Orbit isnt infinity, but its above national airspace. That precedent was set with Sputnik. Its what allows spy satellites to fly without being shot down. Its a pointless question. If a woman bears a child in orbit, its citizenship would be based on hers, unless it was aboard a sovereign facility of some sort (ISS wouldnt count as US territory, due to its international nature).
You can orbit at any altitude in a thought experiment, which is what this is. Nitpicking about the irrelevant parameters of the thought experiment is just dodging the question. For those of you who simply cannot get beyond forcing an idea into a real world scenario, just think of it as a plane flying over the country in route to another country.
posted on 08/31/2011 10:41:26 AM PDT
(1790 Congress: No children of a foreign father may be a citizen.)
just think of it as a plane flying over the country in route to another country.
There is nothing intrinsic about being in national airspace that would confer citizenship on a child born in an airplane, either. For instance, if it were an Air France flight, the interior of the aircraft would be French territory. The woman wouldn't enter the US until she landed there and cleared customs.
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