U.S. Congress deals blow to commercial satellite launches on Russian Proton, Soyuz rockets, but delays it to 2023

by Peter B. de Selding

LONDON — The commercial satellite industry dodged a bullet on Nov. 9 when the U.S. Congress stopped just short of barring U.S. Defense Department purchases of services from satellites launched on Russian rockets.

Instead, a compromise between the more-aggressive U.S. House version and the Senate version, which contained no such ban, ended up with the restriction still in place, but not taking effect until Dec. 31, 2022.

“We now have five years to act, and in that time there is reason to hope we can get . . .

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