Risks Associated with Space Activity


A seminar at the London Institute of Space Policy and Law that may be of interest to some of my readers…

Policy and Regulatory Risk

Seminar IV-II of the Practitioner and Industry Seminar Series:
Risks Associated with Space Activity

Thursday 27 October 2011

By its very nature, space activity can be more susceptible to risk than comparable terrestrial activity.  Along with security and physical hazards associated with launch and debris, for example, there are significant additional business ramifications.  There are risks specific to space commerce as a result of the long-term nature of the projects, and by virtue of their ultimate physical placement.  The choice of technology and other design decisions are critical, because once an object is launched, alteration is difficult or impossible.  In addition, the sector is notable for regulatory and policy variables which necessitate great care in planning to avoid unpredictability. There are also financial and insurance concerns specific to space ventures.

In this complex environment, it is essential to understand and quantify risk in  undertaking a commercial space venture, its funding and insurance.  In order to foster better understanding of these risks, and to encourage appropriate policy directions in all areas of the space sector, the Institute has brought together leading specialists to present a series of seminars on space risks and their insurance.

The aim of the series is to inform and engage those involved in space activities, policy makers and lawyers who advise them, as well as students and scholars in the field.  Previous seminars attracted interested and stimulating participants, and were marked by insightful comments and policy suggestions.

The final seminar of the series will deal with policy and regulatory issues affecting areas other than those related to spectrum. Topics to be covered are set out in the program below.  Like the previous seminars, it will be of short duration in order to fit into the working day of our speakers and delegates.  There will be ample time for comment and discussion.

Risk Seminar IV-II: Program & Description

Directions and further information can be found on the Institute’s website, and by contacting [email protected].

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Dr Jill Stuart is an academic based at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She is an expert in the politics, ethics and law of outer space exploration and exploitation. She is a frequent presence in the global media (print, radio, television, documentary) and regularly gives lectures around the world. From 2013-2017 she was Editor in Chief of the Elsevier journal Space Policy where she remains on the Editorial Board. She is also on the Board of Advisors of METI International, conducting scientific research into messaging potential extraterrestrial intelligence. She is one of an elite number of people to be endorsed by the UK Home Office as an Exceptional Talent Migrant/ World Leader in her Field. In 2015 she was awarded the prestigious Margaret Mead Award Lecture by the British Science Association in recognition of her cutting edge research. She is trained in both domestic and international mediation and has done consultancy work for the International Criminal Court and the International Court of Justice. She has a sub-specialism in women, peace and security and gender based violence. She is a Trustee of Luton All Women’s Centre.


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