With the growing number of private space activities, both for commercial and for non-profit (educational/scientific/hobbies/...), it is legitimate to ask questions on whether a regulatory framework already exists and is fulfilling well its job. If there is consensus that the current framework is not adequate, what is the most suitable way to regulate and control, internationally, non-governmental activities in space?
Some on this site may think - and some even promote the belief – that the Outer Space Treaty (OST) and its accompanying Conventions (see here) largely address these questions (for ex. the answer to this question).
The current tags used to flag questions dealing with this subject (“law”, “regulatory”, “treaty” ...) are too broad and diluting. Would a new tag, for example “space-governance” be useful to capture the subject? Can it serve as a convenient gauge of how the Space SE community feels concerned about this specific (and critical) issue? How much this community wants to contribute in progressing consensus, e.g. by exposing the "fog of law" situation?
Questions off-topic of this new tag would be, for example (very short list):
- Are there any space capable countries without ITAR laws?
- Technical considerations aside, could I legally purchase three CCBs from ULA and build my own Atlas V Heavy?
- If you launch a booster from international waters, who do you have to notify beforehand?
- Does NEPA currently categorically exempt satellite systems? Is there any legal basis to Viasat's request for the FCC to consider light pollution?