New export-control rules issued by the State Department May 13 probably will make it easier for satellite-component manufacturers to comply with International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), but it appears the coming generation of commercial human-spaceflight vehicles will remain on the U.S. munitions list. The long-anticipated rule, which takes effect in 180 days (Nov. 10) offers clear definitions of such terms as “hosted payload” for the first time, and eliminates the ...


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