When communications satellites were included in the U.S. Munitions List, the State Department’s list of defense articles subject to extensive International Traffic and Arms Regulations (ITAR), “a lot of foreign parties were not interested in talking to American companies because of the regulatory hurdles they would have to go through,” said Fred Shaheen, Boeing’s chief council for global trade controls. Credit: SpaceNews
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Launch of Iridium's second-generation constellation will start on Sept. 19 aboard SpaceX Falcon 9 rockets, a week later than planned, with the second launch automatically pushed to late December. Credit: Iridium
Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center Credit: CNSA
Apstar-6C satellite will be launched in 2018 aboard a Long March 3B rocket (above). Credit: Xinhua
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