Eight years after reforms, ITAR export restrictions are back as a problem for U.S. NewSpace companies

by Peter B. de Selding

MOUNTAIN VIEW, California — It has been eight years since U.S. technology-export regulations were reformed to cease classifying commercial communications satellites as weapons and facilitating their export.

But since the 2014 reforms, ITAR restrictions have slipped back into the commercial satellite sector with each new technology advance. It can take the government years to conclude that technology it restricts has become freely available elsewhere, meaning the U.S. laws serve only to undermine U.S. business.

These battles have occurred for decades -- with respect to optical . . .

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