Broadcast 2907 Hotel Mars with Rand Simberg

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Guests: John Batchelor, Rand Simberg, Dr. David Livingston.  Topics:  Deep Space Mining, space resources, OST, property rights. You are invited to comment, ask questions, and discuss the Space Show program/guest(s) on the Space Show blog. Comments, questions, and any discussion must be relevant and applicable to Space Show programming. Written Transcripts of Space Show programs are not permitted without prior written consent from The Space Show (even if for personal use) & are a violation of the Space Show copyright. We do not permit the commercial use of any Space Show program or part thereof, nor do we permit Space Show programs to be edited, placed on YouTube, or other private channels & websites. Space Show programs can be quoted in news articles, papers, academic & research work but must be cited or referenced in the proper citation format. Contact Dr. Livingston for questions about our copyright and trademark policies which we do enforce.  This program is archived on The Space Show website, podcasting, and blog sites with permission from John Batchelor. Please visit the John Batchelor Show website for more information about this fine program,  Remember, your Amazon Purchases Can Help Support The Space Show/OGLF ( note that audio and transition issues are a result of copying the John Batchelor broadcast & are not within my control as they originate in the Batchelor studio.

John Batchelor and I welcomed back Rand Simberg to discuss the deep space mining, space resource utilization, property rights under the Outer Space Treaty (OST), robotic exploration, AI and more.  Rand also talked about the property rights implications of moving an asteroid close to our Moon or Earth.  He said the usual definition of a celestial body per the OST was that the celestial body had to be in a natural orbit.  Thus, if you move the item to an orbit close to our Moon or Earth, it is no longer a celestial body as defined by the OST so property rights and ownership would be possible.  This of course is an untested legal theory but as you will hear, it has widespread support.

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Deep Space Mining, the OST

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03 May 2017 John Batchelor, Dr. David Livingston, Rand Simberg
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