Air Force Manual on Open Skies

October 28, 2009 at 10:50 am | Posted in Aviation Law | Leave a comment

by P.J. Blount with the blog faculty

Secrecy News has posted a new Air Force Manual on the Open Skies Treaty. The introduction to AIR FORCE MANUAL 16-604 reads:

This publication implements AFPD 16-6, Arms Control Agreements and Department of Defense (DoD) Directive (DoDD) 2060.1, Implementation of, and Compliance with Arms Control Agreements, January 9, 2001, by providing guidance directly associated with Air Force implementation of, and compliance with, the Treaty on Open Skies. It applies to all Air Force organizations responsible for implementing and complying with arms control agreements, specifically those organizations involved with the acquisition, operation and maintenance of the U.S. Air Force Open Skies observation aircraft and media processing facility, those organizations that provide logistics support to the U.S. and foreign Open Skies observation aircraft and teams, and those organizations responsible for protecting U.S. Air Force equities against the vulnerabilities associated with the Open Skies observation regime. This AFMAN may be supplemented at any level, but all supplements must be routed to AF/A5XP for coordination prior to certification and approval. Refer recommended changes and questions about this publication to the Office of Primary Responsibility (OPR) using the AF Form 847, Recommendation for Change of Publication; route AF Form 847s from the field through Major Command (MAJCOM) publications/forms managers. Ensure that all records created as a result of processes prescribed in this publication are maintained in accordance with Air Force Manual (AFMAN) 33-363, Management of Records, and disposed of in accordance with Air Force Records Disposition Schedule (RDS) located at

London Conference Focused on Space Technologies in the Economic Recovery

October 28, 2009 at 10:45 am | Posted in Space Law | Leave a comment

by P.J. Blount with the blog faculty


Conference held in London focuses on role of space technology in economic recovery and combating climate change

While the UK government might be considering stringent cuts in public spending to help reduce the deficit and promote recovery, it seems that investment in space exploration is still on the cards as some experts believe it can actually help boost the economy and combat climate change.

In a statement released this week, the Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) said that the UK was proud to be host the tenth annual European Inter-parliamentary Space Conference (EISC) held in London earlier this week, which saw experts discuss aspects of space policy including its role in innovation. “It’s fitting for the UK to host the European Inter-parliamentary Space Conference this year,” said business minister Pat McFadden. “Space contributes some £6.5bn a year and this figure is forecast to grow by around five percent every year until 2020.”

According to the BIS, European programmes account for around 70 percent of the UK’s civil spending on space, while the UK has committed €924m to European Space Agency programmes over the next two years. Ian Taylor MP, chairman of the EISC and co-chairman of the Parliamentary Space Committee said the conference was a chance to discuss the future of Europe’s space strategy. “This is our platform to debate amongst Parliamentarians from the leading nations in Europe what direction we want Europe to take in space.” . . . [Full Story]

Disaster Charter Activated: Volcanic Eruption in Colombia

October 26, 2009 at 6:00 pm | Posted in Remote Sensing Law Current Events | Leave a comment

by Joanne Irene Gabrynowicz with the blog faculty

Source: International Charter Space and Major Disasters

disasters-charterVolcanic eruption in Colombia

Type of Event:            Volcano

Location of Event:            Colombia

Date of Charter Activation:            23/10/2009

Charter Requestor:             Colombia Risk Management Direction – National Prevention System for Disasters

Project Management:            INGEOMINAS (Geological Agency of Colombia)

Description of the Event: Local estimates foresee that there is a risk of occurrence of mudflows in the Paéz and Símbola river basins due to lahar of the Nevado Del Huila volcano.

The high threat area is Betania Dam.

Library: A Round-up of Reading

October 26, 2009 at 12:05 pm | Posted in Library | Leave a comment

Richard Bilder, A Legal Regime for the Mining of Helium-3 on the Moon: U.S. Policy Options, SSRN

Issues in Aviation Law and Policy (Volume 9):

*Robert van der Vliet, Europe’s Take on Interlining–II: (Member) State Sovereignty and the ‘Non Imperial Empire’
*P. Paul Fitzgerald, Air Passenger Rights: The First Canadian Efforts…an Inauspicious Beginning
*Gabriel S. Sanchez, Toward Comprehensive Slot Reform in the EU
*Mervyn E. Bennun, The Tuninter 72 Prosecution and Attachment E to Annex 13 of the Chicago Convention
*Gregory O. Principato & Monica Hargrove Kempt, Recent Developments in Airport Security Searches: Is Excessive Cash a Security Threat?
*Hanna Chouest, Dualism, Science and the Law: The Treatment of the Mind-Body Dichotomy Under Article 17 of the Montreal Convention
* Moses George, Public Monopoly to Private Monopoly–Case Study of Greenfield Airport Privatization–Part I

Martha Neil, Did Northwest Pilots Who Flew Past Airport Fall Asleep? FAA Investigates, ABA Journal

Peter A. McLauchlan, Anacarolina Estaba Herrera, and Nikeyla Johnson, Delayed Arrivals in Aviation Law, 36 Transportation Law Journal 21 (2009)

Brian F. Havel, Beyond Open Skies: A New Regime for International Aviation (Wolters Kluwer 2009)

ESPI Perspectives 28: Relativity of Norms and Disarmament in Outer Space – What Role will the European Draft Code of Conduct Play?

CRS – VH-71/VXX Presidential Helicopter Program: Background and Issues for Congress

CRS – Air Force KC-X Tanker Aircraft Program: Background and Issues for Congress

CRS – Air Force C-17 Aircraft Procurement: Background and Issues for Congress

Go to Jail For Using Inaccurate GPS Directions in New York State? – Risk Factor

My Daughter, the Terror Suspect – Prawfs Blog

Response to “My Daughter the Terror Suspect” – TSA Blog

FAA Publishes Correction To Final Rule On Pilot, Flight Instructor, And Pilot School Certification – Aviation Law Discussions

Why are scientists such bad spies? – FP Passport

CJS Appropriations Bill Held Up By Census Amendment – Space Policy Online

Nozette Will Remain In Custody – NASA Watch

NRO Pledges On-Budget Spy Sats – DoD Buzz

Never Mind Balloon Boy, Here’s the Space Jockeys – Opinio Juris

Nozette and Nuclear Rocketry – Secrecy News

A roundup of initial Congressional reaction – Space Politics

Horan on the oneworld Alliance – Aviation Law Prof Blog

Final WH decision: wait till February?
– Space Politics

[BRIEF NOTE] The law of lunar helium-3 – A Bit More Detail

More Congressional reaction – Space Politics

Response to “Bag Check” Cartoon – TSA Blog

ITAR? What’s An ITAR? Is It Like an iPod? – Export Law Blog

TSA to expand use of body scanners – Security Law Brief

A Break in Space: Cosmos-Iridium Update – Arms Control Wonk

Spatial Law and Policy Update (October 25, 2009) – Spatial Law and Policy

Kilgore to Seek to Remove Human Space Flight Liability and Immunity Sunset Clause – Spaceports

Stu Nozette Legal Update – NASA Watch

UNL Space Law Events

October 23, 2009 at 11:34 am | Posted in Space Law Current Events | Leave a comment

by P.J. Blount with the blog faculty

The University of Nebraska has announced two space law events. The first is:

Third Annual Space Law Seminar
Topic: “Space Security Issues in the Transatlantic Arena”
November 2, 2009
3:00-5:00 p.m.
Omaha Hilton
St. Nicholas A

The announcement is available and registration is by email.

The second event is the Second Annual Space and Telecom Law Conference: Space and Telecommunications Law in the Transatlantic Arena: Comparison, Cooperation, and Competition” on November 19-20, 2009 at the Washington Court Hotel, Washington, D.C.:

NOVEMBER 19-20, 2009
525 New Jersey Ave., N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20001

With the Support of the American Branch of the International Law Association

“Space, Telecommunications, & Cyber Law in the Transatlantic Arena: Comparison, Competition, & Cooperation”

For full agenda and registration, go to
NOVEMBER 19: Telecommunications/Cyber Law Day

Keynote Opening Address
Alec Ross U.S. State Department, Senior Advisor for Innovation in the office of Secretary Clinton Keynote Conversation Between Andrew McLaughlin, Deputy Chief Technology Office for Policy, White House Tim Wu, Professor, Columbia Law School

Lunch Keynote Address
David Vladeck Director, Consumer Protection, Federal Trade Commission

Panels on

* Broadband Competition & Trade Policy in Europe and the U.S.
* Communications as a Civil Right
* Cyberwarfare

Other Featured Speakers Include:

Daniel J. Weitzner, NTIA, Jan Malinowski, Council of Europe, Bertrand Vandeputte, Head of Broadband Unit at ARCEP, France, Lauri Allman, former Estonian Undersecretary of Defense, Derek Jinks, U.S. Naval War College, Ben Scott, Free Press, Jeremie Zimmermann, La Quadrature Du Net, Debroah Lathen, British Telecom, Erzsebet Fitori, European Competitive Telecommunications Association, Maeve Dion, George Mason, Maj. Vicki A. Belleau, USAF, 24th Air Force, among others
NOVEMBER 20: Space Law Day

Includes Morning Keynote Address by Alan Ladwig, Senior Advisor to the Administrator, NASA
Space Tourism Panel including Marc Holtzapfel (Legal Counsel, Virgin Galactic), Laura Montgomery (Senior Attorney FAA), Frans von der Dunk (Professor of Law, University of Nebraska) and others International Space Station Panel including Jay Steptoe (Associate GC for
International, NASA), Dick Obermann (Director, House Subcommittee on Space-invited)
and others

Military-Civil-Commercial Cooperation Panel including: Cortney Graham (NASA OGC), June Edwards (formerly NASA/USSTRACOM), Tim Hughes (GC SpaceXinvited), Fred Campbell (President ,Wireless Communications Association); Henry Hertzfeld (Professor, George Washington University Space Policy Institute)

Afternoon Keynote Address by Brian Nilsson (Off the Record), Director of Non-Proliferation, National Security Council (invited) ITAR/Export Control Panel including Tom Moore (Professional Staff, Senate Foreign Relations Committee –invited), John Ordway (Berliner, Corcoran & Rowe), Franceska Schroeder (Fish & Richardson), Dennis Burnett (VP Trade Policy and Export Controls, EADS North America), and Olivier Colaitis (Director Climate Change, ThalesAleniaSpace).

Register here.

Contracting for Space: Contract Practice in the European Space Sector

October 23, 2009 at 11:21 am | Posted in Space Law Current Events | Leave a comment

by P.J. Blount with the blog faculty

An event titled Contracting for Space: Contract Practice in the European Space Sector will be held in Bremen, Germany on November 26-27, 2009:

25 November 2009 – 20:00

DAY ONE – 26 November 2009
8:45 Opening Speech – Prof. Lesley Jane Smith, Leuphana University, Lüneburg

9:00 Welcome Speech 1 – Prof. H. J. Dittus, Director, DLR Bremen

9:15 Welcome Speech 2 – Dr. Stephan Holsten, Director, CEON Bremen

9:30 Keynote Speech – Tanja Masson-Zwaan, President IISL, The Hague

10:00 Coffee Break

11:15 Influence of Space Policy and Law on European Space Regulation.
Session Convenor: Prof. M. Couston, University of Lyon

12:30 Legal Framework for Developing Space Projects in Europe.
Session Convenor: Prof. Lesley Jane Smith, Leuphana Universität, Lüneburg

14:00 Conference Lunch Buffet

15:00 General Aspects of Space Industry Contracts.
Session Convenor: Dr. Bernhard Schmidt-Tedd, Legal Department, DLR Bonn

16:00 Financial Parameters for Space Contracts.
Session Convenor: Dr. Dietrich Weber-Steinhaus, Bremen

16:15 Tea Break

17:45 Specific Legal Aspects of Space Contracts.
Session Convenor: Dr. Oliver Heinrich, BHO Legal, Cologne

18:15 – 19:15 Reception Hosted by WFB Wirtschaftsförderungsgesellschaft Bremen

20:00 Conference Dinner Announcement of student award Hosted by EADS Astrium

DAY TWO – 27 November 2009
8:45 Particular Issues of EO/SME in European Space Projects.
Session Convenor: Dr. Kay Uwe Hörl, EADS EFW, Dresden

10:00 Coffee Break

10:15 Particularities of Launch Service/Transponder Lease Agreements.
Session Convenor: Prof. Walter Peters, Dean, ISU, Strasbourg

12:00 Panel Discussion.
Session Convenor: Dr. Michael Gerhard, EASA, Cologne

13:00 Concluding Remarks and Perspectives.
Session Convenor: Prof. Lesley Jane Smith, Leuphana University, Lüneburg; Dr. Ingo Baumann, BHO Legal, Cologne

13:15 Conference Lunch Buffet

14:15 Post Conference Tour (ZARM)

Registration is open.

Ukraine-Belarus Space Cooperation

October 23, 2009 at 11:14 am | Posted in Space Law | Leave a comment

by P.J. Blount with the blog faculty

From the Ukrainian Space Agency:

The NSAU Delegation, Headed by the First Deputy Director-General D. Pyaskovskyi, Visited the Republic of Belarus

The NSAU delegation visit to Minsk (the Republic of Belarus) took place from the 6 to 9th of October, 2009. The aim of the visit was to hold negotiations on realization of the joint projects in the framework of the provisions of the “Framework Agreement between the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine and the Government of the Republic of Belarus about the Cooperation in Peaceful Exploration and Use of Outer Space”.

The NSAU delegation consisted of the representatives of the State enterprise Arsenal, Design Bureau Yuzhnoye, National Scientific and Research Enterprise “KONEKS” and the National Centre of the Space Vehicles Control and Test.

It was reached an agreement concerning the expediency of the Joint Interagency Ukrainian and Belarusian Working Group creation for the perspective projects’ active preparation and coordination, including in the earth remote sense area.

There were confirmed understandings on realization of coordinated actions to extend the trilateral Ukrainian, Belarusian and Russian cooperation in space area, especially in the area of earth remote sensing satellite creation, common use of the ground space infrastructure and earth remote sensing data exchange.

Antigua and Barbuda becomes 94th Party to the IMSO Convention

October 23, 2009 at 11:02 am | Posted in Space Law | Leave a comment

by P.J. Blount with the blog faculty

The International Maritime Satellite Organization (IMSO) has announced that Antigua and Barbuda has become the 94th party to the IMSO convention.

‘2010-2012 China-Russia Space Cooperation Outline’ signed in Beijing

October 23, 2009 at 10:57 am | Posted in Space Law | Leave a comment

by P.J. Blount with the blog faculty

From the China National Space Administration:

‘2010-2012 China-Russia Space Cooperation Outline’ signed in Beijing
Date:2009-10-20 size:L M S

On October 13, 2009, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin held the 14th regular meeting between Chinese and Russian prime ministers in Beijing. During the meeting, “2010-2012 China-Russia Space Cooperation Project Outline” was signed by both sides. Dr. Sun Laiyan, Administrator of China National Space Administration signed on the Outline on behalf of the China side.

The mechanism of regular meeting between Chinese and Russian prime ministers was jointly founded by the presidents of both countries in April, 1996. According to the agreement, the prime ministers of both countries will meet annually to exchange opinions concerning the bilateral cooperation and important international issues of both interests.

Statement of Treaties and International Agreements Registered or filed and recorded with the Secretariat during the month of July 2009

October 23, 2009 at 10:53 am | Posted in Space Law | Leave a comment

The United Nations Treaty Office has released it’s Statement of Treaties and International Agreements Registered or filed and recorded with the Secretariat during the month of July 2009. It includes the following notification:

No. 15020. Multilateral
Convention on registration of objects launched into outer space. New York, 12 November 1974

Accession – Nigeria
Deposit of instrument with the Secretary-General of the United Nations: 6 July 2009
Date of effect: 6 July 2009
Registration with the Secretariat of the United Nations: ex officio, 6 July 2009

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