In the last decade, the commercial space industry has made significant advances. New players have emerged to help facilitate space transport. The number of small businesses participating in the space spector has grown. Commercial space opportunities will grow on Earth and in space. As such, there must be enforceable laws and policies to help govern the future exploration of space.
Our principal attorney, Charles Lee Mudd Jr.
, considers the development of sound space law and policy essential to the effective developmen of the next space age. In this context, he actively participates in space policy discussions. He attended the First United Nations Conference on Space Law and Policy. He regularly speaks on space law and policy. Additionally, he actively participates in NewSpace Chicago.
At this Charles welcomes the opportunity to discuss space law and policy in any environment and to any audience.
Additionally, he seeks thought leaders to appear on his podcast STEM Voices. You can contact Charles
directly with any inquiries.
Our firm regularly participates in space policy deliberations.
This August 2020, Mudd Law will host a side meeting
at SmallSat 2020 at which he will discuss the Federal Communication Commissions proposed rules for orbital debris mitigation.
Charles has become particularly involved in efforts to mitigate the effects of satellite solar reflection on professional and amateur astronomy. In June 2020, Charles participated in the American Astronomical Association
and National Science Foundation SATCON1
which addressed the existing and potential adverse impact of megaconstellations on astronomy, astrophysics, and other space sciences. The presentations from the observational, simulations, and mitigations working groups have been made available online. Earlier in 2020, Charles provided testimony
before the Council on Environmental Quality
) advocating the CEQ
modify the NEPA implementing regulations to expressly encompass the night sky as a component of our natural environment. Later, he co-authored with the International Dark-Sky Association
they submitted to the CEQ
articulating the same arguments. Later, he logically expanded the audience for these environmental arguments and submitted a letter
to the United Nations Environment Assembly advocating
that the UN recognize the night sky as an essential aspect of the natural environment in its preparation for UNEA-5
. This advocacy follows and implements the strategies articulated in his prior writing
on the legal response to FCC approved satellite megaconstellations that has been cited
In 2018, Charles attended the United Nations' First Conference on Space Law and Policy in Moscow, Russia. The following year, he attended and participated in the UNOOSA
organized United Nations Second Conference on Space Law and Policy
held in Istanbul, Turkey. Specifically, he participated in a panel on capacity building and specifically addressed
the importance of involving younger generations in the development of space policy. He also regularly speaks on space law and policy at AAS conferences, NewSpace Chicago meetings, and academic opportunities.