Hot dates in space law

How's your 2007 calendar shaping up so far? Every microsecond counts. Here's some stuff to help satisfy your space law jones over the next few months . . .

  • Jan. 17-19, 2007: 27th session of the Inter-Agency Meeting on Outer Space Activities will be held at the UN in Vienna, Austria.

  • January 18, 2007: National Center for Remote Sensing, Air and Space Law's conference, Space Law in The Era of Globalization, University of Mississippi School of Law, Oxford, Mississippi.

  • February 1, 2007: ABA Forum on Air & Space Law's Washington Update Conference, titled "Winds of Change - Cleared for Takeoff?" Washington, DC.

  • February 6-7, 2007: FAA/AST's 10th Annual Commercial Space Transportation Conference, "Space Transportation -- Competing in a Global Market." Ms. Anousheh Ansari is keynote speaker. Sheraton Crystal City Hotel, Arlington, VA.

  • Feb 15, 2007: Deadline to subit your comments on the draft Space Assets Protocol.

  • March, 2, 2007: University of Nebraska College of Law's Space & Telecom Law Conference, "Security and Risk Management in a New Space Era: Military, Commercial and Tourism Dimensions," Lincoln, Nebraska. Marking the 40th Anniversary of the Outer Space Treaty.

  • And for moot court mavens, here is the 2007 calendar for the Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition (Emeralda v Mazonia): law school competitors research, analyze, reason and argue their way to this year's moot finals (which will take place at the International Institute of Space Law's annual colloquium at the 58th International Astronautical Congress, Sept. 2007 in Hyderabad, India).

    By the way, between space law-related gatherings and deadlines there's always a lot of launch action -- Spaceports blog highlights
    launches scheduled for 2007, including such noteworthy events as the launch of Bigelow's Genesis-2 Pathfinder inflatable space station, as well as the much-anticipated liftoff of SpaceX's Falcon 1, and Charles Simonyi's ride to ISS.

    Much more to come.

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    Image: "Artist's concept of the warping of space-time in the vicinity of a rotating black hole." Courtesy of NASA ARC via Joe Bergeron of Sky & Telescope.

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