LEGAL TERMINOLOGY FOR THE UPPER REGIONS OF THE ATMOSPHERE AND FOR THE SPACE BEYOND THE ATMOSPHERE,
RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CALIF
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There are no established definitions in law for describing the upper regions of the atmosphere. The urgency of the need for a standard terminology in law for describing these regions and the areas beyond arises from the fact that there is a variety of man-made objects which will soon be operating at high altitudes--some outside the atmosphere-and these can be expected to present somewhat different legal problems depending upon the heights and speeds at which they fly. Astronautical jurisprudence is a new field of law, and it raises some basic questions which must soon be answered, namely What, in law, is meant by the term airspace. What are the scientific divisions of the upper regions of the earths atmosphere. How does space differ from outer space, world space, territorial space, contiguous space, terrestrial space, etc.