Brooklyn Journal of International Law

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The exploration of space via manned and unmanned missions has been almost constant since the mid-20th century. With developing technology and the advent of private actors in space travel, the emerging problem of space traffic requires some form of guidelines in order to prevent collisions and continue the peaceful use of space. Space Traffic Management is an emerging field with new theories still being posited. This Note examines the ways in which maritime Collision Regulations (COLREGs) can be used as a guideline to create infrastructure for the control of traffic in space, regarding both satellites and general space debris. This Note argues that COLREGs are the most easily transposable earthbound regulations to adopt in future space traffic legislation.