Wednesday, 22 March 2017

orbit allocation

The Medium features a thorough and important series of essays addressing the legal framework of accords governing the exploration, exploitation and use of Outer Space—especially timely as the markedly anti-academic, anti-aspirational regime of Dear Leader is not completely eviscerating America’s frivolous æronautics and space agency.
Though happy and relieved for NASA workers and future programmes for being spared (mostly), I worry what profit-motive might be driving the decision and what sort enslavement awaits mankind once we are jaunted off to asteroid mining operations—since the robots are not having any of it—and how antagonistic countries may grow more and more willing to contravene the treaties’ terms and weaponise space. International space law came about once it was discovered that the US had commission the seeding of the upper atmosphere with a halo, an artificial ring of microscopic needles to maintain radio contact with a globally deployed military in case the Soviets decided to snip the undersea cables that connected Washington to points beyond.