Broadcast 1873 (Special Edition)

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Guest: Wayne White. Topics: Space law, The Space Pioneer Act, property rights & commercial space development. You are invited to comment, ask questions, and discuss the Space Show program/guest(s) on the Space Show blog, Comments, questions, and any discussion must be relevant and applicable to Space Show programming. Transcripts of Space Show programs are not permitted without prior written consent from The Space Show (even if for personal use) & are a violation of the Space Show copyright. We welcomed Wayne White back to the program to discuss his proposal for The Space Pioneer Act (SPA). His Power Point presentation on this Act has been uploaded to The Space Show blog. Later in the program we talked about his new business venture, SpaceBooster, LLC. Background on SpaceBooster has also been uploaded to The Space Show blog. Mr. White started our discussion with an overview on his proposed SPA and the five United Nations treaties that generally control the behavior in space by all nations, including the issues of property rights, space salvage, and space mining. Mr. White spent a considerable amount of time on this discussion, the Outer Space Treaty (OST) and the Moon Treaty. Our guest then introduced us to the idea of "innovative financing" which is a type of tax being proposed in the U.N. This prompted quite the discussion. Next, our guest took us to salvage law, the Law of the Sea Treaty, and the space asset registration lists with both the Air Force and the U.N. Transferring ownership title of space based assets was a major part of this part of the discussion, including reciprocity with similar laws that might eventually be enacted in other countries. Atty. Michael called in and we had a mini-legal debate on these issues, the treaties, enforcement, and alternatives. Wayne then introduced us to the Deep Sea Hard Mineral Resources Act as being relevant to parts of The Space Pioneers Act. In our second segment, Wayne talked about the history of many of our laws consistent with what he proposes in his Act. He said that 2012 was the 150th anniversary of the Homestead Act and he connected the benefits of the Homestead Act with what might happen in space with the SPA. He also talked about the 1872 General Mining Act which then led him to talking about Article 2 of the OST. Our guest was calling for the "use it or lose it" regime. Space mining was discussed in this segment along with jurisdictional issues, both internationally and domestically. Later in the segment, Wayne talked about his new business, SpaceBooster LLC. You can find out more by visiting their website, though Wayne did say the website is still under construction and being developed. Near the end of the program, we talked about space tourism liability, informed consent, insurance, and the meaning of the term "spaceflight participant" as opposed to being a passenger. Please post your comments/questions on The Space Show blog. You can reach Wayne White, Atty, through The Space Pioneer Act presentation on our blog.



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15 Oct 2012 Wayne White
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