How High the Sky?

The Definition and Delimitation of Outer Space and Territorial Airspace in International Law


In How High the Sky?, jurist Thomas Gangale explores the oldest and most important controversy in space law: how far up does national airspace go, and where does the international environment of outer space begin? Even though nations did not object to the first satellites flying over their sovereign territory, after more than six decades there is still no international agreement on how low the right of space object overflight extends, nor are there agreed legal definitions of “space object” and “space activity.” Dr. Gangale brings his background as an aerospace engineer to bear in exploding long-held beliefs of the legal community, and he offers a draft international convention to settle the oldest and most intractable problems in space law.

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Thomas Gangale, JSD (2017), University of Nebraska-Lincoln, has published articles on space law, astrodynamics, engineering management, international relations, and political science. His previous books are From the Primaries to the Polls (Praeger, 2007) and The Development of Outer Space (Prager, 2009).
All interested in space law and space policy, in particular the problem of the delimitation of outer space and the legal definition of “space object” and “space activity”.
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