Paper Title

Uniform International Space Traffic Standards

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Paper (supporting PowerPoints may be added as Additional Files)

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Henderson Welcome Center

Start Date

17-1-2018 9:30 AM

End Date

17-1-2018 11:00 AM

Abstract

In the past several years the dangers of navigating through outer space have increased exponentially. This debilitated environment is caused not only by the amount and diversity of private and public space traffic, but also by the recent release of many orbiting small satellites. These join a dangerous amount of space debris from years of injured and failed satellites. Unlike the well-ordered, policed air space, there currently are no effective plans for restoring outer space to a reasonably safe navigable state, Creation of minimum standard for outer space traffic could vastly improve safety. Also needed are uniform international standards for accident investigations, search and rescue, and safety zones around space stations. My paper will discuss a number of ways international cooperation could improve traffic safety, for example establishment of an international authority of technical experts to create safety standards, possibly to be located in a new standard setting authority in the UN Committee for Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, or an independent authority like ICAO or IMO, or an authority of industry experts, or a combination of these options.

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Lyall and Larsen, Space Law a Treatise, (2nd ed. Routledge 2018)

Larsen, Sweeney and Gillick, Aviation Law, Cases, Laws and Related Sources (2nd ed. Martinus Nijhof 2012),

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Jan 17th, 9:30 AM Jan 17th, 11:00 AM

Uniform International Space Traffic Standards

Henderson Welcome Center

In the past several years the dangers of navigating through outer space have increased exponentially. This debilitated environment is caused not only by the amount and diversity of private and public space traffic, but also by the recent release of many orbiting small satellites. These join a dangerous amount of space debris from years of injured and failed satellites. Unlike the well-ordered, policed air space, there currently are no effective plans for restoring outer space to a reasonably safe navigable state, Creation of minimum standard for outer space traffic could vastly improve safety. Also needed are uniform international standards for accident investigations, search and rescue, and safety zones around space stations. My paper will discuss a number of ways international cooperation could improve traffic safety, for example establishment of an international authority of technical experts to create safety standards, possibly to be located in a new standard setting authority in the UN Committee for Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, or an independent authority like ICAO or IMO, or an authority of industry experts, or a combination of these options.