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Protecting Space: In search of a new Ethical paradigm for Space Activities

Newman, Christopher (2015) Protecting Space: In search of a new Ethical paradigm for Space Activities. In: Ethics in Public Policy and Management: A Global Research Companion. Routledge, pp. 299-324. ISBN 978-0-415-72528-6

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With an increased focus on the benefits afforded by advances in space exploration, this chapter examines the lack of ethical underpinning in space activity. It is suggested that policymakers within national space agencies and commercial ventures have been understandably, focused towards the technical, and to a lesser extent the political dimensions of space activity at the expense of ethical considerations. This chapter considers the underpinning ethics of space governance and establishes normative values in respect of space law, human spaceflight, orbital debris and the protection of extraterrestrial environments. The chapter argues that the search for a normative ethical position underpinning space activity is important for future sustainable space activity as an increasing range of diverse actors seek to exploit the opportunities afforded by the space industry.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: Space Law, Space Ethics, Space Policy
Depositing User: Christopher Newman


Item ID: 5659
ISBN: 978-0-415-72528-6
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Date Deposited: 18 Aug 2015 08:02
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2019 09:19


Author: Christopher Newman

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Faculty of Business, Law and Tourism > School of Law
Faculty of Business, Law and Tourism > School of Tourism



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