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State Dept Unveils Spacecraft, Satellite Export Regulation Changes

Surface Water and Ocean Topography spacecraftCommunication satellites without classified components and some types of remote sensing satellites have moved to the Commerce Department‘s Commerce Control List under new regulations the State Department published Tuesday.

The State Department said it sought to move most types of commercial, scientific and civil satellites and their parts and components from its U.S. Munitions List to the Commerce Department’s CCL list.

Spacecraft parts, components, accessories, attachments, equipment and systems not specifically identified in the revised category; and most radiation-hardened microelectronic microcircuits also moved from the Munitions List to the Commerce Control List.

Additionally, the government intends for the shift in policy to give the U.S. greater ability to host payloads on commercial satellites.

The new rules on radiation-hardened microelectronic microcircuits will take effect in 45 days and the other changes will take effect in 180 days.

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