly rely on space-based safety-critical services. Finally, most nations own nowadays space assets, mainly satellites of various kinds and purpose, which are under the constant threat of collision with other spacecraft and with the ever increasing number of space debris. Awareness is increasing internationally (as solemnly declared since decades in space treaties) that space is a mankind asset and that we all have the duty of caring for it. Without proactive and courageous international initiatives to organize space we risk to negate access and use of space to future generations.

The 7th IAASS Conference will in addition dedicate a set of specialised sessions to three topics which need to get better attention in space programs: Space Debris Remediation, Space Situational Awareness and International Space Traffic Control, and Commercial Human Spaceflight Safety. Active removal from orbit of “dead” satellites and spent launcher upper stages, and international coordination of space traffic are mandatory for safe orbital operations, and for the safety of the public on ground. Instead the safety of commercial human spaceflight is a critical element for the expansion, and perhaps even continuation, of human spaceflight. The success of commercial spaceflight will be determined by a substantially higher level of safety and not solely by cost reductions.

Space Subcommittee hearing – Space Traffic Management: How to Prevent a Real Life “Gravity”

I’ll be testifying before the House Subcommittee on Space this Friday:

Space Subcommittee hearing – Space Traffic Management: How to Prevent a Real Life “Gravity”

Subcommittee on Space | 2318 Rayburn HOB Washington, D.C. 20515 | May 9, 2014 10:00am
• Lt Gen. John “Jay” Raymond, Commander, 14th Air Force, Air Force Space Command; and Commander, Joint Functional Component Command for Space, U.S. Strategic Command

• Mr. George Zamka, Deputy Associate Administrator, Office of Commercial Space Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration

• Mr. Robert Nelson, Chief Engineer, International Bureau, Federal Communications Commission

• Mr. P.J. Blount, Adjunct Professor, Air and Space Law, University of Mississippi School of Law

• Mr. Brian Weeden, Technical Advisor, Secure World Foundation