In the Beginning: the International Geophysical Year

Bin Cheng

in Studies in International Space Law

Published in print December 1997 | ISBN: 9780198257301
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191681745 | DOI:
In the Beginning: the International Geophysical Year

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This chapter, written soon after the publication of the then highly exciting news that the United States and the Soviet Union were both going to launch the world’s first artificial earth satellites as part of their programmes for the International Geophysical Year (1 July 1957–1 December 1958), examines some of the international law problems which the forthcoming space age was likely to encounter. Topics discussed include the principle of airspace sovereignty, the definition of airspace, the upper limits of airspace, the legal status of outer space, and artificial satellites and space travel.

Keywords: airspace sovereignty; outer space; artificial satellites; space travel; international law

Chapter.  5673 words. 

Subjects: Public International Law

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