Regulatory guidance: Provision of Entire Aircraft With Crew to a U.S. Certificated Air Carrier by a Foreign Air Carrier

February 29, 2008 at 10:09 am | Posted in Aviation Law | Leave a comment

FAAby P.J. Blount with the blog faculty
The FAA has published, in today’s Federal Register, regulatory guidance on the Provision of Entire Aircraft With Crew to a U.S. Certificated Air Carrier by a Foreign Air Carrier (73 F.R. 10986-10987):

SUMMARY: This Notice sets forth the conditions under which a foreign air carrier may make an arrangement with a U.S. air carrier for a flight or series of flights, to be conducted with the foreign air carrier’s aircraft and crew, for that U.S. certificated air carrier’s-authorized services in foreign air transportation. This Notice also describes the regulatory steps involved for seeking Department approval for such an operation.

More on Siberian Shepard Suing Roscosmos

February 29, 2008 at 10:03 am | Posted in Space Law | Leave a comment

by P.J. Blount with the blog faculty
From RIA Novisti:

NOVOSIBIRSK, February 29 (RIA Novosti) – A shepherd in Russia’s southwestern Siberian Altai Republic is to seek over $40,000 in damages from the Russian space agency Roscosmos over a fragment of rocket that fell into his yard on February 5.

“Boris Urmatov [the shepherd] is preparing to file a lawsuit demanding compensation to the sum of about 1 million rubles [over $40,000],” a local administration official told RIA Novosti.

The incident occurred after the launch of a Proton-M carrier rocket from the Baikonur space center leased by Russia in nearby Kazakhstan.

The three-and-a-half-meter (11 foot) long fragment of rocket fell several meters from his door, badly frightening him and his children. Although the shepherd was not physically harmed, he is seeking moral damages.

The official said the local administration would back him up because the fragment fell outside the designated area for rocket debris. Several years ago, another resident sought damages from Roscosmos in similar circumstances. A court awarded him some $400 in compensation.

No toxic traces have been found in the area where the rocket fragment fell. An emergency services official in Moscow said the fragment would be removed from the area on March 15.

The Altai Republic has been used as a “cemetery” for the fallen fragments of carrier rockets launched from the Baikonur space center for more than 40 years. Experts estimate about 2.5 metric tons of “space waste” have fallen in unpopulated areas of the republic during this period.

Department of State Fact Sheet: Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) Questions and Answers

February 28, 2008 at 3:53 pm | Posted in Aviation Law, Space Law | Leave a comment

by P.J. Blount with the blog faculty

The Department of State has released a new fact sheet, Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) Questions and Answers. The fact sheet does address the aerospace industry:

Do MTCR Controls affect legitimate aerospace programs?

* Export licensing requirements are not bans. The objective of MTCR export controls is to prevent transfers contributing to delivery systems for WMD. MTCR controls are not intended to impede peaceful aerospace programs or international cooperation in such programs, as long as such cooperation could not be used for the delivery of WMD. Nor are they designed to restrict access to technologies necessary for peaceful economic development.

* The MTCR Guidelines help to build confidence among supplier countries that they can provide access to technology without such technology being diverted to a WMD delivery system or program.

More Statements from the Conference on Disarmament

February 28, 2008 at 2:44 pm | Posted in Space Law | Leave a comment

by P.J. Blount with the blog faculty
More statements from the Conference of Disarmament Plenary Session have been released:

February 28, 2008
Ambassador Faysal Hamoui – Syria (on behalf of the G21)

Ambassador Rao – India

Mr. Jerman – Slovenia (on behalf of the EU)

H. Res. 1004: Expressing sincere congratulations to the United States Navy and the Department of Defense for successfully intercepting the disabled National Reconnaissance Office satellite, NROL-21, on February 20, 2008.

February 28, 2008 at 1:53 pm | Posted in Space Law | Leave a comment

United States Congressby P.J. Blount with the blog faculty
Rep. Dana Rohrabacher introduced, on February 27, 2008, H. Res. 1004: Expressing sincere congratulations to the United States Navy and the Department of Defense for successfully intercepting the disabled National Reconnaissance Office satellite, NROL-21, on February 20, 2008. The resolution reads in part:

Resolved, That–

(1) the House of Representatives expresses sincere congratulations to the Department of Defense, Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates, the Department of the Navy, and the crews of the USS Lake Erie, the USS Decatur, and the USS Russell, for successfully intercepting the disabled National Reconnaissance Office satellite, NROL-21, on February 20, 2008; and

(2) it is the sense of the House of Representatives that this accomplishment safeguarded United States citizens and inhabitants around the world from potential harm.

Florida Introduces Informed Consent for Spaceflight Bill

February 28, 2008 at 11:03 am | Posted in Space Law | Leave a comment

by Joanne Irene Gabrynowicz with the blog faculty

A new Informed Consent for Spaceflight Bill has been introduced in Florida, House Bill 737 includes the following proposed warning statement (hat tip to Space Politics):

(b) The warning statement described in paragraph (a) shall contain, at a minimum, the following statement:

“WARNING: Under Florida law, there is no liability for an injury to or death of a participant in a spaceflight activity provided by a spaceflight entity if such injury or death results from the inherent risks of the spaceflight activity. Inherent risks of spaceflight activities include, among others, risks of injury to land, equipment, persons, and animals, as well as the potential for you to act in a negligent manner that may contribute to your injury or death. You are assuming the risk of participating in this spaceflight activity.”

ABA Journal – Making Space Law Matter

February 28, 2008 at 10:13 am | Posted in Library, NCRSASL News, Space Law | Leave a comment

by P.J. Blount with the blog faculty
Check out this month’s ABA Journal for a story by Jason Krause titled “Making Space Law Matter.” The article features National Center for Remote Sensing, Air, and Space Law director Joanne Irene Gabrynowicz.

Announcement of Meetings of the International Telecommunication Advisory Committee

February 28, 2008 at 10:09 am | Posted in Aerospace Law Interfaces | Leave a comment

by P.J. Blount and the blog faculty

An Announcement of Meetings of the International Telecommunication Advisory Committee can be found in today’s Federal Register (73 F.R. 10854):

SUMMARY: This notice announces meetings of the International Telecommunication Advisory Committee (ITAC) to prepare for meetings of International Telecommunication Union Telecommunication Standardization Sector (ITU-T) technical Study Groups Sixteen (Multimedia terminals, systems and applications), and Seventeen (Security, languages and telecommunication software); an ITAC meeting to begin preparation of advice on the World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly 2008 (WTSA 08) and other related meetings of the ITU; and meetings in preparation for a meeting of the Organization of American States Inter-American Telecommunication Commission (CITEL) Permanent Consultative Committee II (PCC.II) (Radiocommunication including Broadcasting).

The ITAC will meet to begin preparation of advice for the government on the ITU World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly 2008 (WTSA 08) and related meetings such as the Telecommunication Sector Advisory Group (TSAG), various groups meeting on the International Telecommunication Regulations, cybersecurity, and other subjects relevant to the ITU-T for the coming 12 months. The meeting will be held on Monday afternoon March 17, 2008 2-4 p.m. EST hosted by AT&T, 1120 20th Street, 10th floor, Washington, DC. The ITAC will hold further meetings with similar agendas on April 24, May 12, and June 17. Federal Register notices will be published for each of these meetings with the specific agenda and meeting details, at the appropriate time.

The ITAC will meet to prepare advice on submission of contributions to CITEL PCC.II on March 25, April 1 and April 8, 2008, 2-4 p.m. at the Federal Communications Commission, 445 12th Street, SW., Washington, DC.

The ITAC will meet to prepare advice on submission of contributions to ITU-T SG17 on March 20, 2008, 10 a.m. to noon EST, by conference call. Call in information is either +1 210 839-8500 or 1 888 455-9640, passcode 52902.

The ITAC will meet to prepare advice on submission of contributions to ITU-T SG16 on April 24, 2008 beginning at 10 a.m. EST, by conference call. People desiring to participate in this meeting should call either +1 210 839-8500 or 1 888 455-9640, passcode 52902.

All these meetings are open to the public as seating capacity allows. The public will have an opportunity to provide comments at these meetings. People desiring further information on these meetings may apply to the secretariat at minardje@state.gov.

IAA 1st Symposium on Private Human Access to Space

February 28, 2008 at 10:04 am | Posted in Space Law | Leave a comment

by P.J. Blount with the blog faculty
The program for the IAA 1st Symposium on Private Human Access to Space is now available. Registration is also open.

The event includes numerous speakers on space law.

EVENT: The New International Arms Race in Space – and How to Avoid It

February 27, 2008 at 3:31 pm | Posted in Space Law | Leave a comment

Topic: The New International Arms Race in Space — and How to Avoid It

When: 10:30 to 12:30 Friday morning March 7.

Where: The Independent Institute’s Ballroom, 1319 18th St. NW (Just off
Dupont Circle.)

Speakers: Pete Hays, associate director, Eisenhower Center for Space and Defense Studies; Theresa Hitchens, director of the Center for Defense Information; Jeff Kueter, president of the George C. Marshall Institute; Mike Moore, research fellow at The Independent Institute, former editor of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, and the author of Twilight War: the Folly of U.S. Space Dominance. The moderator will be Ivan Eland, senior fellow at The Independent Institute.

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