Happy 2010!

December 31, 2009 at 7:22 am | Posted in Celebrations | Leave a comment

From the Res Communis blog faculty and staff…….

Bill to Extend U.S. Commercial Space Transportation Liability Regime to 2012 Signed into Law by President Obama

December 29, 2009 at 8:32 pm | Posted in Space Law | Leave a comment

by Joanne Irene Gabrynowicz with the blog faculty

Source: U.S.Library of Congress

MAJOR ACTIONS:

10/15/2009 Introduced in House
10/20/2009 Passed/agreed to in House: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by voice vote.
12/22/2009 Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. Reported by Senator Rockefeller without amendment. Without written report.
12/23/2009 Passed/agreed to in Senate: Passed Senate without amendment by Unanimous Consent.
12/23/2009 Cleared for White House.
12/24/2009 Presented to President.
12/28/2009
Signed by President.

S. Neil Hosenball, Former NASA General Counsel, Moon Treaty and Remote Sensing Principles Negotiator, dies at 84

December 29, 2009 at 10:04 am | Posted in Remote Sensing Law Current Events, Space Law Current Events | Leave a comment

By Joanne Irene Gabrynowicz with the blog faculty

S. Neil Hosenball was a major contributor to space law. I first met Neil in 1988, the year after I began teaching space law. Neil was a good lawyer and a good man. He always had the time to answer my questions and explain space law to me. Over the years I had the opportunity to discuss a wide variety of subjects with him: joint endeavor agreements, a legal mechanism established by him to facilitate private participation with NASA; the concept of the province of all mankind; and, of course, the Moon Treaty which he negotiated for the United States. He also served as the U.S. negotiator for the U.N. The Principles Relating to Remote Sensing of the Earth from Outer Space (resolution 41/65 of 3 December 1986) (Principles).

In 2002, I, along with one of my former students Carol Butler, who was then working for the SIGNAL Corporation and NASA Johnson Space Center Oral History Project, interviewed Neil regarding his work on the Principles. Mr. Kenneth D. Hodgkins of the U.S. Department of State followed Neil in this work. We also interviewed him and the results of these interviews were published in The United Nations Principles Relating to Remote Sensing of the Earth from Space: A Legislative History – Interviews of Members of the United States Delegation. While working with Neil on organizing and editing the material in this book, I experienced his professionalism first hand and consider it an honor.

Source: Washington Post

S. Neil Hosenball, 84, the general counsel of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration from 1975 until his retirement in 1985, died Dec. 23 at his home in Arlington County. He had cancer.

Mr. Hosenball was a 25-year veteran of the space agency, where he became the chief lawyer. He worked on treaties for the peaceful use of outer space, among other issues.

After retiring from NASA, he accepted a one-year appointment at the University of Colorado as the first director of the Center for Space Law and Policy, an interdisciplinary group at the university and its law school. He then spent several years as a partner in the Washington office of Davis, Graham and Stubbs, a Denver-based law firm, where he helped start a space-law practice.

Seymour Neil Hosenball was born in New York and served in the Army in Europe during World War II. He was a 1948 graduate of the University of Michigan and a 1951 graduate of Harvard University law school.

He was a lawyer in Cleveland before joining NASA, where he was deputy general counsel for many years. He was a 1983 recipient of a Presidential Rank Award, bestowed on senior federal executives for outstanding work.

His marriage to Rosalyn Green Hosenball ended in divorce.

Survivors include his wife of 20 years, Gitta Haber Hosenball of Arlington; three children from his first marriage, Mark Hosenball of Annandale, Robin Kidder of Burlington, Ky., and Kim Bennett of Alpharetta, Ga.; a sister; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

– Adam Bernstein

U.S. Commercial Space Transportation Liability Regime Extended by Congress to 2012

December 28, 2009 at 11:48 am | Posted in Space Law | Leave a comment

by Joanne Irene Gabrynowicz with the blog faculty

Source: U.S. Library of Congress

12/23/2009: Passed Senate without amendment by Unanimous Consent. (consideration: CR S13887)
12/24/2009: Message on Senate action sent to the House.
12/24/2009:  Presented to President.

Res Communis Takes Time to Celebrate the Holidays

December 26, 2009 at 10:32 am | Posted in Celebrations, Etc. | Leave a comment

by Joanne Irene Gabrynowicz with the blog faculty

The Res Communis faculty and staff wish you and yours all the best this holiday season! We will be posting but on a reduced basis during this time. Res Communis will return to full form at the beginning of 2010. In the meantime, Happy Holidays!

Library: A Round-up of Reading

December 23, 2009 at 11:08 am | Posted in Library | Leave a comment

Articles
Space Debris Reaching Tipping Point? – eWeek.com

Debra Cassens Weiss, New US Regulation Limits Tarmac Waits to Three Hours, ABA Journal

Reports
GAO – INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION: Significant Challenges May Limit Onboard Research

Books
Elias Wikborg, Space Tourism Issues (forthcoming 2010)

Blogs
Space debris could be a new business area – Weights, Measures, and Esoterica

U.S./Japan Open Skies at Last – Aviation Law Prof Blog

Spatial Law and Policy Update (December 14, 2009) – Spatial Law and Policy

New NASA Governance Structure Under Development – NASA Watch

Should CIA Drone Operators Worry? – Volokh Conspiracy

OMB Addresses Geospatial – NSGIC

Pelosi not a ‘big fan’ of manned space; Bolden and Obama meet – The Write Stuff

Bolden and Obama (and Pelosi, too) – Space Politics

Insurgents Intercept Drone Video in King-Size Security Breach (Updated, with Video) – Danger Room

TSA Cannot Order Sites to Take Down Sensitive Manual – Secrecy News

Launch indemnification bill moves out of Senate committee – Space Politics

An extra billion for NASA in FY11? – Space Politics

Not Just Drones: Militants Can Snoop on Most U.S. Warplanes (Updated) – Danger Room

New Mexico Looks at Spaceflight Liability & Immunity Legislation Again in 2010 – Spaceports

A CFIUS problem for Virgin? – Space Politics

Center of Excellence for Commercial Space Transportation – NASA Watch

Canada/EC Sign Aviation Treaty – Aviation Law Prof Blog

The Physics of Battles in Space – Opinio Juris

Report that Obama decided on space policy may be premature – The Write Stuff

Airports Named After Lawyers – Volokh Conspiracy

Saving Earth From an Asteroid Will Take Diplomats, Not Heroes – Wired Science

NASA versus the deficit – Space Politics

Space Lawyers and the UN, a Heinlein Special Edition – Opinio Juris

More about commercial crew transport in new space policy – RLV and Space Transport News

Spatial Law and Policy Update (December 21, 2009) – Spatial Law and Policy

EPIC sues TSA on body scanners – Security Law Brief

New African Space Partnerships

December 23, 2009 at 10:53 am | Posted in Remote Sensing Law Current Events | 1 Comment

by P.J. Blount with the blog faculty

From Space Daily:

Africa Establishes New Space Partnerships

by Staff Writers
Algiers, Algeria (SPX) Dec 22, 2009
The use of space-based technologies can help achieve sustainable development in Africa, a capacity recently bolstered in that continent by creation of two regional space partnerships.

The third African Leadership Conference on Space Science and Technology for Sustainable Development was held on December 7-9 in Algiers.

The conference was hosted by the Algerian Space Agency with the support of the United Nations Committee on The Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS). . .[Full Story]

Russia-Japan Space Cooperation

December 23, 2009 at 9:51 am | Posted in Space Law | Leave a comment

by P.J. Blount with the blog faculty

From Satnews Daily:

Roscosmos — The Plan Is Cooperation With Japan

Roscosmos logo Russia’s Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) will draft an agreement on space cooperation, the Roscosmos chief said last Sunday. “Yesterday I met with the Japanese agency’s head to draft an inter-agency agreement on a joint space program,” Anatoly Perminov stated.

Perminov said, “scientific experiments could be enhanced” with the appearance of Japan’s Kibo laboratory module on the International Space Station. “The Japanese are gradually getting used to flying on board Soyuz spaceships. For the first time a Japanese astronaut will spend almost 200 days on the ISS. Japan will increase its presence at the station,” he added. Soichi Noguchi is Japan’s first astronaut to make his flight to the ISS on board a Russian Soyuz spaceship.

Scottish Statutory Instrument 2009 No. 440: The INSPIRE (Scotland) Regulations 2009

December 18, 2009 at 1:41 pm | Posted in Remote Sensing Law | Leave a comment

by P.J. Blount with the blog faculty

The Scottish Statutory Instrument 2009 No. 440: The INSPIRE (Scotland) Regulations 2009 (PDF) made on 10th December 2009, laid before the Scottish Parliament on 14th December 2009, and comes into force on 31st December 2009. According to the accompanying Executive Note:

The purpose of the instrument is to implement in Scotland Directive 2007/2/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 14 March 2007 establishing an Infrastructure for Spatial Information in the European Community (INSPIRE). This is expected to improve the ability of public authorities to share spatial data and make information based on this data more widely available through defining standards that are necessary to make the information more accessible.

H.R. 4403: To amend title 10, United States Code, to authorize space-available travel on military aircraft for unremarried surviving spouses of retired members of the uniformed services and the unremarried surviving spouses of veterans who died from a service-connected or compensable disability, and for the dependents of such spouses.

December 18, 2009 at 11:53 am | Posted in Aviation Law | Leave a comment

by P.J. Blount with the blog faculty

H.R. 4403: To amend title 10, United States Code, to authorize space-available travel on military aircraft for unremarried surviving spouses of retired members of the uniformed services and the unremarried surviving spouses of veterans who died from a service-connected or compensable disability, and for the dependents of such spouses was introduced on December 16, 2009 by Rep. Timothy Walz (D-MN1). The text is not yet available.

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