Since the launch of the first human-made space object to orbit the Earth, Sputnik 1, in October 1957, we have witnessed a breathtaking and seemingly endless development of space-related technology. Humankind is now engaged in a multitude of space activities far beyond the contemplation of those involved at that time. The utilisation of space technology now forms a crucial part of everyday society in all parts of the globe – irrespective of the (geo)political, economic, and cultural characteristics of any one country. Simply put, our reliance on space technology is such that the world would cease to function in many respects without constant and unimpeded access, and this imperative is likely to become even more pronounced for future generations. This has primarily been driven by the increasing “commercialisation” of outer space.
|Title of host publication||NewSpace Commercialisation and the Law|
|Editors||M. T. Ahmad, J. Su|
|Place of Publication||Montreal, Quebec, Canada|
|Publisher||McGill University, Centre for Research in Air and Space Law|
|Publication status||Published - 2017|