SES, Intelsat Asking Lawmakers to RethinkÂ Launch Ban on China, India Space News
The world’s two largest commercial satellite fleet operators, Intelsat and SES, have joined forces to try to persuade Washington policymakers that China and India should be permitted to launch U.S. commercial satellites, according to officials from both companies.
The two companies have secured the full support, if not the active involvement, of the largest U.S. builder of commercial telecommunications spacecraft, Space Systems/Loral, said Patrick DeWitt, Loral’s president.
Commercial Spaceflights May Be Restricted Aviation Week
The way U.S. export controls work for space technologies could prevent commercial space operators from taking non-U.S. citizens on spaceflights, and the industry is urging reform of the system to prevent U.S. companies from being overtaken by foreign competitors.
Quality Control, Transparency Push ESA to ITAR-Free Products Space News
The European Space Agency (ESA) is gradually moving toward an ITAR-free posture for sensitive satellite components for reasons having as much to do with quality control as with the larger goal of achieving autonomy in space technologies, ESA and European industry officials said.
The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) is pleased to announce that representatives from Virgin Galactic, SpaceX, and Bigelow Aerospace, will come together on April 29 at 1:00 p.m. in the Thornton Room of the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill, to discuss the impact of U.S. export controls on the American entrepreneurial space sector along with government experts.
In December 2007 one of those mammals, a company called Bigelow Aerospace, filed the first legal challenge to Americaâ€™s rules for exporting space technology. It disputed the governmentâ€™s claim that foreign passengers travelling on a spaceship or space station were involved in a transfer of technology. The outcome suggests that there may be a chink in the armour of the export-controls regime.
Satellite export control rules are hampering U.S. national security and economic interests, and must be updated to protect the U.S. space industrial base, Aerospace Industries Association President and CEO Marion Blakey said Thursday in written testimony before the House Foreign Affairs Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Trade Subcommittee.
The battle over U.S. export restrictions and access to Chinese launcher has heated up as different players expressed opposing views on the issue this week. Space Newsreports:
Chief executives of the four largest commercial fixed satellite services operators argued today that China should be permitted to launch U.S.-built commercial satellites, saying it would make the global commercial market more healthy and would also permit U.S. industry to better compete for satellite manufacturing awards.
Peter J. Brown has a lengthy analysis of Eutelsat’s decision to launch a satellite aboard a Chinese Long March rocket and the prospects for export reform in the United States over at Asia Times. It’s a good read.
In testimony delivered during a recent Capitol Hill hearing organized by the Aerospace States Association (ASA), Dr. Thomas H. Zurbuchen, Professor of Space Science and Aerospace Engineering at the University of Michigan and Vice Chair of the Universities Space Research Association’s (USRA) 102 member Council of Institutions, urged action on two pressing issues affecting space-related research at US universities and our nation’s ability to remain a leader in space.
Why China Will Launch More of the World’s Satellites Time
News this week that China has secured its first launch contract with a major Western satellite operator in more than a decade comes as a major boost for Beijing, which wants a bigger chunk of the world’s bustling satellite launch business. Paris-based communications satellite operator Eutelsat would not comment on a Feb. 23 Wall Street Journal report that the company had finalized a deal to launch a satellite aboard a Chinese Long March rocket sometime in 2010. If true, the launch will mark a major leap forward for China’s space program.
During the House Committee on Science and Technology’s hearings on export reforms on Wednesday, California Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) issued an attack on Eutelsat for its decision to launch its communications satellites on Chinese Long March rockets. This is something that is forbidden to American satellite owners under export laws.