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Commercial Space Applications: An Exploration of Emerging Trends in U.S. Regulatory Activity

Produced on August 20, 2018

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Course Information

Time 64 minutes
Difficulty Intermediate

Course Description

This exploratory seminar will review emerging trends in regulatory activity concerning space law, particularly commercial space applications. Attorney James Anthony Wolff will examine regulations related to U.S. and international UNOOSA Low Earth Orbit regulatory frameworks relevant to telecommunications, space solar power applications, and human activity. Other topics to be discussed include regulation of orbital debris management and mitigation, Geo-Synchronous Orbit regulatory activity and related licensing regimes, regulation of asteroid mining claims, and space property rights with respect to the Moon, and other Lunar commercial industrialization related activities.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Review emerging trends in space law regulatory activity
  2. Gain an overview of the regulatory frameworks relevant to telecommunications, and space solar power applications
  3. Define commercial space applications
  4. Examine related regulatory schemes, including space property rights with respect to the Moon

Credit Information

This course is pre-approved for CLE credit in the following states. If your state is not listed, contact support for more information on how to receive credit


James Anthony Wolff

Anderson & Anderson LLP

Mr. Wolff is admitted to the Appellate Division, First Department of New York State. He received his undergraduate degree from Johns Hopkins University and his Juris Doctorate from New York Law School. His interests are in corporate law, business development, emerging intellectual property, finance, complex international trade agreements, and arbitration and mediation. He is an Executive board member at-large for the United Nations Association, serving on the Southern District Division of New York committee. In 2016, he spoke on Public Private Partnership trends at the MIT Sloan Business School in Massachusetts.

Mr. Wolff is a startup entrepreneur, developing a corporate portfolio of innovative and cutting edge startup companies in the fields of: cellphone app software, 3D printing technology, home consumer products, commercial space, and more. Mr. Wolff was previously an Autodesk certified drafting specialist working for civil engineering companies as a drafting technician for electrical, mechanical, fire systems, and plumbing design. He is an avid inventor and writer.

His corporate portfolio includes co-founding a mega-scale concrete 3D printer company with the first permit for 3d printed construction in the United States, the co-author of a new provisional patent for metal 3d printing processes as a founding member of Deep Space Industries, a commercial space company developing microgravity 3d printing processes, the co-founder of a food 3D printing company, business director for a cellphone software company, business administrator for recycling can technology startup company.

A crowd funding campaign Mr. Wolff co-developed through D-Shape led to the Rygo Project on the “World’s Largest 3D Printer, D-Shape”, featured in Wired, PC Magazine, Makezine, Design Goodness, and more. Publications from the Wall Street Journal to the San Francisco Chronicle and New York Tech Blog have cited Mr. Wolff.


William D.

Extremely interesting.

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