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Commercial Space Exploration: Ethics, Policy and Governance (eBook)

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Edited by: Jai Galliott

ISBN13: 9781317163770
Published: August 2015
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing Ltd
Country of Publication: UK
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Not since man set foot on the moon over four decades ago has there been such passion and excitement about space exploration. This enthusiasm and eagerness has been spurred on by the fact that for the first time since the very beginning of the space age, space travel is no longer limited to an elite group of highly trained and well-disciplined military officers and test pilots. Instead, we must understand that the possibility of commercial space travel is already on our horizon and that it comes with a number of significant practical and moral challenges. Our level of scientific development and ability to influence international affairs and policy confers upon us an obligation to study the ethical, legal and social considerations associated with space exploration and understanding the potential consequences from the beginning is critical.

This volume provides the first comprehensive and unifying analysis concerning the rise of private space exploration, with a view toward developing policy that may influence real-world decision making. The plethora of questions demanding serious attention - privatisation and commercialisation, the impact on the environment, health futures, risk assessment, responsibility and governance - are directly addressed in this scholarly work.

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Introduction, Jai Galliott.

Part I Space Exploration: Concepts and Justifications: The moral philosophy of space travel: a historical review, Nicholas Campion
The permissibility of first contact, Brent Franklin
How space travel will save the world: an anthropocentric view of sustainability, Elizabeth Kanon
Who is afraid of 'the dark'? Familiarising the unknown, Zumre Gizem Yilmaz.

Part II Public Meets Private: An Emerging Space Enterprise: Space exploration: an alliance between public and private, Jacques Arnould
Heaven can't wait: a critique of current planetary defence policy, Joel Marks
Advertising in space: sales at the outer limits, Zeldine O'Brien
Space tourism: risks and solutions, Angie Bukley, Robert Frize and Veronica La Regina.

Part III Asteroid Mining and the Space Environment: Asteroid mining, integrity and containment, Tony Milligan
Three ethical perspectives on asteroid mining, Daniel Pilchman
Exploring the heavens and the heritage of mankind, Robert Seddon
Terraforming, vandalism and virtue ethics, Robert Sparrow.

Part IV Space Weapons: Seizing the high ground? The dubious utility of space weapons, Armin Krishnan
Militarising space: weapons in orbit, Matthew Beard
Artificial intelligence and space robotics: questions of responsibility, Jai Galliott.

Part V Bioethics for Outer Space: Space medicine: the bioethical and legal implications for commercial human spaceflight, Sara Langston
Enhancing astronauts: the ethical, legal and social implications, Keith Abney and Patrick Lin
Vulnerable cargo: the sacrifice of animal astronauts, Jane Johnson.

Part VI Responsibility, Governance and Other Concerns: The independent entrepreneur and the terraforming of Mars, Chris Pak
A place in space: marking emptiness, Meera Baindur
Outsourcing space, Christopher Ketcham and Jai Galliott
Forty hectares and an MU: towards a colonisation ethic, Christopher Ketcham.