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...

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