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Space Mining and Its Regulation

  • Ram S. Jakhu
  • Joseph N. Pelton
  • Yaw Otu Mankata Nyampong

Part of the Springer Praxis Books book series (PRAXIS)

Also part of the Astronautical Engineering book sub series (ASTROENG)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvii
  2. Ram S. Jakhu, Joseph N. Pelton, Yaw Otu Mankata Nyampong
    Pages 1-9
  3. Ram S. Jakhu, Joseph N. Pelton, Yaw Otu Mankata Nyampong
    Pages 11-21
  4. Ram S. Jakhu, Joseph N. Pelton, Yaw Otu Mankata Nyampong
    Pages 23-32
  5. Ram S. Jakhu, Joseph N. Pelton, Yaw Otu Mankata Nyampong
    Pages 33-40
  6. Ram S. Jakhu, Joseph N. Pelton, Yaw Otu Mankata Nyampong
    Pages 41-58
  7. Ram S. Jakhu, Joseph N. Pelton, Yaw Otu Mankata Nyampong
    Pages 59-71
  8. Ram S. Jakhu, Joseph N. Pelton, Yaw Otu Mankata Nyampong
    Pages 73-84
  9. Ram S. Jakhu, Joseph N. Pelton, Yaw Otu Mankata Nyampong
    Pages 85-97
  10. Ram S. Jakhu, Joseph N. Pelton, Yaw Otu Mankata Nyampong
    Pages 99-112
  11. Ram S. Jakhu, Joseph N. Pelton, Yaw Otu Mankata Nyampong
    Pages 113-130
  12. Ram S. Jakhu, Joseph N. Pelton, Yaw Otu Mankata Nyampong
    Pages 131-144
  13. Ram S. Jakhu, Joseph N. Pelton, Yaw Otu Mankata Nyampong
    Pages 145-151
  14. Back Matter
    Pages 153-181

About this book

Introduction

This book addresses the complex technical challenges presented by remote space mining in terms of robotics, remote power systems, space transport, IT and communications systems, and more. It also addresses the difficult oversight and regulatory issues that face states and non-state enterprises that would take on the perilous task of obtaining natural resources from the Moon and asteroids.

 

An increasing number of countries are becoming involved in space-related activities that were previously carried out primarily by the United States and the USSR (now the Russian Federation). How these regulatory endeavors might be handled in international treaties, standards, codes of conduct or other means have become a truly international political issue. And there is yet another issue.


In the past, space activities traditionally fell under the exclusive domain of government. But the last few years have seen the emergence of the private sector of "space entrepreneurs." This poses many challenges for the pre-existing governance regimes and state-based conceptions of international law. This book examines the adequacies and ambiguities in treaty provisions and national laws and in currently accepted practices involving the growing exploration and exploitation of space-based natural resources.

Keywords

Regulation of space Legal framework in space Space mining regulation for private companies What laws govern space mining Current space mining missions Space mining companies Planned space mining missions Policy of space mining International control of space resource exploitation

Authors and affiliations

  • Ram S. Jakhu
    • 1
  • Joseph N. Pelton
    • 2
  • Yaw Otu Mankata Nyampong
    • 3
  1. 1.Institute of Air and Space LawMcGill UniversityMONTREALCanada
  2. 2.Executive Board, International Association for the Advancement of Space SafetyArlingtonUSA
  3. 3.Pan African UniversityAfrican Union CommissionAddis AbabaCanada

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-39246-2
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Engineering
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-39245-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-39246-2
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