The USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism hosted a panel in the Gould School of Law Wednesday afternoon to discuss legal policies and actions surrounding space travel.The event was organized by Alex Kaplan, a second year student in the USC Gould School of Law and president of USC’s Space Law Society.Rita Lauria, a professor at Annenberg and the founder of the legal firm Metalaw®.US, Julie Jiru, an attorney at SpaceX and Matthew Schaefer, a professor at the University of Nebraska served as panelists at the discussion on the future of space law as a legal field.Space law is becoming increasingly important as more and more private companies invest in the space travel industry. SpaceX’s goal, for example, is to eventually enable people to live on other planets, according to its website.Though all three panelists spoke on the same subject, each had a different perspective and area of expertise.Jiru discussed the Space Act Agreement, a law that enabled the development of the fledging space transportation industry that exists today. Prior to 2004, collaboration between the government and private space firms was possible but, according to Jiru, was limited by the government’s Federal Acquisition Regulation contracts, which placed too much stress on young space companies.“[A] Federal Acquisition Regulation contract is anywhere from 100 pages to 1000 pages, some are 2000 pages, some are 3000 pages, and it goes on,” Jiru said. “If you’ve worked with a FAR-based contract, you go by the mantra that you are not allowed to launch your launch vehicle unless your contractual paperwork is as heavy as that vehicle that you are trying to lift.”Though legislation around space travel has since changed, companies interested in launching a spacecraft still face many liabilities.“When it comes to third party liability, the current U.S. regime is this: The U.S. government requires the space operator to get insurance up to the maximum probable loss,” Schaeffer said. “The [Federal Aviation Administration] has a way that they calculate through a complex formula.”Schaefer argued that government inaction and indecision, particularly in promising insurance coverage, was creating an unhealthy climate within the space industry.“The government promises to take care of the next $2.7 billion, but it would take an active Congress and an actual appropriation to do it,” Schaeffer said. “Here is the bad thing: Congress has started promising that [amount] for lesser and lesser periods of time. That is tough on the industry for planning purposes.”Exploration · Matthew Schaefer, professor at the University of Nebraska, lectured on the liabilities associated with space travel. – Ralf Cheung | Daily TrojanAnother segment of space law, known as metalaw, looks at framing international law in the event of contact with extraterrestrial intelligent life.“Metalaw seeks to establish a regulatory scheme for outer space that considers the possible existence of other intelligent life and that could be used to help regulate interactions between such possible life forms,” Lauria said.Though metalaw focuses only on possibilities and not actuality, Lauria argued that the speed of technological advances and the slow pace of the legal response necessitated the urgency to speed the process to start considering actuality.Even though the event was specifically about space law, some students saw it as an opportunity to learn more about law in general.“From an undergraduate perspective, this was a good opportunity to get exposure to law, not to mention space law,” said Mabel Tsui, a senior majoring in communication. “Based on the information I have heard, it seems this is a fast-growing area of law.” Follow us on Twitter @dailytrojan
On Sunday, Ngakoue decided to troll his employer amid rumors he is about to be traded to the Eagles. He posted two pictures of former Eagles pass-rusher Trent Cole to his Instagram story and put up a picture of a Philly Cheesesteak with the caption “Need 1. Never had it.” Yannick Ngakoue apparently does not want to be on the Jaguars anymore, and who can blame him?He has watched some of his best defensive teammates leave over the past couple of years — including Jalen Ramsey and Dante Fowler Jr. — and endured a front office that bended league rules to punish its own players. Yannick Ngakoue has continued to post pic.twitter.com/sPm6tK7XTE— Daniel Gallen (@danieljtgallen) March 22, 2020MORE: Darius Slay burns Lions coaching staff on way out of DetroitThe Eagles traded for disgruntled Lions cornerback Darius Slay this past week, giving their defense a huge back-end boost. Their reported interest in Ngakoue indicates a desire to improve their pass rush as well.Ngakoue recorded eight sacks last season and has 37.5 for his career. At just 24, he, in theory, is just entering his prime.
MASON CITY — A Mason City man has been cited for illegal tattooing. The Mason City Police Department says they arrested 20-year-old Ian McIntire on Tuesday, charging him with seven counts of unlawful tattooing of a person under the age of 18 and unlawful operation of a tattoo establishment without a permit. All those charges are misdemeanors. McIntire, who also goes by the nickname of “Breezy”, was also charged with ongoing criminal conduct, a Class B felony. Police say their investigation into McIntire is ongoing, and anyone with further information is encouraged to contact the Mason City Police Department at 421-3636. He’s being held in the Cerro Gordo County Jail on a total of $33,000 bond. The Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health recommends anyone who receives a tattoo from someone who is not licensed should see their physician to be tested for HIV and Hepatitis.
If Manchester United are going to reach the Champions League knockout stages they’re going to have to do it the hard way.After a drab 0-0 draw at home to PSV, the Red Devils know they have to better the Dutch champions’ result against CSKA Moscow when they travel to Wolfsburg in two weeks.In need of a moment of inspiration, Louis van Gaal introduced Marouane Fellaini off the bench in the hopes of forcing a breakthrough.But it backfired, and United fans were quick to blast their manager and team’s performance on a frustrating night at Old Trafford.Some of the best reactions are below: Marouane Fellaini 1 [View the story “‘Spend £250m and resort to lumping it to an ineffectual Fellaini!’” on Storify]