Sixty years after the beginning of the Space Age with the launch of Sputnik, mankind is now on the brink of a new space industry: natural resource extraction. Well-funded companies lead the way as countries, such as the U.S., Luxembourg, and Japan, develop enabling regulations. The potential wealth available on asteroids and other celestial bodies is virtually limitless. What technical, legal and ethical challenges await mankind on this new frontier?
Mark Sundahl, director of the Global Space Law Center at CSU’s Cleveland-Marshall College of Law will discuss how policy makers can address these issues at CSU’s next Multidisciplinary Research Seminar Series, Friday, November 3 from 12 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. in Parker Hannifin Hall, Rm. 104.
Sundahl who also serves as the Charles R. Emrick Jr.- Calfee, Halter & Griswold Professor of Law at CSU, is an international expert on space law and currently serves as chair of the International Space Policy Working Group of the Federal Aviation Administration’s Commercial Space Transportation Committee. He is also an advisor to the U.S. delegation to the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space.
The CSU Office of Research created the Multidisciplinary Research Seminar Series to promote an environment that enables, encourages, and rewards multidisciplinary and collaborative risk taking to solve the broad challenges in our increasingly complex world.