SpaceLab students coauthor book on space resource utilisation

7 Mar 2018 - 08:30

It isn't often that a Team Project is published as a book, but this is exactly what has happened with the MPhil '16 Team Project for the EEE5124Z Space and Society course. Students taking that course were tasked to consider the developments in the policy and regulatory domains concerning space resource utilization from a developing country perspective. On reading the final Team Project report, Team Project co-lead Dr Annette Froehlich realised that the work of these MPhil students could make an interesting contribution to ongoing debates about space resource utilization. Under her guidance, the students developed their Team Project into a new book that has just been published by Springer in January 2018.

The book addresses the need for a regulatory framework for space resource utilization and tackles the subject matter from a number of angles. An analysis of the current national and international governance frameworks with regard to space resource extraction and utilization is presented. The views of established and emerging space nations concerning the extraction and utilization of space resources is analysed, specifically in light of the United State (US) Commercial Space Launch Competitiveness Act (CSLCA) of 2015 and similar developments elsewhere.