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SpaceWatchGL Opinion: COPUOS at a Crossroad – Challenges And Achievements From The Past Guide Us To The Future

By Ken Hodgkins The COVID 19 pandemic has ripped apart all sectors of the world’s societal fabric and rendered economies to a state of paralysis. Multilateral space diplomacy has not been immune to this chaos. This year for the first time the Legal Subcommittee of the UN Committee on the …

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Space Café WebTalk Recap: Dr. Raji Rajagopalan On Indian Space Security And The Future Of Indian Space

In this week’s Space Cafe Web Talk Dr. Raji Rajagopalan discussed how India’s approach to outer space has changed over the last decade and how it is now driven increasingly by national security concerns. Dr. Rajagopalan also addressed a range of other significant topics, including India’s controversial ASAT test, her …

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SpaceWatchGL Opinion: Five Thoughts On The Artemis Accords, And Another One For Israel

By Dr. Deganit Paikowsky Last week, NASA released “The Artemis Accords: Principles for a Safe, Peaceful and Prosperous Future.” The aim of the Artemis program, according to NASA, is to “[L]and the first woman and the next man on the Moon by 2024, heralding in a new era for space …

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SpaceWatchGL Feature: A New Survey Seeks The Input Of Global Experts On Space Norms

By Jessica West and Gilles Doucet When we consider the norms that govern human use of outer space from the perspective of space security, we face some serious questions. How do we think that this body of rules and accepted behaviours and attitudes—this normative landscape—can be strengthened and extended to …

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E2MC Update On Space Financing Rounds In May 2020

By Raphael Roettgen With almost US$550 million of announced space-related financing rounds, May has turned out to be the top space fundraising month so far in 2020. SpaceX, besides launching astronauts to the ISS on Crew Dragon, came in with over US$346 million by itself. The total amount does not …

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Space Café WebTalk Recap: Prof. Dr. Kai-Uwe Schrogl On The Challenges Of Space Law

In this week’s Space Cafe Web Talk Prof. Dr. Kai-Uwe Schrogl discussed space law for the future, offering his expert ideas and insights into space law-making, as well as describing some important goals and challenges to the process. “It is a remarkable achievement that, for nearly 50 years, outer space actors …

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SpaceWatchGL Feature: The Space Law Context of the Artemis Accords (Part 2)

By Christopher Johnson (Part 1 of this article was published on 27 May. You can read it here). Developing and Expanding International Space Law As mentioned in Part One of this article, international space law is a modest, open regime, subject to expansion and clarification. At the international multilateral level, …

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SpaceWatchGL Feature: The Space Law Context Of The Artemis Accords (Part 1)

By Christopher Johnson On 15 May 2020, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine gave the first public presentation of the Artemis Accords, a NASA initiative to develop consistent and effective norms for the Artemis Program lunar missions to be conducted in partnership with space agencies around the world.  As these accords are …

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