The history of the Conestoga rocket

The Conestoga was a rocket consisting originally of surplus Minuteman missile stages with additional strap-on boosters, as required, for larger payloads. It was the world’s first privately-funded commercial rocket, but was used only three times.

A manifesto for cleaner orbits

Objects of such a small size, which on Earth are normally harmless, in orbit assume absolute importance in terms of danger for any type of satellite, becoming real projectiles with very high kinetic energy. An orbiting object can reach speeds of several thousands of kilometers per hour.

Why Africa Should Expand its Mega-Satellite Constellation Capacity

Africa would be enriched by the ability to use this new technology to enable users through diverse services, to protect assets within the value chain, or simply to monitor areas of national security such as the environment and borders.

Understanding the South African Space Policy

This document aims to provide guidance to all actors in the South African private and public sectors in the space field. These orientations go through the support and promotion of scientific research, capacity building, innovation and industrial development.

Understanding ORBITAL ATK V. WALKER (DARPA)

The plaintiffs, Orbital ATK and its subsidiary, Space Logistics LLC, have brought an action against the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and its acting director, Dr. Steven H. Walker.

The Danish Space Law of May 11, 2016

The scope of application of the Danish OSA of May 11 only applies to space activities carried out in the Danish State and to space activities carried out outside the national territory on Danish devices or installations or by Danish operators.

The first satellite of Myanmar

Myanmar is preparing to launch its very first Earth observation satellite, as part of a space program bringing together nine Asian countries intended to better arm themselves in the face of natural or climatic disasters.

The Nigerian space vision

NigComSat-1, a Nigerian satellite built in 2004, was Nigeria’s first communication satellite. It was launched on 13 May 2007, aboard a Chinese Long March 3B carrier rocket, from the Xichang Satellite Launch Centre in China. The spacecraft was operated by NigComSat and the Nigerian Space Agency, NASRDA.

Space cooperation agreement between India and Nigeria

ISRO will also try to introduce its technologies in satellite communications and broadband connectivity to meet the demands of the African country. It will even offer its launchers to put into orbit platforms that the two countries can jointly develop or that Nigeria can acquire from Indian industry.

The Rwanda Space Agency

Rwanda’s long-term space program aims to increase the country’s adoption of space technologies and stimulate research and development in space science. Let us have a look at Rwanda and space law in Africa!

The International Crime of Ecocide: Regulating Environmental Degradation in Outer Space

In the outer space context, developing concerns surrounding space debris and irreparable damage to outer space environment have been raised within international space law jurisprudence over the past several decades.

Legal Aspects of Detecting Parking Spaces in a Parcel using Satellite Images

With the advent of digital image processing techniques, the world has reaped many benefits. This technology was exploited for a particular use case of detecting the number of empty and occupied parking spaces from satellite images of parking lots.

Hector, a French rat in space

Hector is a charming white rat that French specialists intend for space travel. For the accomplishment of his high mission, Hector is equipped with a special suit which is fixed by springs to a metal frame.

C. Leo DeOrsey, the first space lawyer

On May 2, 1959, the Mercury 7 astronauts signed an agreement with C. Leo DeOrsey, a prominent Washington lawyer, to sell their story.

Advancing Water Resource Management through Space Applications

The integration of a human rights-based approach (HRBA) across the use of space applications in advancing integrated water resource management (IWRM) provides a means for governments to fulfill their ongoing obligation to respect, protect and fulfill human rights.

A human rights-based approach to Space Traffic Management

The international implementation of space traffic management measures, aligned with human rights values and principles, must be prioritized to improve the safety and sustainability of human activities in outer space.

The International Charter On Space And Major Disasters

At the end of the 1990s, the space agencies wanted to make their satellites available for crisis management. The International Charter on Space and Major Disasters is an international agreement between space agencies.

Biosphere 2: The Failure Of a Unique Experiment

Biosphere 2 is an experimental site that could be described as a giant greenhouse, created on a hermetic floor by concrete and stainless steel plates. Let us have a look.

Policy Considerations for Satellite Communications

The demand for space resources can only increase in a set up where space-based technologies and services will be integral to explore, govern, teach, learn, conduct business and defend national territories.

The Artemis Program Or The Return of Man On the Moon

Named after Artemis, the Greek goddess of the Moon and twin sister of Apollo, the program will lead humanity back to the Moon and prepare it for the exploration of Mars. Let us have a look.