NASA Awards Space Station Commercial Resupply Services Contracts

December 27, 2008 at 2:25 pm | Posted in Space Law | Leave a comment

by P.J. Blount with the blog faculty

From NASA:

CONTRACT RELEASE : C08-069

NASA Awards Space Station Commercial Resupply Services Contracts

WASHINGTON — NASA has awarded two contracts — one to Orbital Sciences Corp. of Dulles, Va., and one to Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) of Hawthorne, Calif. — for commercial cargo resupply services to the International Space Station. At the time of award, NASA has ordered eight flights valued at about $1.9 billion from Orbital and 12 flights valued at about $1.6 billion from SpaceX.

These fixed-price indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contracts will begin Jan. 1, 2009, and are effective through Dec. 31, 2016. The contracts each call for the delivery of a minimum of 20 metric tons of upmass cargo to the space station. The contracts also call for delivery of non-standard services in support of the cargo resupply, including analysis and special tasks as the government determines are necessary.

NASA has set production milestones and reviews on the contracts to monitor progress toward providing services. The maximum potential value of each contract is about $3.1 billion. Based on known requirements, the value of both contracts combined is projected at $3.5 billion.

These agreements will fulfill NASA’s need to procure cargo delivery services to the space station using a U.S. commercial carrier after the retirement of the space shuttle.

NASA Response to Aviation Week and Space Technology Article On U.S.-China Cooperation

December 27, 2008 at 2:15 pm | Posted in Space Law | Leave a comment

by P.J. Blount with the blog faculty

From NASA:

RELEASE : 08-336

NASA Response to Aviation Week and Space Technology Article

WASHINGTON — NASA recently submitted the following response to Aviation Week:

Unfortunately, Aviation Week’s recent article of Dec. 21, 2008, entitled “Bush Administration Nixed NASA’s U.S.-China Cooperation Idea,” is inaccurate and misleading.

As an initial matter, NASA has never asked the White House for a cooperative mission such as the one described in the article. The fact is that the White House has been very supportive of a deliberate and careful establishment of relations between NASA and the China National Space Administration (CNSA) over the past two years. As a result, NASA commenced working group discussions with CNSA representatives on Earth and space science earlier this year. The discussions of potential areas of future cooperation were based on the principles of mutual benefit, reciprocity, and transparency, with the understanding that any proposal for specific projects would undergo careful review within the United States Government. Approval would, of course, be affected by the overall status of the U.S.-China government-to-government relationship. The Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS), space shuttle flights, and International Space Station were never intended by either NASA or CNSA to be considered by the NASA-CNSA working group.

Regarding AMS, it is not an international project managed by NASA; the international aspects of AMS are managed by the Department of Energy (DOE). Currently, NASA is prepared to take necessary steps to fly one additional space shuttle flight to deliver AMS to the International Space Station before the scheduled retirement of the shuttle in 2010, provided that additional funding is provided to the agency for this additional flight. However, we anticipate this flight will be reviewed by the new administration.

Press-release on Approval by the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine the Framework Agreement between the Government of Ukraine and the Government of the Arab Republic of Egypt on Cooperation in the Exploration and Peaceful Use of Outer Space

December 27, 2008 at 1:47 pm | Posted in Space Law | Leave a comment

by P.J. Blount with the blog faculty

From the Ukrainian Space Agency:

Press-release on Approval by the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine the Framework Agreement between the Government of Ukraine and the Government of the Arab Republic of Egypt on Cooperation in the Exploration and Peaceful Use of Outer Space

The Resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine approved the Framework Agreement between the Government of Ukraine and the Government of the Arab Republic of Egypt on Cooperation in the Exploration and Peaceful Use of Outer Space on December 17, 2008.

The approval of the Framework Agreement will:

– give to enterprises an opportunity to conclude the external contracts on development of the rocket and space technology, provision of launch services;

– assure for Ukraine additional work places on the enterprises which will take part in the fulfillment of mentioned contracts;

– promote the following market entry of the space industry of Ukraine to the world market of space services and technology;

– serve for the following development of cooperation in space activity concerning the realization on joint works on satellite Egyptsat-2 development and on joint realization of DesertSat project (creation of the remote sensing satellite for mineral resources searching in desert).

The Supreme Council of Ukraine Approved the Act “On Ratification of the Agreement between the Government of Ukraine and the Government of the United States of America on Cooperation on the Exploration and Peaceful Use of Outer Space”

December 27, 2008 at 1:45 pm | Posted in Space Law | Leave a comment

by P.J. Blount with the blog faculty

From the Ukrainian Space Agency:


The Supreme Council of Ukraine Approved the Act “On Ratification of the Agreement between the Government of Ukraine and the Government of the United States of America on Cooperation on the Exploration and Peaceful Use of Outer Space”

The Supreme Council of Ukraine approved the Act “On Ratification of the Agreement between the Government of Ukraine and the Government of the United States of America on Cooperation on the Exploration and Peaceful Use of Outer Space” on December 17, 2008.

This act creates the legal bases for cooperation development between Ukrainian and American enterprises and companies in space activity and will promote the comprehensive development of long-term cooperation and partnership between Ukraine and the USA in space branch.

The aim of the Agreement is to determine the frameworks of the international cooperation between the National Space Agency of Ukraine (NSAU) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in space activity on bases of equality and mutually profitable relations taking into account the newest trends and approaches to the realization of space activity in modern conditions.

The Agreement will give an opportunity to realize in a quality manner joint events and initiatives which have mutual interest for scientific and technical activity and industrial and investment activity of both countries.

The Agreement was signed on March 31, 2008, in Kyiv in the framework of the official visit of the US President, George Bush, to Ukraine.

Happy Holidays!!!

December 24, 2008 at 9:13 pm | Posted in Etc. | Leave a comment

by P.J. Blount with the blog faculty

Happy Holidays from Res Communis!

Library: A Round-up of Reading

December 23, 2008 at 12:13 am | Posted in Library | Leave a comment

Articles
Kevin Pomfret, Spatial Data Audits: Maximizing Value and Minimizing Risk Associated With Your Spatial Data Assets, Directions Magazine

Journal of Air Law and Commerce (Summer 2008):

# ARTICLES
# A Wolf in Wolf’s Clothing—Other Incident Evidence in Aviation Litigation – Jonathan R. Friedman & Matthew S. Knoop p.441

# Closing Argument: Addressing Damages in Aviation Wrongful Death Cases – Kevin W. Murphy p.463

# A Flight Plan Towards Financial Stability—The History and Future of Foreign Ownership Restrictions in the United States Aviation Industry – Bimal Patel p.487

# The Sophisticated Pilot: A New Line of Defense in the Field of General Aviation – Will S. Skinner p.527

# COMMENTS
# The Department of Homeland Security Proposes an Advance Passenger Information Requirement for Private Aircraft: Paranoia or Reasonable Security? – Johnson Kuncheria p.513

# Fair Treatment for Experienced Pilots Act—All Good Things Really Do Come to an End! – Jeff Orkin p.579

# Analysis of the Proposed Hub Carrier “Slot” Preference at Chicago O’Hare – Erin Shea p.611

# Does the TSA Have Stage Fright? Then Why Are They Picturing You Naked? – Julie Solomon p.643

Newsletters
FGDC 2008 Winter Newsletter

Blogs
A U.S. Geospatial Strategy – GeoData Policy

Official: Spaceport America is now a spaceport – Hyperbola

More Space Stuff Appears Online at Change.gov – NASA Watch

Aerospace Company Settles Charges of Aiding Chinese Rocket Program – Export Law Blog

European Court of First Instance Nullifies Ryanair/Charleroi Decision – Aviation Law Prof Blog

Formulating the next U.S.-Russian arms control agreement – Russian Strategic Forces

Digest of United States Practice in International Law 2007

December 23, 2008 at 12:09 am | Posted in Space Law | Leave a comment

by P.J. Blount with the blog faculty

The Department of State has published the Digest of United States Practice in International Law 2007. It includes two space related documents:

U.S. statement on UN register for space objects (March 2007)

and

U.S.-France framework agreement on outer space cooperation (Jan. 23, 2007)

Bush Administration Nixed NASA’s U.S.-China Cooperation Idea

December 22, 2008 at 11:59 pm | Posted in Space Law | Leave a comment

by P.J. Blount with the blog faculty

From Aviation Week:

Bush Administration Nixed NASA’s U.S.-China Cooperation Idea

Dec 21, 2008

By Craig Covault

NASA tried and failed to obtain Bush administration approval of an overture to China for a cooperative U.S.-China space mission, NASA Administrator Michael Griffin tells Aviation Week & Space Technology.

The White House believes that a higher level of cooperation is too great a reward to China for its human rights and arms-trafficking violations of international law.

But the new Obama administration may resurrect the idea. The transition team of President-elect Barack Obama asked the agency for a detailed breakdown of its contacts with China and overall Asia-Pacific-region cooperative concepts in general.

The mission concept suggested by NASA was largely devoted to space science, but also involved flight operations on the space shuttle and International Space Station (ISS). It would not have involved the launch of a Chinese astronaut, however. . . [Full Story]

The Air Navigation (Restriction of Flying) (Nuclear Installations) (Amendment) Regulations 2008

December 22, 2008 at 11:54 pm | Posted in Aviation Law | Leave a comment

by P.J. Blount with the blog faculty

The United Kingdom’s The Air Navigation (Restriction of Flying) (Nuclear Installations) (Amendment) Regulations 2008 (PDF Version) was laid before Parliament on 11 December 2008 and comes into force on 16 January 2009:

EXPLANATORY NOTE

(This note is not part of the Regulations)

These Regulations make a small change to the position of the restricted area over the nuclear installation at Rosyth. This is in order to re-centre the restricted zone over the one remaining nuclear facility at Rosyth Dockyard. The change will be notified in the United Kingdom Aeronautical Information Publication.

Latvia and EUMETSAT

December 22, 2008 at 10:41 pm | Posted in Space Law | Leave a comment

by P.J. Blount with the blog faculty

From SatNews Daily:

December 17, 2008

EUMETSAT Welcomes Latvia As Newest Member State

Latvia has signed the accession agreement to become a full Member State of EUMETSAT. The agreement was signed by Mr. Raimonds Vējonis, Latvian Minister of the Environment, and Dr. Lars Prahm, Director-General of EUMETSAT. Dr. Prahm welcomed the accession of Latvia in 2009, one year earlier than envisaged when it became a Cooperating State in July 2004. As a Member State, Latvia will participate fully in EUMETSAT’s decision-making process, will have unlimited access to all EUMETSAT data and products for official duty use, and its industry will be able to bid for contracts. Latvia will participate in all EUMETSAT mandatory programs as well as the Jason-2 optional program.

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