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SpaceX's Dragon Capsule in Orbit, Shutterstock

Elon Musk’s SpaceX has successfully touched down the first manned space mission to be operated by a commercial space enterprise.

The success of the mission poses questions about the potential limits of International law to regulate this new economic frontier and the scientific impact of commercialising space.

As the industry becomes more heavily privatised the ability of space law to manage competing military, scientific and peace keeping interests may be stretched.

 

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