History of Space Law

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.

Understanding Transpace Carriers Inc. v. United States (1990)

Transpace Carriers, Inc. v. United States of 1990 is one of the most important space law cases regarding pre-contractual breach in contract law. Let us have a look.

Understanding Hughes Communications Galaxy Inc. v. United States (2001)

Hughes Communications Galaxy Inc. v. United States case of 2001 is one of the most important decisions of contract law within space activities law. Let us have a look.

The United Kingdom And Its Space Program

The United Kingdom Space Agency (UKSA) is the agency of the Government of the United Kingdom dedicated to the development of the civil space program. The agency was established on April 1, 2010 as a replacement of the British National Space Centre.

The Canadian Space Agency and its Space Program

The Canadian Space Agency is the space agency of Canada. It was established on March 1, 1989 by the Canadian Space Agency Act, which was proclaimed in December 1990. Let us have a look.

The Use of Nuclear Powered Engines in Outer Space

On August 20, 2019, U.S. President Donald Trump issued a memorandum about research on a potential launch of spacecraft containing nuclear powered engines. Let us have a look.

The Voyager Program: History and Mission

The Voyager program is a real success. The program has made it possible to collect an enormous amount of data and images on our Solar system, which have allowed to gain a more precise knowledge of deep space.

The Mir Space Station: History and Legacy

Mir was a space station that was operated in Low Earth Orbit (LEO) from 1986 to 2001 by the Soviet Union and then by Russia. Predecessor of the International Space Station, the Mir station was the first continuously inhabited long-term research station in orbit.

NASA And The Woodpecker

Mission STS-70 scheduled for launch on June 8, 1995 had to be postponed to July 13, 1995 after mission STS-71. The reason? A woodpecker.

The Teacher In Space Project

The Teacher in Space Project was a NASA program announced by U.S. President Ronald Reagan in 1984. The project has for vision to inspire students, honor teachers and galvanise interest in mathematics, science and space exploration.

The race for space motorcycles between the U.S.A. and the U.S.S.R.

This race for space motorcycles began at the end of the 1960s, at the same time as the conquest of space itself. Indeed, NASA’s Spacecraft Design Division in Houston, Texas, began designing a minibike specifically for use on the Moon in the late 1960s.

Anousheh Ansari: The First Female Space Tourist

As a child, Anousheh Ansari used to look at the stars when life became too hard. Born in the 1960s in Iran into a modest family, she emigrated to the United States of America at the age of sixteen, without speaking the language. She became the first female space tourist.

ISEE-3: The First Satellite To Reach Lagrange Orbit

ISEE-3 is a satellite from the ISEE program “International Sun-Earth Explorer”. The purpose of this program was to study the relations between the solar wind and the terrestrial magnetosphere. Let us have a look!

All About The First Space Tourist

Dennis Tito, a rich Californian, passionate by cosmos issues since he was seventeen years old, has introduced the idea of space tourism by planning a special project with Russia in 2001.

The Association of Space Explorers

Today, the Association of Space Explorers works to promote space exploration, science, engineering, and environmental protection related to these activities. ASE is an international association whose membership is selective.

What was the Constellation Program?

The Constellation Program was a NASA space exploration program, the main objective of which was to send astronauts to the Moon around 2020 for long-term missions. As soon as it was presented to the media, the Constellation Program received a mixed reception. While some were enthusiastic about the idea of a new era of exploration beyond the Low Earth Orbit (LEO), others found little interest in an Apollo-bis deemed to be little innovative.

The female space quartet

The merging of two crews marked the first time four women were in outer space at the same time: Discovery’s three women astronauts, and Expedition 23 Flight Engineer Tracy Caldwell Dyson. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) also marked the first time two of its astronauts were in outer space simultaneously.

The Order of the Dolphin and the birth of SETI

In 1961, when UFOs were all the rage, a group of top scientific minds met in secret at a rural observatory in West Virginia. These scientists wanted to find, and talk to, aliens. They didn’t know it, but they were about to launch the modern Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence, or SETI.

A history of Vomit Comets

Parabolic flight, as a way of simulating weightlessness, was first proposed by the German aerospace engineer Fritz Haber and the German physicist Heinz Haber in 1950. Both had been brought to the U.S. after World War II as part of “Operation Paperclip”.