The Outer Space Treaty: Assessing Its Relevance at The 50-Year Mark

James Vedda
The Aerospace Corporation

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Outer Space Treaty. Many have suggested updating the treaty to reflect changes in technologies and circumstances; however, the potential benefits of revision must be weighed against the potential risks. This paper examines the provisions that might be targeted for revision and discusses the challenges of addressing them through the treaty’s amendment process.