Report: China Could Follow South China Sea Strategy in Seeking Space Resources

Optical Mining of Asteroids, Moons, and Planets to Enable Sustainable Human Exploration and Space Industrialization (Credits: Joel Sercel)

Continuing our look at the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission’s 2019 Report to Congress, we examine how China is seeking to shape the governance of space activities. [Full Report]

by Douglas Messier
Managing Editor

China’s actions in asserting sovereignty over the disputed South China Sea could serve as a model by which that nation would claim extraterrestrial resources and consolidate its control over key space assets, a new report to the U.S. Congress warned.

“Contrary to international norms governing the exploration and commercial exploitation of space, statements from senior Chinese officials signal Beijing’s belief in its right to claim use of space-based resources in the absence of a clear legal framework specifically regulating mining in space,” according to the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission’s 2019 report.

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India Legislation Would Open Space to Commercial Activities

The Indian government is looking to pass legislation next year that will allow for commercial use of space, the Hindustan Times reports.

After the draft of the bill was put in the public domain in November 2017, the government received 52 responses, of which 15 were from the general public. The rest were from the Indian aerospace industry and start-ups, law firms or lawyers, space experts and scholars, and satellite communication companies.

“Responses fall broadly under the category of seeking clarifications and suggestions on certain provisions, such as scope of space activities, regulatory mechanism, licencing and authorisation procedures, sharing of liability burden with a limit on damage costs, penal provisions, powers of Central Government, etc,.” the reply stated….

“This is much needed and much awaited. Allowing commercial use will increase the domestic capacity for launches. ISRO (Indian Space Research Organisation) is already hard pressed given the growing demand for communication, disaster management and several other national priority areas,” said Rajeswari Rajagopalan, head of the nuclear and space policy initiative at the Observer Research Foundation.











National Space Council Approves 4 Recommendations on Regulatory Reform

WASHINGTON, DC (White House PR) — Vice President Mike Pence will provide policy recommendations to the President to streamline the regulatory environment for commercial space companies. At the second National Space Council Meeting, the council agreed on the following four recommendations to reform the commercial space regulatory frameworks at the Departments of Transportation and Commerce:

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This Week on The Space Show


This Week on The Space Show with David Livingston….

1. Monday, May 28, 2012, 2-3:30 PM PDT (5-6:30 PM EDT, 4-5:30 PM CDT): We welcome back DR. JOHN LEWIS to discuss asteroid mining, the Chinese space program and more.

2. Tuesday, May 29 2012, 7-8:30 PM PDT (10-11:30 PM EDT, 9-10:30 PM CDT): We welcome back GARY HUDSON to discuss his G-Lab concept with the Space Studies Institute for a variable gravity research station. See www.ssi.org.

3. Friday, June 1, 2012, 9:30-11 AM PDT (11:30- 1 PM CDT, 12:30PM-2:00 PM EDT) : We welcome back REX RIDENOURE of Ecliptic Enterprises with information on new projects, new developments, and commercial space information.

4. Sunday, June 3, 2012, 12-1:30 PM (3-4:30 PM EDT, 2-3:30 PM CDT). We welcome back JIM MUNCY on space policy issues and developments.











Texas to Millionauts: You’re On Your Own

A Titan rocket explodes just after liftoff. (Credit: USAF)
Spaceflight operators in Texas are all but exempt from being sued for injuries and deaths they cause to their passengers by placing the following 51-word warning in their flight agreements with clients.

I UNDERSTAND AND ACKNOWLEDGE THAT A SPACE FLIGHT ENTITY IS NOT LIABLE FOR ANY INJURY TO OR DEATH OF A SPACE FLIGHT PARTICIPANT RESULTING FROM SPACE FLIGHT ACTIVITIES. I UNDERSTAND THAT I HAVE ACCEPTED ALL RISK OF INJURY, DEATH, PROPERTY DAMAGE, AND OTHER LOSS THAT MAY RESULT FROM SPACE FLIGHT ACTIVITIES.

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The Space Review: The Sun Also Sneezes

This week in The Space Review….

Taking the initiative: SLI and the next generation
While there’s been a recent surge in interest in reusable spacecraft, including both capsules and winged vehicles, work on reusable launch vehicles has languished. Stewart Money argues that it’s time to revisit making launch vehicles at least partially reusable.

When the Sun sneezes
Last week the Sun produced the most powerful solar flare in four years, a reminder that the Sun is approaching another peak in activity that could pose hazards to modern-day civilization. Jeff Foust reports on the steps scientists and government agencies are taking to predict and prepare for solar storms.

The case for international cooperation in space exploration
ESA is currently weighing which major space science mission it should pursue in the coming decade, a decision that will rest in part on the role of international cooperation on this missions. Lou Friedman suggests that this could be a model for broader cooperation in space exploration.

Review: Voyages of Discovery
Later this week the space shuttle Discovery is scheduled to launch on what will almost certainly be its final mission. Jeff Foust reviews a book that provides a history of Discovery and the over three dozen missions it’s flown.

The flight of the Big Bird (part 3)
Dwayne Day continues his history of the KH-9 HEXAGON reconnaissance satellite program with an examination of spacecraft operations, including the deep sea recovery of one of the first film capsules returned by a KH-9.











This Week on The Space Show

This week on The Space Show with Dr. David Livingston….

1. Monday, January 31, 2011 , 2-3:30 PM PST: We welcome Meidad Pariente, ME of Israel to discuss GEO satellite collision issues.

2. Tuesday, January 31, 2011, 7-8:30 PM PST: We welcome back Berin Szoka regarding internet freedom issues and his new book, “The Next Digital Decade: Essays on the Future of the Internet.”

3. Friday, Feb. 4, 2011 , 9:30-11 AM PST: We welcome back Michael Belfiore to discuss his new body of work, articles, and more.

4. Sunday, Feb. 6, 2011, 12-1:30 PM PST: We welcome Dr. Joan Johnson-Freese regarding space policy, military space, and much more. Dr. Joan Johnson-Freese has been a Professor of National Security Affairs at the Naval War College since August 2002.











Space Show Looks at Mars, Aviation and Orphans

Monday, May 24, 2010, 2-3:30 PM PDT: David Hook of Planehook Aviation Services will update us on new policy and regulatory issues for both general and commercial aviation.

Friday, May 28, 2010, 9:30-11:00 AM PDT: We welcome back Michael Potter regarding a special event and screening of “Orphans of Apollo”.

Sunday, May 30, 12-1:30 PM PDT. Chris Carberry of Explore Mars, Inc. talks to us about this new program.











Space Show Schedule for This Week

This week on The Space Show:

1. Monday, Feb. 22, 2010: 2-3:30 PM PST We welcome back noted space legal authority, George Robinson to discuss space law and commercial space management plus policy.

2. Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2010, 7-8:30 PM PST: Jim Funaro returns to talk about the upcoming Contact Conference to be held at NASA Ames.

3. Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2010: 7-8:30 PM PST:, We welcome back Jim Muncy to discuss the Administration’s new space policy and budget.

4. Friday, Feb. 26, 2010: 9:30-11:30 AM PST: Dr. Pascal Lee of the Mars Institute returns to discuss Phobos, Mars, Exploring the Moon & Mars using pressurized rovers, SETI and The Drake Equation, plus much more.

5. Sunday, Feb. 28, 2010. 12-1:30 PM PST: OPEN LINES. Be sure to call the show.

Listeners can talk to the guests and the host by using toll free 1 (866) 687-7223, by sending e-mail during the program using dmlivings@yahoo.com, drspace@thespaceshow.com, thespaceshow@gmail.com or chatting on AOL/ICQ/CompuServe Chat using the screen name “spaceshowchat.”