Date of this Version
Space Policy (2011) 27: 146-152. DOI: 10.1016/j.spacepol.2011.04.015.
The arrival of ‘space tourism,’ or more appropriately ‘private spaceflight,’ requires the law of outer space to change and adapt to this revolutionary development, as deriving precisely from the principled private participation in these activities. After defining the proper concepts, this paper discusses key legal aspects of authorization and supervision, liability and registration, and how they re.ect and impact on space tourism. Key legal aspects related to certification of craft, crew and passengers, while not yet much articulated at the international level will also be touched upon precisely in order to demonstrate that the law could well be driven first and foremost by national legislative interests on a domestic level, before (possibly) reaching the level of international law. The possible use of air law or even adventure tourism law to regulate relevant activities is also touched on.