Federal Register: Exclusion of Tethered Launches From Licensing Requirements

via Federal Register, Volume 80 Issue 107 Thursday, June 4, 2015.

SUMMARY: The FAA is amending its commercial space transportation regulations to exclude specified tethered launches from its licensing and permitting requirements. This action maintains safety by providing launch vehicle operators with clear and simple criteria for a safe tethered launch, while relieving operators and the FAA from the administrative burden of filing and processing license and permit applications or waiver requests. The intent of this final rule is to enhance the safety of tethered launches and improve regulatory effectiveness.

 

Journal of Astrosociology, volume 1

An exciting announcement from ARI:

The Astrosociology Research Institute is proud to announce the publication of volume 1 of The Journal of Astrosociology. The journal is freely downloadable as a PDF document from our Virtual Library at:http://www.astrosociology.org/Library/PDF/Journal/JOA-Final/JournalOfAstrosociology-Vol1.pdf. The inaugural issue of the journal includes the following contributions:

Articles

Albert A. Harrison, Astrobiology: Where Science Meets Humanistic Inquiry

Alan Steinberg, Jeffrey Alles, and Ryan L. Kobrick, Exploring How Social Media Can Be Used to Promote Space Awareness:  A Case Study of the Yuri’s Night Web 2.0 Strategy            

Essays

Geoffrey Landis, Spaceflight and Science Fiction

Elizabeth Song Lockard, Beyond Habitation in Space: The Need to Design for Adaptation

Student Essay

Ana Kilbryde, Space Travel as a Means for Re-Enchantment, Unification, and Spiritual Fulfillment  

The deadline for the Call for Manuscripts for Volume 2 is October 31, 2015. If interested in submitting a manuscript, please first review the Author Submission Guidelines, which can be found here:http://www.astrosociology.org/library/pdf/journal/JOA-Author-Guidelines.pdf. You may transmit your manuscript to the Editor-in-Chief via email to joa@astrosociology.org. Please feel free to email the Editor-in-Chief with any questions or comments. We hope that you will consider publishing with us soon.

Space Law Reading List (2015-04-21)

H.R. 1560: Protecting Cyber Networks Act

H.R. 1560: Protecting Cyber Networks Act was introduced on March 24, 2015 by Rep. Devin Nunnes.  The bill’s ToC:

Beginning
March 24, 2015

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE; TABLE OF CONTENTS.
SEC. 2. SHARING OF CYBER THREAT INDICATORS AND DEFENSIVE MEASURES BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WITH NON-FEDERAL ENTITIES.
`SEC. 111. SHARING OF CYBER THREAT INDICATORS AND DEFENSIVE MEASURES BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WITH NON-FEDERAL ENTITIES.
SEC. 3. AUTHORIZATIONS FOR PREVENTING, DETECTING, ANALYZING, AND MITIGATING CYBERSECURITY THREATS.
`SEC. 119B. CYBER THREAT INTELLIGENCE INTEGRATION CENTER.
SEC. 5. FEDERAL GOVERNMENT LIABILITY FOR VIOLATIONS OF PRIVACY OR CIVIL LIBERTIES.
SEC. 6. PROTECTION FROM LIABILITY.
SEC. 7. OVERSIGHT OF GOVERNMENT ACTIVITIES.
SEC. 8. REPORT ON CYBERSECURITY THREATS.
SEC. 9. CONSTRUCTION AND PREEMPTION.
SEC. 10. CONFORMING AMENDMENTS.
SEC. 11. DEFINITIONS.

 

Space Law Reading List (2014-04-20)

S.Res. 110: A resolution expressing the sense of the Senate about a strategy for the Internet of Things to promote economic growth and consumer empowerment

S.Res. 110: A resolution expressing the sense of the Senate about a strategy for the Internet of Things to promote economic growth and consumer empowerment was introduced on March 24, 2015 by Sen. Deb Fischer:

S.RES.110 — Expressing the sense of the Senate about a strategy for the Internet of Things to promote economic growth and consumer empowerment. (Agreed to Senate – ATS)
 

SRES 110 ATS

114th CONGRESS
1st Session
S. RES. 110
Expressing the sense of the Senate about a strategy for the Internet of Things to promote economic growth and consumer empowerment.

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
March 24, 2015
Mrs. FISCHER (for herself, Mr. BOOKER, Ms. AYOTTE, and Mr. SCHATZ) submitted the following resolution; which was considered and agreed to


RESOLUTION
Expressing the sense of the Senate about a strategy for the Internet of Things to promote economic growth and consumer empowerment.

Whereas the Internet of Things currently connects tens of billions of devices worldwide and has the potential to generate trillions of dollars in economic opportunity;

Whereas increased connectivity can empower consumers in nearly every aspect of their daily lives, including in the fields of agriculture, education, energy, healthcare, public safety, security, and transportation, to name just a few;

Whereas businesses across our economy can simplify logistics, cut costs in supply chains, and pass savings on to consumers because of the Internet of Things and innovations derived from it;

Whereas the United States should strive to be a world leader in smart cities and smart infrastructure to ensure its citizens and businesses, in both rural and urban parts of the country, have access to the safest and most resilient communities in the world;

Whereas the United States is the world leader in developing the Internet of Things technology, and with a strategy guiding both public and private entities, the United States will continue to produce breakthrough technologies and lead the world in innovation;

Whereas the evolution of the Internet of Things is a nascent market, the future direction of which holds much promise;

Whereas the Internet of Things represents a wide range of technologies that are governed by various laws, policies, and governmental entities; and

Whereas coordination between all stakeholders of the Internet of Things on relevant developments, impediments, and achievements is a vital ingredient to the continued advancement of pioneering technology: Now, therefore, be it

Resolved,

    That it is the sense of the Senate that–
      (1) the United States should develop a strategy to incentivize the development of the Internet of Things in a way that maximizes the promise connected technologies hold to empower consumers, foster future economic growth, and improve our collective social well-being;
      (2) the United States should prioritize accelerating the development and deployment of the Internet of Things in a way that recognizes its benefits, allows for future innovation, and responsibly protects against misuse;
      (3) the United States should recognize the importance of consensus-based best practices and communication among stakeholders, with the understanding that businesses can play an important role in the future development of the Internet of Things;
      (4) the United States Government should commit itself to using the Internet of Things to improve its efficiency and effectiveness and cut waste, fraud, and abuse whenever possible; and
      (5) using the Internet of Things, innovators in the United States should commit to improving the quality of life for future generations by developing safe, new technologies aimed at tackling the most challenging societal issues facing the world.

 

FCC: Protecting and Promoting the Open Internet; Final Rule

The FCC’s final rule on net neutrality, Protecting and Promoting the Open Internet (PDF), was published in the Federal Register on April 13, 2015:

SUMMARY: In this document, the Federal Communications Commission (Commission) establishes rules to protect and promote the open Internet. Specifically, the Open Internet Order adopts bright-line rules that prohibit blocking, throttling, and paid prioritization; a rule preventing broadband providers from unreasonably interfering or disadvantaging consumers or edge providers from reaching one another on the Internet; and provides for enhanced transparency into network management practices, network performance, and commercial terms of broadband Internet access service. These rules apply to both fixed and mobile broadband Internet access services. The Order reclassifies broadband Internet access service as a telecommunications service subject to Title II of the Communications Act. Finally, the Order forbears from the majority of Title II provisions, leaving in place a framework that will support regulatory action while simultaneously encouraging broadband investment, innovation, and deployment.

 

Cybergovernance Reading List (2015-04-16)

Space Law Reading List (2015-04-16)