The Business, Law, and Technology of Space Commerce
PASS / NO CREDIT
Yes (may vary by section)
This course introduces the basics of the business, technology and law of space commerce. We will review the key historical moments of space exploration, the science of space, and the government's role in promoting space exploration as these factors have influenced the development of the business and law of space commerce. An deeper exploration of the U.S. law and regulatory frameworks, as well as international treaties, that have developed over the last half century around space exploration informs our understanding of the current space commerce environment. We also consider the role of national security and the various U.S. agencies involved in space military and commercial activities and how the two are linked. Upon completion of this course, students will have a strong grasp of the evolving business models for the industries of space commerce and the role and influence of law. These outcomes will be achieved through a variety of formats: readings and class discussions, guest speakers, a project presentation and a final paper.