Down to Earth: Satellite Technologies, Industries, and by Lisa Parks, James Schwoch

By Lisa Parks, James Schwoch

Down to Earth provides the 1st entire review of the geopolitical maneuvers, monetary investments, technological strategies, and ideological struggles that happen backstage of the satellite tv for pc undefined. satellite tv for pc tasks that experience no longer acquired broad coverage—microsatellites in China, WorldSpace in South Africa, SiriusXM, the disasters of united states 193 and Cosmos 954, and Iridium—are explored. This assortment takes readers on a voyage via a very worldwide undefined, from the websites the place satellites are introduced to the company fresh rooms the place they're designed, and alongside the orbits and paths that satellites traverse. Combining a pragmatic creation to the mechanics of the satellite tv for pc undefined, a background of the way its practices and applied sciences have developed, and a cosmopolitan theoretical research of satellite tv for pc cultures, Down to Earth opens up a brand new area for worldwide media studies.

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14 Andrew Haley, Space Law & Government (New York: Appleton-Century-Crofts, 1963), vii. 15 David Harvey, The Condition of Postmodernity (New York: Blackwell, 1990). : MIT Press, 1948). 17 James Clerk Maxwell, “On Governors,” Procedures of the Royal Society 16 (London, 1868): 270–283, cited in Norbert Wiener, Cybernetics, 2nd ed. : MIT Press, 1961), 11–12. 18 Tiziana Terranova, Network Cultures: Politics for the Information Age (London: Pluto Press, 2004), 42. : MIT Press, 2004). html. 21 Mosco, Digital Sublime; Francis Fukuyama, The End of History and the Last Man (New York: Free Press, 1992).

From the earliest legal statements about air space as a space of freedoms and rules, the problem of calculating and standardizing the vertical limits of national and territorial sovereignty was grounded in laws concerning the protection of “private property” or privacy. The first seminal essay on air space in the twentieth century, M. 11 Nascent in these discussions about the rights and security of property owners was another serious question: what constituted ethereal property? If air space could be owned and legislated using maritime law or the laws regarding land rights (that is, landowners could do anything above their property that they wanted), then deciding how to measure and standardize the vertical limits of sovereignty became crucial.

The nation-states most concerned about regulating the freedoms of air space were those most invested in the technologies of flight. They were also the bastions of liberal government. Even though the rapid proliferation of meetings, pacts, and legislation about air space at the beginning of the twentieth century represented a formal and methodical consideration of air space, they often argued that the air (even in the “remotest” bastions and colonies of Western, liberal government) could not be rationally organized and managed, in part because the government of the earth/land provided little scientific or juridical precedent or certainty.

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