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Space: A Vaccum Blind Justice

Technology advancement and curiosity have the capacity to explore and survive which is one of the advantage mirrors for a species to survive as what it is gifted to human beings.

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After the launch of the first satellite in space or we can say in the terminology of geography as geo orbital station, there are plenty of advantages of this satellite that we all know as globally every state is on the marathon to raise their flag in outer space. geo orbits to gain their hegemony as well as economic strength, there is an issue regarding law which is addressed unipolar due to lack of diplomatic talks, sharing of technology, and filing patents and the issue is there is no specific law in India that address space debris culture and if it has been framed then its liability may be considered as an act of god, or solar magnetic radiation due to which it dilutes the contract agreement and beneficiary institutes like ISRO, NASA, European Union or any private large tech bless themselves to run away from any kind of liability that has to be paid to citizens for their personal or private loss.

Before going ahead it is to be mentioned that space debris means that every satellite had its life span orbiting the earth and if they for any reason fails to respond due to magnetic radiation or human error it floats like a vacuum and has the ability to crash with another satellite which breaks into millions of pieces and continue to float in outer space. Their chances to hit earth's plateau is possible but they mainly burn into ashes due to atmospheric layers resistance. but the issue is if they are collected at a huge amount it wouldn't be burnt altogether and have the ability to dismantle property and personal life.

According to the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), which keeps a record of the operational satellites, there are 6,542 satellites, out of which 3,372 satellites are active and 3,170 satellites are inactive, as recorded by 1st January 2021.

There are some international laws that has been framed by observing this issue and also known as Magna carta of space laws, the outer space treaty was signed in the fall of 1967 and gave away for international consensus stipulating that the outer celestial bodies would be only used for peaceful purpose and prevents any kind of military objective. One of the most interesting fact is it is signed by 105 countries and is also dubbed as the constitution of space.
  • The aim and objective is quite utopic in nature as like the exploration and use of outer space shall be carried out for the benefit and in the interests of all countries and shall be the province of all mankind;
  • outer space shall be free for exploration and use by all States;
  • outer space is not subject to national appropriation by claim of sovereignty, by means of use or occupation, or by any other means;
  • States shall not place nuclear weapons or other weapons of mass destruction in orbit or on celestial bodies or station them in outer space in any other manner;
  • the Moon and other celestial bodies shall be used exclusively for peaceful purposes;
  • astronauts shall be regarded as the envoys of mankind;
  • States shall be responsible for national space activities whether carried out by governmental or non-governmental entities;
  • States shall be liable for damage caused by their space objects; and
  • States shall avoid harmful contamination of space and celestial bodies

As INDIA is a member of this treaty so it is shall be the responsibility of the governing institution to frame laws, flatter amendments, and take this talk and rules for outgoing international events.

As per article 2 of this treaty outer space is not subject to national appropriation by claim of sovereignty, and this is what I find the loopholes that can be used by international, regional bodies to run away from liability as it contradicts from prevention of liability act like if an accident happened and for an example its hits northern parts of the INDIA and for example, there is a loss of personal liberty, life property, etc then compensation may be provided by the public sector and I am again using the word may and it doesn't make negative or aggregate absolute liability then that specific institution can run away from paying the liability by saying that we doesn't have any sovereign liability in the outer space so on which grounds may the state is demanding for grants until and unless it shall be presumed as Bhopal gas tragedy or an air crash where territory and laws are well framed to haunt the is other specific perfidious nature of diplomats, lawyers, and scholars to help them out for paying liabilities and it may be justified somewhere isn't it?

So, in that case, the case would be transferred to international treaty legislation tribunals and inquiry would be conducted another issue is territorial jurisdiction coverage which is quite narrower globally. this would all lead to the violation of Articles 14,19,21 and 32 of the Indian constitution which is the basic structure of the nation itself.

The second issue is about a law that is needed to be framed regionally, but it had already been framed on international grounds but the perspective is "if we want to fight we will fight no matter if god comes in the form of peaceful treaty or foolish diplomats" actually this quote is framed by myself only so nothing to feel anxious. So let's back to the issue and that is BOGOTO Declaration.

Actually when a satellite is deployed on geosynchronous orbit then no member state as per the outer space treaty is allowed to claim aggregate sovereignty and jurisdiction but, when due to technology like using thrusters and vacuum a satellite can be stationed on a specific latitude and longitude so they are stationed and this is a loophole that if they go through this technique so they can target any specific state in case of personal loss or property and can run away from liabilities so to handle this Bogota declaration was framed but the point is this declaration can be assumed as a happiness card like okay for a moment my satellite cannot be stationed at a specific latitude and on the other it cannot have any territorial claim so if an accident happens due to debris then who will the firm pay???? And the answer is hmm let you think about the same.

Let's give you some facts that how many of the satellite is active as of the year 2022
  • Total number of operating satellites: 4,852
  • United States: 2,944 Russia: 16 9China: 499 Other: 1,240
So it's the united states that have wider and on the other hand, it is one of the flexible and mendacious states that frame the majority of the treaties and international agreements so it may happen that a cow owner wouldn't feed nutrition that may be harmful to its interest.

Let's come to INDIA we have the Indian contract act,1872 and there are various principles that infuse a contract to be null, void unlawful, and illogical but it doesn't apply to the international agreement and it is reasonable but we can frame the laws similar to counter any loopholes so in future we only don't pay for the loss overall.

There are more than 3,000 dead satellites and rocket stages currently floating in space, and up to 900,000 pieces of space junk ranging from 1 to 10 centimeters in size - all large enough to be a collision hazard and a potential cause for disruption to live missions. According to the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA), with space traffic increasing, the number of in-space collisions is expected to rise.

The second case is In 2009, two satellites - one Russian, one American - collided over Siberia, breaking into hundreds of pieces of debris. That followed an incident in 2007 in which China destroyed one of its older weather satellites as part of an anti-satellite test, leaving around 2,500 pieces of debris in the Earth's orbit.

Presently India didn't violate any law regarding the same but judicial activism, researchers, diplomats, elites, law scholars and a committee shall be framed in the future or whenever needed to frame a regional resistance policy while taking the Indian institute of technology in a wider perspective. According to ISRO India has launched almost 343 satellites and just think about the liability and curiosity of finding loopholes similar to me and interpretation is done on wider platforms.

That's the end of this article and also confined space a vacuum blind justice because justice is blind and we have the potential to bring pieces of evidence that it's all yours, not mine.

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