UK spaceport debate wades into unpleasant ITAR territory

by Peter B. de Selding

Britain's debate over a domestic spaceport usually avoids uncomfortable topics like the U.S. International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), which treats rocket technology as a weapon subject to strict export limitations. France has its own set of limits. Credit: LinkedIn


PARIS — The British Parliament’s review of legislation to facilitate, but not necessarily finance, a domestic space-launch capability on April 19 took a rare peak at the elephant in the room: ITAR.

U.S. technology-transfer restrictions relating to launch vehicles under the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) has always been an uncomfortable . . .

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