Artist’s concept of a Boeing 702HP communications satellite. Credit: Boeing

Obama signs law easing satellite export controls

Posted: January 3, 2013

President Barack Obama on Thursday signed legislation allowing the White House to remove satellite technology from a list of export-controlled munitions and other military-grade components, clearing a competitive hurdle for U.S. satellite manufacturers in the global marketplace.

The provision permits the Obama administration to remove satellites and related equipment from the U.S. State Department’s munitions list, which restricts the weapons material from export to other countries.

With President Obama’s approval, satellites and their components could be moved to a list managed by the U.S. Commerce Department, giving manufacturers more flexibility to export the hardware. The technologies on the Commerce Department list are identified for use by military and civilian programs.

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