According to the United Nations and signed by 132 countries:
“The exploration and use of outer space, including the moon and other celestial bodies, shall be carried out for the benefit and in the interests of all countries, irrespective of their degree of economic or scientific development, and shall be the province of all mankind.” (Article I, The Outer Space Treaty 1967)
With the advent of Blockchain, peer-to-peer, immutable ledgers we have the ability to democratise and track claims, which will ensure individuals the validity of their claim.
Asteroid has devised a clever system using “smart contracts” called a BlockClaim™ that will record each claim. This is much the same way that we as individuals “claim” a dot.com for our use. A BlockClaim™ will register an immutable record to ensure your claim.
“The question of who owns space, whether it is everybody or nobody, is one that is
increasingly coming to the fore.” ( https://phys.org/news/2014-10-space.html )
By way of comparison, no one actually owns the Internet, and no single person or organisation controls the Internet in its entirety. The Internet is more of a concept than an actual tangible entity, and it relies on a physical infrastructure that connects networks to other networks. There are, however, organisations that oversee and standardise what happens on the Internet and assign IP addresses and domain names, most notably, ICANN.
Surprisingly, ICANN is a private corporation, non-government entity. In much the same way a similar system is necessary to track “asteroid claims” like we presently register a dot.com.
A BlockClaim™ provides everyone an opportunity to
become part of “Space, the Final Frontier”.