Subscribe free to our newsletters via your
. 24/7 Space News .

Space Export Control Reform Passes House and Senate
by Staff Writers
Washington DC (SPX) Dec 27, 2012

File image.

Legislation reforming space-related export control has passed the House and the Senate and is expected to be signed by the President. The legislation is included in the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013, under Sec. 1261, Removal of Satellites and Related Items from the United States Munitions List (USML).

The legislation contains restrictions, including prohibitions specific to China, North Korea, and any country that is a state sponsor of terrorism.

The passage of this legislation is significant and brings with it the promise that U.S. universities will be better supported in their mission to prepare the workforce needed to design and deploy the space systems of the future and enable the U.S. to remain a leader in space.

Current law had resulted in unintended, adverse impact on U.S. universities, from classroom teaching to student-built CubeSats. Dr. Frederick Tarantino, USRA President, said, "This new legislation strengthens U.S. national security and helps restore the crucial role of university research and education."

The legislation is consistent with the recommendation by the Departments of Defense and State, which, in consultation with the Department of Commerce and intelligence community, concluded in the Section 1248 Report that "Current law forces the U.S. government to continue to protect commonly available satellites and related items on the USML, thus impeding the U.S. ability to work with partners and putting U.S. manufacturers at a disadvantage, but providing no noticeable benefit to national security."

This action by the Congress follows years of effort by USRA's 105-member-university Council of Institutions to inform members of Congress and Administration officials on how appropriate reform will strengthen our national security, better enable U.S. research innovation, and support U.S. workforce development.

USRA joined with industry, including the Satellite Industry Association and the Commercial Spaceflight Federation, in strongly endorsing the Safeguarding United States Satellite Leadership and Security Act of 2012, sponsored by Sen. Michael Bennet (CO).

USRA also worked with the American Association of Universities (AAU) in bringing to the attention of the Congress and the Administration the chilling effect of current space export control on U.S. universities and U.S. students and the critical need for reform.

Professor Scott Pace, a USRA Trustee and Director of the Space Policy Institute of The George Washington University, said, "This is a long overdue change that restores accountability to the Executive Branch while maintaining Congressional oversight. Both sides of the aisle are to be congratulated for this successful outcome."


Related Links
Universities Space Research Association
The latest information about the Commercial Satellite Industry

Comment on this article via your Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, Hotmail login.

Share this article via these popular social media networks DiggDigg RedditReddit GoogleGoogle

Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News

Loral Continues Corporate Office Restructuring
New York NY (SPX) Dec 19, 2012
Loral Space and Communications Inc. reports that its board of directors has named Avi Katz, 53, to the role of president of the company. Mr. Katz, who replaces Michael Targoff, was formerly the company's senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary. The appointment comes as a result of the previously announced restructuring following last month's sale of the company's man ... read more

Russia designs manned lunar spacecraft

GRAIL Lunar Impact Site Named for Astronaut Sally Ride

NASA probes crash into the moon

No plans of sending an Indian on moon

Curiosity Rover Takes Detailed Self-Portrait on Mars

Russia May Join ExoMars Project in Q1 2013

Working Through the Holidays

Clays on Mars: More Plentiful Than Expected

Satellite highs, suspension lows for Indian space sector in 2012

NASA's Destination Station Exhibit Opens In Mesa, Arizona

NASA Puts Orion Backup Parachutes to the Test

White House to honor scientists, inventors

Mr Xi in Space

China plans manned space launch in 2013: state media

China to launch manned spacecraft

Tiangong 1 Parked And Waiting As Shenzhou 10 Mission Prep Continues

Station Crew Ringing in New Year

Expedition 34 Ready to Ring in New Year

New ISS crew docked at Space Station

Expedition 34 Spends Christmas in Space

Russian rocket launch rescheduled

Investigation into Proton Launch Anomaly Continues as Root Cause is being Evaluated

NASA's Space Launch System Core Stage Passes Major Milestone, Ready to Start Construction

Investigation into Proton Launch Anomaly Continues as Root Cause is being Evaluated

A stray planet

Spiral Structure of Disk May Reveal Planets

Closest sun-like star may have planets

Nearby star is good candidate for Earth-like planets

Thai 'scavengers club' turns trash to treasure

Malaysia convoy in Australia rare earth plant protest

All Systems Go for Highest Altitude Supercomputer

Foam's Future Seen in Space and Industry

The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2014 - Space Media Network. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement