Guest Author: Advik Rijul Jha | The Non-Militarization of Space: The understated failure of space treaties
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by Mark Sundahl
3M ago
The infinite expanse of the sky above has always ignited the spark of human curiosity since time immemorial. The drive to discover what secrets the universe entails has only been growing stronger and more potent. This is reflected in the almost surreal rate at which humans have managed to develop the technologies required to explore that vast infinite beyond the realm of the earth. Through this meteoric rise in technology, we have been able to witness the domain of space being used in ways that were unimaginable even just a decade ago. In the context of the shifting climate of innovation in th ..read more
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Asteroid Mining: The In’s, Outs’s, and Challenges of the New Space Economy
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by Mark Sundahl
4M ago
On October 13, 2023, NASA launched the Falcon Heavy, “the second-most powerful rocket currently in operation,” which is now en route to the Psyche asteroid located in the asteroid belt that separates Mars and Jupiter. This is a research mission first and foremost: Falcon Heavy will study Psyche, gaining insights into geology and the formation of planets while also surveying potential mineable resources.   The U.S. is understandably invested in making sure this mission is a success – the journey will be long, require a lot of manpower, and cost a staggering $1.2B USD to get off the gr ..read more
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Submit to the StarLaw Blog, Hello from the New Editor-In-Chief 
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by Mark Sundahl
5M ago
Welcome to the StarLaw Blog!   I’m Caylan, and I will be your StarLaw editor-in-chief for this year. I am also a member of the Global Space Law Center Research Council and on the board of the Space Law Society student organization. My personal research interests include FAA launch licensing, the Artemis Accords, and legal solutions to financial issues in the space industry. The StarLaw Blog was my first opportunity to engage with and contribute to space law discussions. Now I am thrilled to facilitate that for you!   With the support of the Global Space Law Center Director, Dr ..read more
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The Global Space Law Center Kicks Off a New Academic Year! 
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by Mark Sundahl
6M ago
The Global Space Law Center’s 2023/24 academic year is underway! See the dynamic new video highlighting how students can reach the stars through our new Certificate in Space Law!  Here are some recent GSLC highlights and new developments:  We have admitted the first cohort of students pursuing the new Certificate in Space Law at CSU, which is open not only to CSU students but to law students across the country and around the world!  We are proud to announce the four GSLC Research Council members: Justin Daniels-Dawes, Caylan Fazio, Abigail Jones, & Abigail McCoy.  ..read more
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Congressional Space Medal of Honor Awarded
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by Mark Sundahl
10M ago
On January 31, Douglas Hurley and Robert Behnken joined the distinguished list of astronauts to receive the Congressional Space Medal of Honor, an award for “exceptionally meritorious efforts and contributions to the welfare of the Nation and of mankind.”  What marks the difference between them and their predecessors? For the first time, a private U.S. company – SpaceX – built and launched the spacecraft, Endeavour.  Vice President Harris named this inaugural launch from the private sector a “new chapter in the history of American space flight” during her remarks. Until the Crew Drag ..read more
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CSU College of Law’s Space Law Certificate
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by Mark Sundahl
11M ago
CSU College of Law’s Global Space Law Center is now offering a Certificate in Space Law! The space industry has experienced a transformative expansion with the development of reusable spacecraft, space tourism, space resource extraction, and other novel uses of space. At the same time, questions regarding the militarization, international cooperation, and environmental issues in space have become more pressing. Cleveland State University’s College of Law is one of the few law schools in the United States to offer a Certificate of Space Law to provide students an opportunity to gain a broad un ..read more
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LEO: It’s Out of This World!
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by Mark Sundahl
11M ago
On March 31, the National Science and Technology Council released its plan for National Low Earth Orbit Research and Development Strategy. This fourteen-page document outlines their policy objectives. 1. Advance groundbreaking science and technology. 2. Strengthen U.S. Government collaboration and partnerships. 3. Promote market opportunities, innovation, and sustainability. 4. Expand international cooperation. 5. Stimulate science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and workforce development. The National LEO R&D Strategy provides a roadmap for transitioning from th ..read more
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Artemis Theory of Warfare Publication Explores Militarization in Space
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by Mark Sundahl
11M ago
Prof. Mark J. Sundahl’s article on The Artemis Theory of Warfare was recently published in the Brown Journal of World Affairs. This article delves deeply into the threat of rapid militarization in space, while exploring the real-time benefits and consequences of actions taken by governmental and private actors.  In the face of this militarization, Sundahl explains that “we can either protect and build on the special nature of space norms and customs to preserve space as a ‘laboratory of peace,’ or we can militarize space as the new ‘highest ground’ under largely the same rules that govern ..read more
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GSLC Symposium Registration Now Open
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by Mark Sundahl
1y ago
REGISTRATION NOW OPEN! CSU COLLEGE OF LAW Global Space Law Center announcing  The 2023 Global Space Law Center Symposium Law & Policy Issues in the New Orbital Economy April 12, 2023  1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. EST Online via Zoom As private industry takes the lead in the use of Earth’s orbits, entirely new sectors of the orbital economy are emerging. The coming years will see the development of private space stations, on-orbit repair and refueling, orbital tourism, and an increasing number of megaconstellations. On April 12, five moderated panels will be held over four hours o ..read more
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Remote Sensing in a Privatized Future
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by Mark Sundahl
1y ago
This past January, SkyFi announced its system to procure high-resolution satellite images to members of the general public. Many of us have seen satellite images of our neighborhoods from Google Earth; however, this technology goes a step further to allow consumers to buy images from a specific place and timeframe. Allowing the general public to have access to aerial views of their wedding or mountain-top summit, for example.   Humanity’s interest in observing the Earth is hardly new. The U.S. Geological Survey began plans to observe natural resources via satellite imagery as early a ..read more
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