U.S. Space Entrepreneur Accused of Aiding Iran Satellite Launch

June 27, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Posted in Space Law Current Events | Leave a comment

by Joanne Irene Gabrynowicz with the blog faculty

Source: Space.com

An American space and satellite entrepreneur has been accused of violating U.S. sanctions against Iran by secretly negotiating a deal with Russia that led to the 2005 launch of the first Iranian-owned satellite, according to news reports. More…

 

 

Event page for Future of Commercial Space Law and Regulation event goes live

June 27, 2011 at 1:57 pm | Posted in Blogcast, NCRSASL News | Leave a comment

by Joanne Irene Gabrynowicz with the blog faculty

The event page for the Future of Commercial Space Law and Regulation is now live and available.  The site includes the agenda, speaker bios, presentations, and downloadable podcasts of the discussions.

LightSquared/GPS Fight Goes International

June 27, 2011 at 1:32 pm | Posted in Space Law Current Events | Leave a comment

by Joanne Irene Gabrynowicz with the blog faculty

Source: NextGov.com

BY BOB BREWIN   06/24/11 04:19 pm ET

The battle over plans by LightSquared to start up a broadband network that could interfere with GPS has gone international, with the United Nations body that oversees air navigation standards concerned about the system potentially disrupting aviation operations.

This nugget of information is buried deep inside a briefing memo, prepared for members of House subcommittees that oversee aviation and the Coast Guard. The document is packed with scads of information on interference the LightSquared system causes GPS, based on tests this spring.

The briefing memo said that Raymond Benjamin, Secretary General of the Montreal-based International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and its president, Roberto Kobeh González, sent a letter last Monday (June 13) to Julius Genachowski, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission “expressing concerns about the potential impact of GPS interference to current aviation operations, as well as modernization efforts underway in the United States and Europe.”

Both the Federal Aviation Administration and Eurocontrol, the umbrella air traffic control organization in Europe, plan to use GPS-based systems for air navigation in the near future, and many civil aircraft already use GPS to complement ground based navigation aids.

I asked the very affable Denis Chagnon, an ICAO spokesman, if I could get a copy of the letter, and he quite affably declined. I have not yet heard back from the FCC on a request for a copy of the letter.

Library: A Round-up of Reading

June 27, 2011 at 11:42 am | Posted in Space Law | Leave a comment

Articles
MADHULIKA GUHATHAKURTA and DANIEL N. BAKER, How’s the Weather?, New York Times

Jeff Foust, The national space policy, one year later, The Space Review

Reports
Space Security 2011: Executive Summary

General Aviation: Security Assessments at Selected Airports. GAO-11-298, May 20

Commercial Aviation: Program Aimed at High-Risk Parent Abductors Could Aid in Preventing Abductions. GAO-11-602, June 23.

Blogs
NGAC Meeting Addresses Transportation and Laser Regulation – NGAC

Study: Regulation of ground de-icing and anti-icing services in Europe – Aviation Safety Network

‘Ultimate cloud’ comes to the rescue – Cosmic Log

U.S. Forces in Libya Use Piloted Planes, Receive “Imminent Danger Pay” – Lawfare

Two Years and More of Ongoing Policy Reviews – Commercial Space

Why Google Earth Pixelates Israel – Geospatial Science and Technology Policy

LightSquared, problems squared – Space Politics

Huntsman: space policy will come; right now it’s an affordability issue – The Write Stuff

Senate Threatens NASA With Subpoena For Missing Documents – NASA Watch

Senators push NASA for documents – Space Politics

Future Iranian Satellite Launches – All Things Nuclear

Space Debris in LEO Continues to Increase – Space Policy Online

U.S. Issues Formal Objection to ETS – Aviation Law Prof Blog

Who Then, Shall Regulate Us? – Songs of Space & Nuclear Warfare

Taming the Heavens: The New Space Diplomacy – ISN Insights

Supreme Court to Hear Warrantles GPS Search Case

June 27, 2011 at 11:37 am | Posted in Aerospace Law Interfaces, Space Law | Leave a comment

by P.J. Blount with the blog faculty

Source – Associated Press

Supreme Court to review warrantless GPS tracking

By MARK SHERMAN, Associated Press – 3 hours ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court will weigh in on an important privacy issue for the digital age: whether the police need a warrant before using a global positioning system device to track a suspect’s movements.

The justices said Monday they will hear the Obama administration’s appeal of a court ruling that favored a criminal defendant. The federal appeals court in Washington overturned a criminal conviction because the police had no warrant for the GPS device they secretly installed on a man’s car.

Other appeals courts have ruled that search warrants aren’t necessary for GPS tracking.

The Justice Department argued that warrantless use of GPS devices does not violate the Fourth Amendment’s ban on unreasonable searches. It also said prompt resolution of the divergent court opinions is critically important to law enforcement. . . . [Full Story]

More at The Volokh Conspiracy and Threat Level.

White House Raises Milspace Concerns In Bill

June 27, 2011 at 10:43 am | Posted in Space Law Current Events | Leave a comment

by Sara M. Langston with the blog faculty

Source: Aviation Week

The Obama administration is warning that House defense spending language for fiscal 2012 could, if enacted, delay or derail several military space and satellite programs.

According to the White House statement of administration policy over H.R. 2219, issued June 23, programs that could be affected include the Conventional Prompt Global Strike (CPGS), the Deep Space Climate Observatory (Dscovr) Spacecraft and the Assured Satcom Services in Single Theater (Assist). [more]

Save the date: Legal aspects of aircraft lease agreements, 14-15 Sept. 2011, in Dubai UAE

June 27, 2011 at 7:50 am | Posted in Aviation Law Current Event | Leave a comment

by Sara M. Langston with the blog faculty

Source: Aeropodium

Legal aspects of aircraft lease agreements

14-15 Sept. 2011

Dubai UAE

Workshop Speakers:

– Mark Atwood, Member, Cozen O’Connor

– Jamie Baldwin, Lecturer, Writer and Consultant on Air Transportation

 

Workshop Themes:

Introduction to Aircraft Lease Agreements

Types of Lease Agreements

Aircraft Lease Agreements and Contract Law

Brief Refresher on Contract Formation and Enforcement

Operating Leases (“Dry”)

Standard Terms and Conditions

Negotiating Issues

Aircraft, Crew, Maintenance & Insurance ( “WET”) Leases

Standard Terms and Conditions

Negotiating Issues

Practical Exercise

For the Workshop Agenda and to register, please visit  www.aeropodium.com/law/aircraftlease.html

e2v and Thales Alenia Space sign €4M contracts with Turkey and Spain

June 27, 2011 at 7:46 am | Posted in Space Law Current Events | Leave a comment

by Sara M. Langston with the blog faculty

Source: optics.org

e2v, a leading global provider of high performance imaging solutions today signed two contracts worth a total of €4M with Thales Alenia Space, for the supply of imaging sensors to equip the High-Resolution (HR) optical imaging instruments for their Earth observation satellites. [Full story]

NASA Recovers Stolen Moon Dust

June 24, 2011 at 1:57 pm | Posted in Space Law | Leave a comment

by P.J. Blount with the blog faculty

Source – Red Orbit News:

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NASA Recovers Stolen Moon Dust From Apollo 11 Mission

Posted on: Friday, 24 June 2011, 13:25 CDT

NASA has recovered moon dust that was stolen from the space agency after the 1969 Apollo 11 mission just before it was about to be sold at auction.

Officials said the dust was smuggled out of NASA by a staff photographer who gathered it from a camera the astronauts used on the lunar surface.

NASA investigators discovered the dust at a St. Louis auction house this month.

It is illegal in the U.S. to possess moon rocks or moon dust.

“It wasn’t much to look at, but I will never be that close to the moon again,” US attorney for eastern Missouri Richard Callahan said in a statement. . . . [Full Story]

US Senate requiring NASA documents on Shuttle replacement plans

June 24, 2011 at 9:48 am | Posted in Space Law Current Events | Leave a comment

by Sara M. Langston with the blog faculty

Source: Orlando Sentinel

WASHINGTON — Unless NASA hands over the documents it wants by June 27, the U.S. Senate committee with NASA oversight warned that it would subpoena the agency for drafts and other documents on how NASA plans to replace the space shuttle, according to a letter dated Wednesday and made public today. [Full story]

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