Legal Uncertainty May Keep Space Exploration Grounded

Law360, Nashville (September 7, 2016, 3:48 PM EDT) -- A decades-old international treaty that limits ownership claims in outer space is unlikely to hamper U.S. commercial space exploration or "space mining," but a lack of clarity over the authority to monitor operators once in space may yet hold back such commercial ventures.

President Barack Obama in November signed into law the U.S. Commercial Space Launch Competitiveness Act, perhaps better known by the more evocative title used for the original House version of the bill, the Spurring Private Aerospace Competitiveness and Entrepreneurship, or SPACE, Act.

Among other clauses aimed at smoothing the way for commercial spaceflight, the bill includes a provision...

Stay ahead of the curve

In the legal profession, information is the key to success. You have to know what’s happening with clients, competitors, practice areas, and industries. Law360 provides the intelligence you need to remain an expert and beat the competition.

  • Access to case data within articles (numbers, filings, courts, nature of suit, and more.)
  • Access to attached documents such as briefs, petitions, complaints, decisions, motions, etc.
  • Create custom alerts for specific article and case topics and so much more!


Hello! I'm Law360's automated support bot.

How can I help you today?

For example, you can type:
  • I forgot my password
  • I took a free trial but didn't get a verification email
  • How do I sign up for a newsletter?
Ask a question!