NTRS - NASA Technical Reports Server

Back to Results
The politics of space - Who owns what? Earth law for spaceTopics of concern in developing space law, i.e., international disagreements, the present status of space law, and requirements for future space activities, are discussed. Factors inhibiting agreements include governments that wish to control specific regions of GEO, the refusal of several countries to permit international DBS television broadcasts over their boundaries, the possibility that weapons may be placed in space, and the lack of international laws governing humans and industries in space. It is noted that any state entering an international agreement has relinquished some of its sovereignty. The Outer Space Treaty has removed celestial bodies from claims of national appropriation. States retain sovereignty over their citizens who travel in space, a problematical concept once internationally-manned settlements in space or on the moon are established. It is recommended that space law develop mainly in reaction to the implementation of new space capabilities in order to avoid hindering space activities.
Document ID
Document Type
Reprint (Version printed in journal)
Hosenball, S. N.
(NASA Headquarters Washington, DC United States)
Date Acquired
August 11, 2013
Publication Date
September 1, 1983
Publication Information
Publication: IEEE Spectrum
Volume: 20
ISSN: 0018-9235
Subject Category
Law, Political Science And Space Policy
Accession Number
Distribution Limits

Available Downloads

There are no available downloads for this record.
No Preview Available