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Government May Ease Export Controls on Space Technology

RocketAcademy (2708739) writes | about a year and a half ago

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RocketAcademy writes "After many years of complaints by the space industry, the United States government is finally moving close to reform on space export-control regulations. ITAR (International Traffic in Arms Regulations) was originally intended to control international arms shipments. Unfortunately, ITAR has been applied to space vehicles, satellites, and related technologies that are dual-use or purely civilian in nature.

The Wall Street Journal and other media outlets are reporting that the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act, just passed by the House and awaiting action in the Senate, would reverse some of the harshest changes to ITAR regulations that have been made in recent years.

The news of potential ITAR reform has been greeted enthusiastically by industry groups including the Commercial Space Federation, the Aerospace Industries Association, and the Space Foundation. Notably absent was any statement from the “bad boys of space” at the Space Frontier Foundation, who are busy planning a Welcome Back party for ex-convict Walt Anderson,"

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