The space law started to emerge as a separate branch of international law. During 1960s
and 70s, five major treaties were entered into the field of outer space under the auspices
of the United Nations. However the progressive development of space law halted after the
Moon Agreement in 1979 due to the divergence in the opinion of the States. Now in the 21st
century, with the entry of private sector into space activities, commercial use has
emerged as a single largest use of outer space. This has made the world community to
rethink on the existing space law which is directed towards the regulation of traditional
State activities in outer space and not towards the regulation of modern commercial
With the entry of private players into the realm of space activities, we find the
existing international space treaty regime is inadequate to deal with manifold nuances of
space activities. This brings forward the question--what steps need to be taken to deal
with the emerging trends in space activities?
The nature of different emerging activities in outer space has been studied, which
include space tourism, space transportation, space research, exploitation of space
resources, and human habitation in outer space. Also the inadequacy of current legal
regime to regulate these activities needs to be explored to suggest a working model for
regulating and channelizing space activities.
Hence, an attempt is made through this book by the contibutors who have explored the
possibilities of legal regulation of emerging trends in space activities through concerted
effort at both national and international levels.