Salvage Law for Outer Space

by Wayne N. White, Jr., UCLA, Los Angeles, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Engineering, Construction, and Operations in Space III


This paper presents the essential elements of salvage law for outer space. The author introduces the topic by explaining how salvage law could alleviate the problem of space debris and promote economic use of inoperative space objects. The second section of the paper examines precedents for space salvage in maritime and admiralty law. The third section discusses the status of space objects and debris under existing international law. Finally the author uses existing laws and precedents to develop salvage laws for outer space.

Subject Headings: Space exploration | Debris | Recycling | Legislation | Economic factors

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