Globalizing small-satellite supply chain makes US ITAR regulations less relevant, to China’s delight

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — The proliferation of satellite technology and the advent of small satellites performing a wide range of missions offer a commercial opening to China that the country’s booming space sector hopes to seize.

The U.S. ITAR — International Traffic in Arms Regulations — designed to slow China’s rocket development by banning exports of U.S. satellite parts to China have failed completely in its original primary task, thanks to strong Chinese domestic demand for satellite launches. 

But ITAR did stunt China’s growth as an exporter of launch . . .

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