The U.S. State Department has revised an export control rule to clarify that spacecraft and their thrusters should not be classified as rocket engines, as some companies have been doing.
Four years after the Obama administration began loosening rules on space technology exports, companies experiencing the benefits are looking to the Trump administration for further regulatory relief.
The federal government is taking more space-related items off of the most restrictive export control list, although some in industry believe the changes don’t go far enough.
NASA has taken offline technical reports associated with a cutting-edge technology program out of concerns of a possible export control breach, an agency official said Aug. 24.
Mobile satellite services provider Iridium Communications on June 14 said the launch of the first 10 second-generation Iridium Next satellites had slipped by another month, to Sept. 12 at the earliest, because of bottlenecks at the Vandenberg Air Force Base spaceport.
The U.S. government policy prohibiting even the most banal U.S.-built widget from being launched aboard Chinese rockets may seem like yesterday’s news in Washington, but it is still a live issue in Europe.
China’s rocket manufacturer is designing a rocket that would be exported to skirt the ban on U.S. satellite technology exports to China.
The Brazilian government, which is determined to move from a buyer of technology to a producer of commercial high-technology products is multiplying bilateral agreements around the world with one major exception: the United States.
Members of an industry group that advises the U.S. government on commercial space matters are in broad agreement that export restrictions on commercial human spacecraft should be eased, but sharply disagreed at a recent meeting on how to seek those changes.
“The self-imposed trade embargo on U.S. satellites has basically been lifted,” said Kevin Wolf, assistant secretary at the Commerce Department’s Export Administration Bureau of Industry and Security. “There has been a radical reduction to the regulatory burden.”