Has U.S. satellite export reform worked? Three years on, the answer is: Yes, but…

by Peter B. de Selding

WASHINGTON — Walk into a commercial space conference and mention ITAR. People still jump.

More than three years after the U.S. government removed most commercial satellite technology from the U.S. Munitions List (USML) and gave licensing authority to the U.S. Commerce Department, the International Traffic in Arms Regime remains a cause of anxiety.

The Export Control Reform (ECR) of 2014 did not affect anything relating to China or touch export controls governing launch vehicles. And some satellite and ground segment hardware is still classed as military despite . . .

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