US Interpretation of International Space Policies Regarding Commercial Resource Acquisitions
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLLEGE FORT LEAVENWORTH KS
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Within the next 5 to 10 years commercial corporations will begin exploratory mining operations on asteroids orbiting the earth. While this is a huge leap forward in human development and technological advancement, current national regulation and law providing mining rights in space do not exist. International treaties and recognized space law, in regards to commercial collection and exploitation of resources, is vague and leaves a great deal to interpretation. The purpose of this comparative case study is to determine how the US interprets what is known as Common Access Areas, or those areas outside of national jurisdictional authority, in regards to commercial mining operations. The study is meant to identify if legal precedent exists in similar areas that will either allow the U.S. to continue commercial mining in space without international clarification, or if precedent indicates that international accord must met.
- Economics and Cost Analysis
- Government and Political Science
- Sociology and Law