Friday, March 20, 2015

If a Martian Wrecks Your Rocket Ship, Who Is Liable? - WSJ

Lawyers in space

"As the first chief counsel of a space mining company, Mr. Kfir is at the forefront of this odd offshoot of aerospace law. From his office in the modified two-car garage of his house in San Diego, Mr. Kfir spends much of his time mulling some rather otherworldly legal issues.

For example, what happens if one space-mining craft accidentally sends a rock flying into another spacecraft? Who pays for the damage? Or if a company successfully mines an asteroid and brings a precious cargo of platinum back to Earth, does it own the metal?

Space law professors have gone even further in positing legal quandaries."
If a Martian Wrecks Your Rocket Ship, Who Is Liable? - WSJ
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