Elon Musk s SpaceX made waves by announcing in late April that it planned to field a Mars mission by 2018.
While it s fairly clear on exploratory issues, it s much less clear on exoplanetary settlements and exploitation of resources.
The U.S. Government is working through the issues raised by SpaceX s planned mission, Motherboard reports.
Such an agreement is vital, considering Article VI of the treaty states that signees shall bear international responsibility for national activities in outer space, including the moon and other celestial bodies, whether such activities are carried on by governmental agencies or by nongovernmental entities, and that the signee governments require authorization and continuing supervision by the appropriate State Party to the Treaty.
This likely means whatever shape SpaceX s mission does take in the end, it will likely be in some form of a public-private partnership to ensure the company is within the limits of international law.
This might be the most important part of the two entities work together, considering Musk s ultimate goal is a permanent settlement on Mars spearheaded by SpaceX itself.