The Outer Space Institute

For the sustainable development of space

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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Michael Byers and Aaron Boley awarded Certificate of Merit for Who Owns Outer Space

At a ceremony in Washington, DC, on April 4, 2024, the American Society of International Law awarded Michael Byers and Aaron Boley a Certificate of Merit for their book Who Owns Outer Space? International Law, Astrophysics, and the Sustainable Development of Space.

Sustainable Skies and the Earth-Space Environment

Andrew Williams, Aaron Boley, Giuliana Rotola, Richard Green.

Nature Sustainability volume 7, pages 228–231 (2024).

A Sky Full of Stars, Constellations, Satellites and More!Legal Issues for a ‘Darkʼ Sky

Steve Freeland and Anne-Sophie Martin.

Oslo Law Review. April 3, 2024



The Outer Space Institute

The Outer Space Institute
The University of British Columbia
325-6224 Agricultural Rd.
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1


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