Science & Technology


June 19, 2023

#31: Satellites & Statutes: How Law Keeps Pace with Space Exploration (feat. Ingo Baumann, NewSpace Lawyer)

In this episode, our hosts sit down with a pioneering figure in the space legal sector who transitioned from telecom law to finding his place among the stars. Discover how a canceled internship and a rapid pivot led Dr. Baumann to Eutelsat, one of the leading players in satellite broadcasting, before journeying into the heart of the Cologne Institute of Air and Space Law.

Following his academic foray, our Dr. Baumann found himself serving as a crucial part of the German Aerospace Center (DLR), first as an internal lawyer managing small projects before transitioning to the big leagues - working on major endeavors like Galileo and Copernicus. Listen as he recounts his decision to strike out on his own, developing a law firm with an out-of-this-world business plan that garnered an award and sprouted from the roots of his work at the DLR.

Dr. Baumann delves into the intricacies of space law, dissecting the core treaties, national laws, and evolving technologies that present new legal challenges. He touches on historical moments that influenced space law, such as the Sputnik launch and the space race, while dissecting major treaties that have set the stage for current day regulations. Finally, we discuss the surprising and not-so-surprising developments in the NewSpace ecosystem, from the rise of SpaceX to the ease of startup funding, and reflect on the immense progress and potential the future holds for the commercial space industry.

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