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URN: urn:nbn:de:gbv:luen4-opus-145058

Space Sustainability and Connectivity Selected Aspects of Large Satellite Constellations - a Legal Analysis

Christiansen, Ronja-Freya

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Keywords from authority file SWD (German): Weltraum , Umwelt , Recht , Satellit , Weltraummüll
Free keywords (German): Satellitenkonstellation , juristische Analyse
Free keywords (English): space sustainability, connectivity, large satellite constellations, LTS guidelines, cyberlaw
Institute: Recht/Wirtschaftsrecht
Dewey Decimal Classification: Recht
Document type: Bachelor Thesis
Language: English
Year of creation: 2018
Date of publication: 06.08.2018
Abstract in English: The increasing perils of connectivity technologies in the context of large satellite constellations come alongside with legal aspects concerning the protection of the space environment. The interplay of connectivity and sustainability must be regulated. To analyse the legal measures and tools regulating the risks, both sides of the problem are taken into consideration. The technological side of large satellite constellations is summarized under the term cybersecurity. Cyber is a code-based system, i.e. at first sight it requires a specialized field of law. This holds true on space sustainability as well. Large satellite constellations raise the discussion on space debris and junk. The consensus on the LTS guidelines by COPUOS at UNISPACE+50 in 2018 constitutes a milestone in Space Law. Space sustainability requires a particular adoption of legal norms: the idea is very similar to the subject of cybersecurity. Since both areas of issue are internationally driven and have multilateral impact, self-regulation proves ineffective. The genesis of reliable and uniform legal rules requires a different approach considering the multilevel systems of obligations with different binding authority.
This thesis evaluates the balance between the future of connectivity and space sustainability in the context of large satellite constellations by considering the impact of legal rules with different binding authority.

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