Saturday, March 29, 2008

Space Access 2008 - Berin Szoka (via web) on ITAR: Recent Progress, followed by panel discussion

This talk had a different format. Up until this talk all the speakers were in the conference room with us. Berin Szoko gave his talk on ITAR over Skype with the video being displayed up on a screen. ITAR stands for International Traffic in Arms Regulations.

He started off warning us that this is not legal advice. ITAR is a complex legal piece of law.

There are two separate issues: what is controlled and how is the technology controlled.

Launch vehicles and satellites were controlled by different laws.

He gave some history of ITAR. Recently some people in the government have said that the law was too aggressive and needs to be relaxed a bit. Bigelow has formally asked the government to back off on control of all satellites. If Bigelow's request is granted then others may ask for additional changes in ITAR and the ITAR process.

The connection cut out here. Here is last year's talk on ITAR.

They brought him back via the phone. He had the blue screen of death.

He answered a few questions from the audience.

The full agenda

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