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WP3 - Legal frame

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Suborbital technologies have a high technical, economic and even cultural potential, and can be applied to various purposes and needs, be it military, scientific, or commercial. At the same time, these activities also present a high risk and have to be subject to the appropriate regulatory regime.

You will address one of the following topics:

  1. Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo and Blue Origin's New Shepard performed their first flights with passengers during last summer, following authorisation given by the Office of Commercial Transport, part of Federal Aviation Administration (FAA-AST).
    • You will first briefly explain the main principles of the authorisation process applied in the United States,
    • You will then detail activities performed by FAA-AST before and after the flight (especialy for SpaceShipTwo, being temporary grounded),
    • Finally, you may take the existing U.S. regulation as a model to outline an appropriate draft legal text at European level, taking due account of various legal, economic and institutional realities in Europe.

    or

  2. In the context of the military use of a high speed long-range suborbital transport vehicle, address the potential diplomatic implications of this transportation means for people and equipment.
  3. or

  4. In the context of the commercial use of a high-speed long-range suborbital transport vehicle, propose a draft legal framework to cope with on-board disputes between passengers or between passengers and crew.

For all topics, the report should outline the benefits of the proposed framework in comparison with regulations applicable to conventional airlift.

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