Getting ahold of a space lawyer can be difficult these days. Lots of lawyers travel lots, but for Joanne Gabrynowicz, director of the Air and Space Law Center at the University of Mississippi School of Law, it’s at least one way to measure growing global interest in the “rule of space.”First, she was in South Africa, meeting with various government ministers to advance a plan for building something called the Global Earth Observation System of Systems. Then, after hosting a space law conference in Washington, D.C., she was on to China for a lecture on space law to the third nation to put people in space. “When it was only superpowers there, the law of space was a little more straightforward,” she says. “It’s always been a very international practice, but now almost every country in the world wants a seat at the table.”Still, the community of space law remains small and collegial. At the Eilene Galloway Symposium on Space Law in December … [Read more...] about Making Space Matter
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Outer space is nothing like the movies. Contrary to popular imagination, there are no space armadas, Death Stars or laser battles above Earth. Only a handful of humans have ever been to outer space … almost all of them trained astronauts, cosmonauts and scientists. The reality of space travel is thanks in large part to the Outer Space Treaty, which turns 50 this year. In 1967, a time when only the United States and Soviet Union were even capable of launching vehicles into space, the treaty declared space a demilitarized zone and made the moon and other celestial bodies “the province of all mankind.”But every so often, something shocking happens that threatens to shatter the soundless peace of outer space. Several years ago, hackers from China cracked into the U.S. weather satellite network and forced a temporary shutdown of the system. More recently, private companies have begun testing commercial rockets designed to take tourists into space—resulting in several … [Read more...] about The Outer Space Treaty turns 50. Can it survive a new space race?
Former NASA astronaut Buzz Aldrin was noticeably absent from a gala kicking off a yearlong celebration of the 50-year anniversary of the first moon landing, even though his nonprofit space education foundation is a sponsor and he typically is the star attraction. The black-tie Apollo Celebration Gala held under a Saturn V rocket at the Kennedy Space Center on Saturday evening featured a panel discussion by astronauts, an awards ceremony and an auction of space memorabilia. Hundreds of people attended the sold-out event, including British physicist Brian Cox, who presented Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson with the ShareSpace Foundation's Innovation award. Branson, whose company is developing a new generation of commercial spacecraft, said in a recorded video that the Apollo missions influenced his generation. An NGO claims it cleaned up over 30 tons of plastic waste off the coast of Santo Domingo. (Published Saturday, July 21, 2018) "Space is still hard, really hard. It still … [Read more...] about Buzz Aldrin Skips Space Center Gala Amid Feud With His Children
Last Updated Oct 12, 2018 2:18 PM EDT Virgin Group founder Richard Branson has joined such prominent Western business leaders as technology investor Steve Case and Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi in backing away from projects with Saudi Arabia after the disappearance and alleged killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Turkish officials reportedly have told the U.S. government that they have audio and video recordings proving the Washington Post columnist and dissident was killed inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul this month. The alleged slaying threatens to derail efforts by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to portray Saudi Arabia as a more open and tolerant place to visit, invest in and do business. Donald Trump reluctant to halt arms sales to Saudis over alleged assassinationNew video shows purported Saudi "assassination squad" in TurkeyThe 33-year-old crown prince hopes to grow his country's $500 billion sovereign wealth fund -- pounded by falling oil prices earlier … [Read more...] about Business leaders cancel Saudi events, ask Mohammed bin Salmon for info on Jamal Khashoggi
I read with interest “Mac v. PC,” March, and I would like to weigh in. My only interest here is to make life easier for my colleagues, which should in turn help make the benefits of Macs more available for all of us.I work for a large law firm. I have a PC at the office and a Mac at home. I routinely use the Mac for work. The former is—for now anyway—an unavoidable evil. The latter is a breath of fresh air. I am lobbying to be allowed a Mac in the office.Rick Georges’ defense of the PC is familiar stuff: Macs cost more; PCs have more programs; switching to a Mac would mean learning a new operating system; one might potentially have to buy two operating systems for some programs, etc., etc. Georges ends his article with the statement that it “sounds like the cost of an Apple is nearing its weight in gold.” With all respect, Rick, you have it backward. In the end, the modern Mac is far cheaper, both in terms of productivity and stress.Why? … [Read more...] about Mac Mavens Speak Up