Australia is playing a major role in developing legal guidelines that would govern how any war in space is played out. The authors of MILAMOS hope the manual is never actually required.
Who is responsible for space debris? What laws should apply to humans living on another planet? Who has rights to mine asteroids? The Outer Space Treaty needs an update to address such questions.
The Outer Space Treaty, now 50 years old, has so far never been violated. But things could be about to change.
Space mining could generate a massive resources boom. Here's a way to make sure the benefits of that boom reach everyone on the planet.
If we're going to mine asteroids, then we need an international treaty to prevent it becoming a wild west. Thankfully we can look to Antarctica to see how such a treaty might work.
Mining in space is no longer science fiction. But could it end wars over resources, as Neil deGrasse Tyson has suggested?