Virgin Orbit says its light footprint enables it to launch outside the US without ITAR tech-export issues

by Amy Svitak

WASHINGTON -- Small-satellite launch startup Virgin Orbit said its plans to use spaceports in Japan and Britain will not be stymied by U.S. export regulations because the launches will not involve the transfer of American technology, according to a company official.

“In terms of the regulatory side of this, we will need to go through certain channels to enable taking our system over there, but there will be no export of U.S. technology,” said John Fuller, advanced concepts director at Virgin Orbit.

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