CFA – Private Space Exploration: Ethics, Policy, and Governance

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Private Space Exploration: Ethics, Policy, and Governance
Edited by Jai Galliott

Forget about the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Forget about the Russian Federal Space Agency (FKA). Forget about the entire Cold War-initiated space program, as we have known it. Instead, think private space travel and exploration. Abstracts pertaining to the ethics of space colonisation and exploration, the commercial space industry, space and the environment, bioethics for outer space and relevant aspects of risk assessment, design, responsibility and governance are welcomed for inclusion in this proposed volume. Subsequent papers must be philosophically rigorous but accessible to policy makers and upper-level students. Possible themes and topics might include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • The Moral Case for Space
  • Abandoning Earth: Selecting the Select Few
  • Who Owns Mars? Land Use and Property Rights
  • Advertising in Space: Sales at its Outer Limits
  • Space Tourists: The Risks & Benefits
  • The Consequences of Privatising Space Transport
  • Do Rocks Have Rights? The Ethics of Asteroid Mining
  • Asteroid Defence
  • Militarising Space: Weapons in Orbit
  • Space Junk and Environmental Ethics
  • Medical Ethics for Mirco-gravity
  • Enhancing Astronauts: The Ethical, Legal & Social Implications
  • Animal Astronauts: On the Ethics of Animal Research
  • Houston, We Have a Problem: Risk Thresholds
  • HAL9000: Artificial Intelligence & Space Robotics
  • Autonomous Spacecraft: Ethical by Design?
  • Collective Responsibility for Armageddon
  • The Decline of the U.S. Space Program: Power, Technology and Responsibility
  • Space Law & Morality: Rethinking the Geneva Conventions

Submission Guidelines & Notes

1. Submission deadline for abstracts (200-500 words) and CV(s): September 15, 2013.

2. In principle agreement has been struck with Rowman & Littlefield International. All abstracts will be reviewed by the editor and those selected for inclusion will be forwarded to anonymous reviewers appointed by the publisher with a view to contracting the project.

3. Tentative submission deadline for drafts of accepted papers (5000-7000 words): July, 2014.

4. All submissions (in Word format) and inquiries should be directed to Jai Galliott at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia via