The first private company flies to the Moon to extract dust

Space law experts are watching the mission closely as it is likely to set a precedent for the future of mining on the lunar surface.

Christopher Newman, Professor of Space Law and Policy at Northumbria University, said: “The use of space is one of the hot areas of space law at the moment.

“What we have right now is kind of an ad hoc situation where national legislatures pass their own laws, and I think the United States and Japan will be keen to set a precedent here in what they can achieve commercially.

“I think there needs to be some international guidelines on this, because if we approach this properly now, it will solve a lot of problems in terms of security and future conflicts, and what the world doesn’t need right now. time, it’s more conflict.”

He added: “Traditionally, space law emanates from the United Nations, which would give it a certain legitimacy. Even though it is a huge international treaty, a commitment to collaboration between countries and commercial actors. would be helpful.

Purify the air on the right of space

Current space law is vague on the exploitation of resources. The 1966 UN Outer Space Treaty states that “outer space is not subject to national appropriation by claim of sovereignty, by use or occupation, or by any other means “.

Furthermore, its 1979 Moon Treaty called for “the orderly and safe utilization of natural lunar resources with an equitable sharing by all States Parties of the benefits derived from such resources”.

Nasa’s Artemis Accords, signed by 21 countries including Britain, the United States and Japan, but not Russia, endorsed the ability to extract and use space resources. He also called for the suspension of the Outer Space Treaty, creating a confusing situation.

The Ispace lander hitches a ride on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket set to launch from Cape Canaveral, Florida on Nov. 22 barring any delays.

It’s currently hurricane season in Florida, and NASA’s Artemis Moon mission, which is due for a third launch attempt next week, also faces an anxious wait.

If successful, the lander is expected to touch down at Lacus Somniorum on the moon’s northeast nearside next spring.

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