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New Russian Sanctions Include Commercial Space Launch Activities

Export applications to face presumption of denial beginning September 1, 2021

WASHINGTON (Commerce Department PR) — On March 1, 2021, the Secretary of State determined pursuant to the Chemical and Biological Weapons Control and Warfare Elimination Act of 1991 that the Government of Russia used chemical weapons in violation of international law or lethal chemical weapons against its own nationals.

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  • April 13, 2021
AIA Policy Recommendations for Improving U.S. Space Competitiveness

Engine for Growth:
Analysis and Recommendations for U.S. Space Industry Competitiveness

Aerospace Industries Association
May 2017
[Full Report]

Policy Recommendations
for Strengthening U.S. Space Competitiveness

1. Level the Playing Field

Provide a responsive regulatory environment for commercial space activities. The list of commercial space activities is varied and growing, ranging from traditional applications such as satellite telecommunications to emerging ones like space resource utilization. At the same time, the U.S. space industry is governed by multiple federal agencies with disparate regulatory interests, including the Federal Communications Commission, the Federal Aviation Administration and Departments of State and Commerce. These agencies often suffer from funding and staffi ng shortages, a situation that creates bottlenecks in licensing processes and slows responsiveness to technological and market changes. The new Administration should work closely with Congress to ensure that the appropriate space regulatory agencies are fully resourced and staffed.

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  • May 4, 2017
Virgin Galactic Hires DC Lobbying Firm

Here’s a brief item from Suborbital spaceflight provider Virgin Galactic is bringing on Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies to lobby on issues related to Export-Import Bank financing and export control of suborbital spaceflight. Virgin Galactic is a company within Richard Branson’s Virgin Group, dedicated to the future of the space tourism industry. Howard Schweitzer, a former general counsel for Export-Import Bank, will lobby for Cozen O’Connor. Virgin Galactic hasn’t had […]

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  • January 21, 2014
AIA: Satellite Export Rules Have Cost $20.8 Billion, Quarter Million Jobs

Taken from "Competing for Space: Satellite Export Policy and U.S. National Security," published by Aerospace Industries Association, January 2012

The United States’ restrictive export laws have devastated the nation’s satellite manufacturing industry, resulting in a loss of $20.8 billion in revenues and nearly 28,000 jobs annually over a 10-year period, according to a new report published by the Aerospace Industries Association. The U.S. share of world satellite manufacturing revenue has dropped from 63 percent to about 30 percent.


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  • February 12, 2012
AIA, SIA Hail House Bill to Remove Satellites From ITAR List

SIA and AIA PR — SIA and AIA welcome a proposed amendment to H.R. 1540, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012, that would authorize the president to remove satellites and related components from the U.S. Munitions List, subject to certain restrictions and congressional oversight.

More than a decade ago, Congress passed legislation that required all commercial satellites, satellite components, associated technical data and related ground equipment to be treated as “munitions” for export licensing purposes. SIA and AIA have long encouraged Congress to adopt legislation that would allow the executive branch to determine the appropriate export licensing policy for commercial satellites and related items, just as it does for all other technologies that are subject to U.S. export licensing.

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  • May 27, 2011
Satellites Could be Removed From ITAR List

Officials in Washington are moving forward with reforming the nation’s restrictive export laws, which have been blamed for costing U.S. companies business overseas while building up competition abroad.

Rep. C. A. “Dutch” Ruppersberger (D-MD) has introduced the “Strengthening America’s Satellite Industry Act” that would allow most satellites and related components to be removed from United States Munitions List.


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  • May 11, 2011