On-Orbit Servicing and Active Debris Removal: Legal Aspects
in Anja Peculjic & Matteo Tugnoli, eds., Promoting Productive Cooperation Between Space Lawyers and Engineers (IGI Global)
Posted: 4 Jun 2019
Date Written: 2019
This chapter examines the legal issues associated with the activities of on-orbit servicing and active debris removal. It addresses these legal issues from the perspective of military, civil, and commercial space activities. It argues that the major international legal challenges for these technologies are avoiding their weaponization in order to use them to provide for the sustainability of the space environment. Further, it argues that the development of domestic authorization regimes will be necessary precursor to the deployment of OOS and ADR.
Keywords: Space Law, Space Security, On-Orbit Servicing, Active Debris Removal
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