Challenges in offworld private enterprise

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Although the human species required over three and a half billion years to evolve, George Robinson, a space philosopher and attorney, observed that in the past 50 years we have moved beyond Earth to penetrate near space, deep space, and other planets [2]. In the process of transforming our perceptions of humanity, space law scholars speculate that Homo spatialis or spacekind will develop as a new species, altered in time from Homo sapiens, physically, psychologically, and socially (see Appendix A). In contemplating the human occupation of outer space, issues related to its industrialization and settlement may be viewed as problems or challenges [3]. Preferring the latter approach, there are indeed numerous multidimensional challenges: the first are technological, biological, and financial. However, in this chapter, we will delimit analysis to just three dimensions: commercial, legal, and political, ending with specific action plans to further space enterprise.1 We will also revisit and amplify some of the themes discussed in Chapter 1.


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