James, Rachit, Martin, Nathan, Kostas
Working Group 3 at the Space Workshop ’23 discussed questions and overlaps related to space situational awareness and the governance of the moon. They highlighted the need to adapt and improve existing laws to accommodate the scale and scope of current space activities. To address these issues, the group proposed starting with new legislation in the United States, aiming to assign responsibility and create certainty in the markets and international conversations. The process of passing this legislation involves proposing a draft and engaging with interested parties and stakeholders. Concerns were raised about the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) overstepping its regulatory bounds, leading to a lack of clarity and potential overreach. The speaker expressed concerns about the current regulatory situation in the space industry and called for a progressive and forward-thinking approach. They suggested an industry-led approach to regulation, outlining clear-cut lines and defining mission authorization to prevent interference from the FCC and ensure beneficial regulations.