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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

Event: International Space Development Conference

Source – ISDC:

ISDC covers several broad areas of study related to building a spacefaring civilization, including transportation to and through space, technology needed to live and work in space, spin-off technology, and Earth-based activities to advocate for or educate others about space development.

Call for Papers: ReInventing Space

Source – ReInventing Space:

Dramatically reducing space mission cost – New challenges and new opportunities

Increasing demands to reduce spending have led to both new challenges and new opportunities for global space. The challenge is to create dramatically lower cost and more responsive space systems and, of course, the launch systems needed to get them to space quickly and at far lower cost. The benefit of creating these new approaches is new opportunities for both business and government to take advantage of rapidly evolving capabilities:

Tactical space systems to serve defense needs
Low cost constellations for global monitoring
Responsive surveillance for man-made and natural disasters
Our technical sessions and panels will be looking at finding ways to work together to make things happen:

New ways of doing business in space – how do we make money on affordable and responsive space missions?
Tactical space systems – how do we best serve the needs of the defense missions; for civilian missions; the needs of emergency responders?
Low-cost interplanetary missions – can we use the new technology to create dramatically lower cost interplanetary missions?
Ways to dramatically reduce space system and launch cost and schedule – what are the methods, processes, and technologies that we can use to make major reductions in the cost of space missions?
New application areas for low-cost space systems – what are the new applications that can take advantage of newer, much-lower-cost systems?
Education and motivation – How do we use Reinventing Space to educate and motivate the coming generation, without whom there won’t be a space industry?
Let’s get together and start reinventing space for real!

The Call For Abstracts period will be opening during April 2014 and close on Monday 2 June. But in the meantime you may submit abstracts for RIspace 2014 of approximately 500 words in PDF or MS Word, to

Papers are invited on topics including:-

Launch systems
Mission engineering and Constellation design
Novel architectures
Regulation and Space Traffic Control
In-orbit demonstration
Payload and platform technologies
Ground segments


Source – London Institute of Space Policy and Law:



20 – 22 MAY 2014
ISPL is pleased to announce that enrolment is now open for the 2014 Space Law Course.

ISPL is the only UK institution focusing on space policy and law, and one of a handful worldwide.
We provide participants with the knowledge to assess and to work with the existing space policies
and regulatory framework, and to be prepared for future changes.
The Course will comprise lectures and interactive case studies. Participants will have access to the
IALS Law Library during the course. Those considering a post-graduate degree at ISPL will also
be able to informally discuss their interest with the Director.

• The space environment and space technology
• Orbits, their characteristics and management, and types of spacecraft
• Spectrum management
• The law governing space activities: principles & sources of space law, including
conventions and treaties, national law and policies
• Comparison between space law and other legal regimes: Antarctic, maritime and air law
• Peaceful use of space, military activities & arms control
• Sovereignty
• Property rights
• Risk, liability and insurance
• The law as relates to specific applications: telecommunications and broadcasting, remote
sensing, scientific experiment and exploration, manned activities including the
International Space Station, unmanned activities
• Space policy and the institutions that implement them

The Course will be of interest to policy-makers, legal professionals, space sector executives and
engineers, officials of government and international bodies, academics and post-graduate degree

The course is designed to be accessible to those in legal, technical or business training or
employment. Previous knowledge of law or policy is not required. It will be particularly
appropriate for those working in the space sector who wish to increase their knowledge of the
current legal and policy framework, in order to take full advantage of the available opportunities
and to create new ones.

The Course will be valuable for a variety of individuals.
• Satellite manufacturing or operation team members seeking an understanding of legal
issues relating to design, manufacture or provision of space products and services
• Law, business and technology post-graduate students interested in the field
• Insurers and executives who want the tools to evaluate legal aspects of risk and liability
• Managers and team leaders of space operations who wish to better understand the legal
and policy issues they encounter, and to be able to plan more proactively
• IGO and space agency team members concerned with national and international issues
arising from activities in space, such as earth observation, and their regulation
• Lawyers and jurists whose practice brings them into contact with space law through legal
evidence from satellites, contractual matters or international commerce

Note: Undergraduates please register for our short course in space law later this year.
The course qualifies for 15 hours CPD for Solicitors (SRA) and for Barristers. Other
professionals: please contact your respective professional bodies about whether the course will
qualify for CPD.

The course will be limited to 20 participants, and will be taught by the Director and

Faculty of the Institute. A recommended reading list will be posted on the Teaching
page of our website, for those who wish to pursue the material in more depth.

Study sessions:

Tuesday 20 May 2014 9 – 12.30 13.45 – 17.15

Wednesday 21 May 9 – 12.30 13.45 – 17.15

Thursday 22 May 9 – 12.30

There will be breaks with refreshments at mid-morning and mid-afternoon.
The Lex Café on the premises provides a variety of light food, and there are a number of
dining options in the area for lunch.

Government, Teachers & Academics,
Current post-graduate candidates*, £ 525
Charity and IGO employees
All others £ 1,050

Payment is accepted only in UK Sterling.
* Proof of full-time enrolment at an accredited university is required.

Please email to request a reservation. Put “Space Law
Course” in the subject line, and be sure to include in the message your full name,
position, institutional affiliation (including department) and telephone number.

Your place will be confirmed when payment is received, on a 1st
Although we make every effort to accommodate institutional and corporate payment
procedures, we cannot guarantee to hold a place without payment. Please contact us if
you have a difficulty or require an invoice. Please be aware that enrolment is very

ISPL provides in-house courses to corporate, legal and government bodies in addition to
our regular seminars, workshops and courses. Please contact
to discuss your requirements.

We also offer a one-day lecture course for undergraduate students currently enrolled in
academic institutions. It will cover the basic elements of space law. There will be one
short case study with student interaction.

Postgraduate candidates may choose to attend either course. Details of the one-day
course will be posted on our website when it is scheduled. Those who would like early
notification should contact

FSU wins Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition North American Rounds

On March 29, 2014 the final round of the North American Region’s Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition was held. Florida State University came in first, and McGill University came in second. Other awards include:

  • Best Brief: Georgetown University
  • Best Oralist: Jim Burleson, Florida State University
  • Best New Team: William and Mary

Congrats to all the teams for great job! This judge was impressed with your hard work.

Event: 2014 Air & Space Law Symposium

Source – Cal Western:

2014 Air & Space Law Symposium
Start: March 14, 2014 12:00 PM

California Western, the San Diego Air & Space Museum, and the Air Law Institute invite you to attend:

The 2014 Air & Space Law Symposium

WHAT: The first-ever Air & Space Law Symposium brings together aerospace industry leaders, practicing air and space attorneys, and legal scholars to address current and emerging issues in the field. Panels will introduce touchstones of air and space law, then explore the integration of unmanned aircraft into the national airspace system, and the transition to commercial space operations.

To learn more about the symposium and for a schedule of events, click here.

WHEN: Friday, March 14, 2014 from noon to 5:30 p.m.

WHERE: California Western School of Law, 350 Cedar Street, San Diego, CA 92101

REGISTRATION: To register, please visit the Air Law Institute’s website.

EVENT: Space Policy and History Forum #11

Source – Roger Launius’s Blog:

Space Exploration in Russia: The Latest Status and Future Prospects
Space Policy and History Forum #11

by Anatoly Zak

Behind recent headlines about blunders and failures, the Russian space program is slowly recovering from its post-Soviet crisis. In the past few years, several important scientific and exploration projects in Russia reached the launch pad and many more are coming close to fruition. The Russian-European cooperation in planetary research also reached a new level this year with an agreement on the ExoMars project and several astrophysics spacecraft are in the pipeline. Last but not least, the Russian space agency is currently pursuing a development of a new-generation manned spacecraft capable of reaching lunar orbit and Lagrange points and promises to start the work on the super-heavy launch vehicle in the immediate future. The presentation will outline and illustrate the very latest status of most significant space developments in the country based on newly published Russia in Space, The Past Explained, The Future Explored.