Commercial Uses of Space and Space Tourism
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Commercial Uses of Space and Space Tourism

Legal and Policy Aspects

Edited by Jan Wouters, Philip De Man and Rik Hansen

Commercial Uses of Space and Space Tourism combines the perspectives of academics, policy makers and major industry players around three central themes connected to commercial spacefaring: the international legal challenges posed by the dramatic changes to the spacefaring landscape through privatisation and commercialisation; the corresponding legal and regulatory responses to these challenges at the national level; and related topical questions of global space governance.
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Chapter 12: National and international regulatory aspects of commercial space activities: self-regulation as the way forward?

Katrin Nyman-Metcalf


This chapter discusses the impact of the dramatic broadening of the field of players engaged in spacefaring on the space law-making process at the international level. With space use growing constantly, new space regulation needs to fit a technologically complex and international area of activity, not falling under the jurisdiction of any one State, but to be used for the benefit of mankind, given that technological developments can be very fast. This chapter draws parallels in this respect between the areas of space law and cyberspace. For cyberspace, self-regulation has become an important regulation method while still maintaining the maximum freedom of action. Consequently, the chapter examines what self-regulation may have to offer for outer space. Keywords: global space governance; cyberspace; self-regulation; space tourism; space debris

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