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DOI: 10.5593/sgemsocial2017/12/S02.085

SPACE TOURISM LAW – A BRIEF OVERVIEW

M. Pietkiewicz
Thursday 28 September 2017 by Libadmin2017

References: 4th International Multidisciplinary Scientific Conference on Social Sciences and Arts SGEM 2017, www.sgemsocial.org, SGEM2017 Conference Proceedings, ISBN 978-619-7408-14-0 / ISSN 2367-5659, 24 - 30 August, 2017, Book 1, Vol 2, 679-684 pp, DOI: 10.5593/sgemsocial2017/12/S02.085

ABSTRACT

This research intends to investigate the origin of space tourism, as well as its legal framework. The first space Tourist was Denis Tito who is credited with being the first space tourist. He is a U.S citizen who worked for NASA – Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Despite being of American descent, his International Space Station trip was facilitated by the Russian Government through the Roscosmos State Corporation. Overall, the trip cost 20 million dollars. For over 40 years, only states had monopoly for activities in outer space. As research indicates, with the age of space tourism, commercial space project (like spaceX) are expected to change considerably. However the consensus is that legal grounds should be embraced to govern any proceedings for commercial use of space. The author will try to describe new phenonemna which he calls – privatization of outer space. XXI century will bring new actors in outer space – probably private companies. Therefore States cannot monopolize it, and they should do everything that is in their powers to make that exploration and use of outer space should be carried on for the benefit of all peoples not nations.

Keywords: space tourism, use of outer space, space tourist, international space law, space flights