A congressional move to shut down the use of Chinese launch services by overseas satellite manufacturers threatens to heighten latent tensions between the U.S. and Europe. The apparent target of the proposal is Thales Alenia Space, a Thales-Finmeccanica joint venture, which has had growing success marketing telecom satellites that have no major U.S. components, therefore freeing them from Washington’s International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR). This allows the company to launch the ...


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