FAA Reauthorization Extended One Month

June 30, 2010 at 12:25 pm | Posted in Aviation Law Current Event | Leave a comment

by Sara M. Langston with the blog faculty

Source: AVweb

Labor politics continues to prevent passage of the FAA’s funding reauthorization. The Senate passed its version of the bill some time ago but the House remains stalled on a provision that would make it easier for FedEx employees to unionize. The House voted Tuesday to extend the current funding authorization of the FAA for a month. It was due to run out on Friday. The one-month extension of the current reauthorization might suggest the matter is inching to the upper priority levels in the House, but at least one Capitol Hill publication suggests there’s little interest in reconciling the differences between the House and Senate bills…more

ACLU mounts first legal challenge to no-fly list

June 30, 2010 at 12:18 pm | Posted in Aviation Law Current Event, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

by Sara M. Langston with the blog faculty

Source: The Washington Post

The American Civil Liberties Union plans to sue the U.S. government Wednesday on behalf of 10 citizens or legal permanent residents who have been placed on a no-fly list and, in some cases, stranded abroad.

In the suit, the ACLU accuses the government of violating the plaintiffs’ constitutional rights.

The number of names placed on the list has increased significantly since the attempted bombing of a Detroit-bound aircraft on Christmas Day, U.S. officials said. Some Americans have been barred from flying home from overseas because their names were listed.

The ACLU says Americans are being deprived of their rights as citizens and of due process…more

Links re: Hearings-Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight, June 29, 2010 Setting New Courses for Polar Weather Satellites and Earth Observations

June 30, 2010 at 10:53 am | Posted in Remote Sensing Law, Remote Sensing Law Current Events | Leave a comment

by Joanne Irene Gabrynowicz with the blog faculty

Subcommittee on Energy and Environment

Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight

House Committee on Science and Technology

February 2010 decision to restructure the NPOESS program

Environmental Satellites: Strategy Needed to Sustain Critical Climate and Space Weather Measurements (GAO-10-456)

Polar-Orbiting Environmental Satellites: Agencies Must Act Quickly to Address Risks That Jeopardize the Continuity of Weather and Climate Data (GAO-10-558).

The GAO reports were the subject of the Hearing titled Setting New Courses for Polar Weather Satellites and Earth Observations, held on June 29, 2010 by the House of Representatives Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight.

Testimony of Mary Glackin, Deputy Undersecretary for Oceans and Atmosphere of NOAAtestimony

Testimony of David Powner, Director Information Technology Management Issues, GAO

WTO: European Communities and Certain Member States – Measures Affecting Trade in Large Civil Aircraft

June 30, 2010 at 10:16 am | Posted in Aviation Law | Leave a comment

by P.J. Blount with the blog faculty

The World Trade organization has issued a decision in European Communities and Certain Member States – Measures Affecting Trade in Large Civil Aircraft. The United States Trade Representative issued the following statement on the decision:


In findings announced on June 30, 2010, a dispute settlement panel at the World Trade Organization ruled in favor of the United States on a case claiming that launch aid and other subsidies provided by European countries to the Airbus aircraft company over the last four decades caused adverse effects to the interests of U.S. businesses and workers. Here are key findings of the WTO panel:

Launch Aid
The WTO panel found that European governments have provided Airbus more than 15 billion euros (face value) in launch aid – subsidizing every model of aircraft ever produced by Airbus in the last 40 years. This preferential form of financing permitted Airbus to introduce new models by offsetting the enormous costs and extremely high risks that characterize the development of large civil aircraft.

Launch aid provided by Germany, Spain and the UK for the Airbus A380 was prohibited per se under WTO rules because it was conditioned on the export of aircraft.

Infrastructure-Related Subsidies
The WTO panel found that France, Germany and Spain provided more than one billion euros in infrastructure and infrastructure-related grants between 1989 and 2001, including the creation of land in Hamburg to allow Airbus to expand production facilities, extending an airport runway in Bremen to allow Airbus to transport wings to other facilities for aircraft assembly, and transforming agricultural land in Toulouse into industrial facilities for the assembly of the A380.

Share Transfers and Equity Infusions
The WTO panel found that France and Germany provided billions of dollars of share transfers and equity infusions to Airbus between 1987 and 1998.

Research & Development Funding
The WTO panel found that the EU, France, Germany, Spain and the UK provided over one billion euros in funding between 1986 and 2005for research and development directed specifically to the development of Airbus aircraft.

Adverse Effects for the U.S. Aircraft Industry
The Panel found that the above subsidies caused adverse effects to the interests of the United States, in the form of lost sales – involving purchases of Airbus aircraft by easyJet, Air Berlin, Czech Airlines, Air Asia, Iberia, South African Airways, Thai Airways International, Singapore Airlines, Emirates Airlines, and Qantas – and lost market share, with Airbus gaining market share in the EU and many third country markets at the expense of Boeing.

EUMETSAT Policy Meeting

June 30, 2010 at 9:57 am | Posted in Space Law | Leave a comment

by P.J. Blount with the blog faculty

Source – EARSC:

Eumetsat… Mind Meld In Rome (Policy Meeting)

[SatNews] EUMETSAT, the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites, held its 70th Council meeting in Rome, Italy, on June 21-22, 2010. At the Council, the texts of the Meteosat Third Generation (MTG) Program Resolution and Program Proposal were approved by all Member States, with Germany and Portugal voting yes ad referendum.

This defines the scope and cost of the program. In addition, 14 Member States confirmed their support for the program itself, with the remaining Member States expected to follow before next Council. The EUMETSAT Director-General, Dr. Lars Prahm, said, “MTG is now on track, securing the future of EUMETSAT’s geostationary meteorological observations and services until at least 2038.”

The Second Generation EUMETSAT Polar System starting in 2018 took further shape, with Council agreeing that a two satellite configuration be studied in Phase A, with distributed payloads for the two satellites.

Regarding the Jason-3 ocean altimetry satellite, the Council approved the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The Council also approved the Cooperation Agreement between EUMETSAT and the Italian National Meteorological Service (NMS) on the Continuous Development and Operations Phase (CDOP) of the Satellite Application Facility on Support to Hydrology and Operational Water Management, led by the Italian NMS. The CDOP will cover the period between September 2010 and February 2012.

The EUMETSAT Council also reaffirmed the role of EUMETSAT in the European Space Policy and in GMES through the adoption of a dedicated resolution. In the GMES context, the European Commission is responsible for the interaction with user communities to specify European space systems in support of European policies. EUMETSAT could be the European entity supporting the EU for the GMES activities related to operational oceanography, atmospheric composition monitoring and climate monitoring.

NASA Issues Broad Agency Announcement For Heavy Lift Studies

June 30, 2010 at 9:48 am | Posted in Space Law Current Events | Leave a comment

by Sara M. Langston with the blog faculty

Source: SpaceRef.com

WASHINGTON — NASA has issued a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) seeking proposals and industry input on heavy-lift system concepts and propulsion technology.

NASA is seeking an innovative path for human space exploration that strengthens its capability to extend human and robotic presence throughout the solar system. The information also may help lay the groundwork for humans to safely reach multiple potential destinations, including asteroids, Lagrange points, the moon and Mars.

The total funding available under this announcement is approximately $8 million; maximum individual contract award is $625,000. The deadline for submitting proposals is July 29, 2010…more

FCC – Fifth Meeting of the Advisory Committee for the 2012 World Radiocommunication Conference

June 30, 2010 at 8:04 am | Posted in Space Law Current Events | Leave a comment

by Sara M. Langston with the blog faculty

Source: Federal Register

SUMMARY: In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended, this notice advises interested persons that the fifth meeting of the WRC–12 Advisory Committee will be held at the Federal Communications Commission. The purpose of the meeting is to continue preparations for the 2012 World Radiocommunication Conference. The WRC–12 Advisory Committee will consider any preliminary views and draft proposals introduced by the WRC–12 Advisory Committee’s Informal Working Groups.

DATES: July 28, 2010, 11 a.m. to 12 noon.

ADDRESSES: Federal Communications Commission, 445 12th Street, SW., Room TW–C305, Washington, DC 20554.

Space Foundation – U.S. National Space Policy Comparison

June 30, 2010 at 8:00 am | Posted in Space Law Current Events | Leave a comment

by Sara M. Langston with the blog faculty

Source: Space Foundation

U.S. National Space Policy Comparison Comparing the 2010 National Space Policy to the 2006 National Space Policy

Table of Contents
Similar: The topics covered by the 2010 and the 2006 National Space Policies are very similar. However, in the 2006 Policy, National Security Space Guidelines come first (after background, principles, and goals), while in the 2010 Policy National Security Space Guidelines are the last item in the document. Similarly, issues like international cooperation, space nuclear power, radio frequency, and other issues come first in the 2010 Policy, while these come after the sector guidelines in the 2006 Policy.

Similar: The introduction/background sections have some similarities. In both cases, they mention the many benefits of space, both in advancing scientific knowledge as well as practical benefits on Earth.

However, there are many differences. The introduction section in 2010 is much longer (six paragraphs as opposed to two paragraphs in the 2006 policy). It provides more detail on the benefits derived from space. It talks about the challenges faced due to space debris, and it notes that the United States and other nations have to work together to address these challenges…more

The New National Space Policy – Prospects for International Cooperation and Making Space Safer for All

June 30, 2010 at 7:50 am | Posted in Space Law Current Events | Leave a comment

by Sara M. Langston with the blog faculty

Source: Secure World Foundation/ Newswise

Panel Discussion: The New National Space Policy – Prospects for
International Cooperation and Making Space Safer for All

The Arms Control Association and Secure World Foundation invite you to
attend a special panel discussion on the Obama Administration’s
release of its National Space Policy.

WHEN: Thursday, July 1, 2010, 2:00 – 3:00 pm

WHERE: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Choate Room
1779 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20036

BACKGROUND: Earlier this week, the Obama administration released its
new National Space Policy. The document dramatically revises
longstanding U.S. policy by expanding its emphasis on international
cooperation and cooperative initiatives; it also expresses a strong
willingness to consider arms control measures for space activities.

The new National Space Policy approach emphasizes shared
responsibility and strengthened international cooperation. The
publicly released policy states that “The United States will pursue
bilateral and multilateral transparency and confidence-building
measures to encourage responsible actions in, and the peaceful use of,
space. The United States will consider proposals and concepts for arms
control measures if they are equitable, effectively verifiable, and
enhance the national security of the United States and its allies.”

Additionally, the new National Space Policy acknowledges the role of
commercial and international partners, demonstrating a clear
understanding of the changed realities of operating in the global
commons of space.

Panelists will discuss how the new policy is consistent with and
differs from earlier policies, how new U.S. leadership could energize
existing international institutions such as the UN Committee on the
Peaceful Uses of Outer Space and the stalled Conference on
Disarmament, and make suggestions for moving forward on other
confidence-building and multilateral measures.


Marcia Smith, founder and editor of SpacePolicyOnline.com and
President of Space and Technology Policy Group, LLC

Ben Baseley-Walker, Legal and Policy Advisor, the Secure World Foundation

Bruce MacDonald, Senior Director, Nonproliferation and Arms Control
Project, the United States Institute of Peace

Jeff Abramson (moderator), Deputy Director, Arms Control Association

TO RSVP, please email name and affiliation to Valerie Pacer at
valerie@armscontrol.org or call (202) 463-8270 x 100.

The Arms Control Association (ACA) is an independent, membership-based
organization dedicated to providing authoritative information and
practical policy solutions to address the dangers posed by the world’s
most dangerous weapons.

Secure World Foundation (SWF) is headquartered in Superior, Colorado,
with offices in Washington, D.C. and Vienna, Austria. SWF is a private
operating foundation dedicated to the secure and sustainable use of
space for the benefit of Earth and all its peoples.

Russia, Canada seek joint Arctic space monitoring project

June 30, 2010 at 6:54 am | Posted in Remote Sensing Law Current Events | Leave a comment

by Joanne Irene Gabrynowicz with the blog faculty

Source: Ria Novosti

Russia and Canada will start negotiations on the integration of their national space systems to monitor the Arctic, a Russian space official said on Tuesday.

Anatoly Shilov, deputy head of the Federal Space Agency, Roscosmos, said the first Russian-Canadian meeting was scheduled for August.

“We are currently discussing which services will be provided by Russian satellites and which by Canadian satellites,” he said. More…

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