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By Dradin Kreft On March 1st the U.S. Department of Defense provided Congress with a legislative proposal detailing the establishment of a U.S. Space Force within the Department of the Air Force – creating the basis for a sixth branch of the Armed Forces. Visions of...

On New Year’s Eve 2018 the President quietly signed S. 7 into law.  Single-digit bill designations are typically reserved for headline-grabbing proposals, but few took note of S. 7.  The bill extended NASA’s authority to utilize a little known public-private partnership model for one year. ...

Your Amazon orders may soon be delivered from above.  On January 14, the FAA announced new rules that relax restrictions on the commercial use of small drones.  The draft Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) would change the Small UAS Rule (14 C.F.R. § 107) by...

  Nuclear waste disposal may not be a topic of consideration on the evening news, but perhaps it deserves some airtime.  Approximately 11% of the world’s electricity is produced by nuclear power plants – almost double the amount generated by solar, wind, geothermal and tidal sources...

By Nathaniel Snyder With a recent data breach at Yahoo that compromised three billion user accounts to Russian interference in the 2016 Presidential election, among many other things, there is an urgent need to improve cybersecurity.  Networks and the industries they serve are vulnerable.  Given legal...

By Nathaniel Snyder Why will orbital debris grow in number for the next 200 years even if no additional objects are launched into space?  Does creating space junk violate international law? The American Society for International Law (“ASIL”) recently hosted a panel discussion dedicated to all things...

It is no secret that airlines have a turbulent relationship with Global Distribution Systems (formerly known as Computer Reservation Systems), such as Amadeus, Sabre and Travelport.  GDSs are platforms that facilitate transactions between airlines and travel agents.  For years, airlines have complained about booking fees...

Human space tourism? Asteroid resource utilization? Self-sustaining communities on the Moon or Mars? A Space Force?  These are just a few of the issues space lawyers and policymakers have to start seriously considering.  Now.  And the future of aviation is only slightly less tumultuous.  From...

You’d think six lunar landing sites 238,900 miles away from Earth wouldn’t need to be protected. Admired on a warm, summer night? Yes. Written about in poetry? Sure. But not protected. Wouldn’t the distance alone keep curious Earthlings from ever disturbing those sacrosanct stretches of...