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International Law and High Altitude Flights: Balloons, Rockets, and Man–made Satellites

Bin Cheng

in Studies in International Space Law

Published in print December 1997 | ISBN: 9780198257301
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191681745 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198257301.003.0002
International Law and High Altitude Flights: Balloons, Rockets, and Man–made Satellites

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This chapter, the appearance of which coincided with the launching of Sputnik I, assesses the legal aspects of the then raging controversy provoked by the release in the West of unmanned high altitude ‘meteorological’ balloons over various Soviet-bloc countries. These balloons, likened to miniature satellites, carried sophisticated photographic and other recording equipment, and were designed to fly over a number of Soviet-bloc countries, before landing their equipment and recordings somewhere in the Pacific or in North America. The controversy provided a foretaste of the disputes to come.

Keywords: high altitude meteorological balloons; space flight; international law; satellites; Soviet-bloc countries

Chapter.  8890 words. 

Subjects: Public International Law

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