Defining the Limits of Outer Space for Regulatory Purposes

  • Olavo de Oliviera Bittencourt Neto

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Space Development book series (BRIEFSSPACE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Olavo de Oliveira Bittencourt Neto
    Pages 1-4
  3. Olavo de Oliveira Bittencourt Neto
    Pages 5-30
  4. Olavo de Oliveira Bittencourt Neto
    Pages 31-40
  5. Olavo de Oliveira Bittencourt Neto
    Pages 41-59
  6. Olavo de Oliveira Bittencourt Neto
    Pages 61-64
  7. Olavo de Oliveira Bittencourt Neto
    Pages 65-70
  8. Olavo de Oliveira Bittencourt Neto
    Pages 71-92
  9. Olavo de Oliveira Bittencourt Neto
    Pages 93-98
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 99-110

About this book


With different countries ascribing to different theories of air space and outer space law, Dr. Bittencourt Neto proposes in this Brief a reassessment of the international law related to the extension of state territories vertically. Taking into consideration the vast number of proposals offered by scholars and diplomatic delegations on this subject matter, as well as the principles of comparative law, a compromise to allow for peaceful development is the only way forward. The author argues for setting the delimitation of the frontier between air space and outer space at 100 km above mean sea level through an international treaty. This would also regulate passage rights for space objects during launchings and reentries, as long as those space activities are peaceful, conducted in accordance with international Law and respecting the sovereign interests of the territorial State. Continuing expansion of the commercial space industry and conflicting national laws require a stable and fair legal framework best adjudicated by the United Nations, instead of allowing a patchwork system to persist. The proper framework for developing such regulation is carefully discussed from all angles with a practical recommendation for policy-makers in the field.


Air Space and Outer Space Boundary Altitude and Space Law COPUOS International law of Space Sovereignty in Space Space Treaties Spatialists Versus Functionalists UN Involvement in Space Law Vertical Country Borders Vertical Frontier of Countries

Authors and affiliations

  • Olavo de Oliviera Bittencourt Neto
    • 1
  1. 1.SantosBrazil

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-16684-1
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-16685-8
  • Series Print ISSN 2191-8171
  • Series Online ISSN 2191-818X
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