Space Foundation applauds changes to defense act

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Before the holiday break, the House of Representatives passed a bill that will change export regulations for defense and aerospace companies.

“For years, we have watched the U.S. lose ground against global competitors because of the largely unintentional consequences of onerous regulations on space technology for export,” said Elliot Pulham, CEO of the Space Foundation. “Now, thanks to the hard work of a number of individuals – most especially Sen. Micheal Bennett and Sen. Mark Udall – our nation may soon be able to once again vigorously compete in an industry we helped invent.”

The language in the FY 2013 National Defense Authorization Act gives the Obama administration discretion to transfer certain less sensitive satellites and satellite components from the restrictive United States Munitions List to the less restrict Commerce Control List, essentially allowing U.S. space business to sell more space products and services outside the United States.

“While this achievement has been a long time coming, important steps remain in order to implement this change. We look forward to working with the administration in 2013 to ensure American Space competitiveness is maximized while keeping sensitive tecnologies out of the wrong hands,” said Pulham.

The Defense Authorization Act now needs to be passed by the Senate and signed into law by the President.