Outer Space Institute

Who we are

The Outer Space Institute (OSI) is a network of world-leading space experts united by their commitment to highly innovative, transdisciplinary research that addresses grand challenges facing the continued use and exploration of space. Comprised of physical scientists, social scientists, lawyers, engineers, industry leaders, and policy makers, there is no other body like it anywhere. The transdisciplinary approach enables the OSI to identify challenges, opportunities, and solutions that have been overlooked by other groups. By breaking down barriers that prevent people in different fields from working together, the OSI is able to further challenge assumptions that are often taken for granted in building public policy.

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Who Owns Outer Space? wins the 2023 Donner Prize

Who Owns Outer Space? International Law, Astrophysics, and the Sustainable Development of Space, by OSI co-directors Michael Byers and Aaron Boley, has been awarded the 2023 Donner Prize for best public policy book by a Canadian.

OSI response to NASA’s Office of Technology, Policy, and Strategy (OTPS) Lunar Non-Interference Questionnaire

June 7, 2024.

A response prepared by OSI Fellows and Junior Fellows to a May 2024 Lunar Non-Interference Questionnaire developed by NASA’s Office of Technology, Policy, and Strategy (OTPS). This processes intends to survey the lunar community to “inform the development of a framework for further work on non-interference of lunar activities.”

Sask. farmer finds space junk in his field

May 14, 2024.

Sam Lawler discusses a recent discovery of space debris in Ituna, Saskatchewan. CBC.



Outer Space Institute

Outer Space Institute
The University of British Columbia
225-6224 Agricultural Rd.
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1


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