Latest News

U.S. Government Eases Export Restrictions on Indian Space Agencies, Businesses

By Jeffrey Hill | January 26, 2011

      [Satellite TODAY Insider 01-26-11] The Obama Administration has eased export restrictions on Indian space agencies and divisions, including the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) and the Indian Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO), U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke announced in a federal notification issued Jan. 25.
          The removal of the Indian space agency divisions eliminates extra license requirements for the entities under U.S. Export Administration Regulations (EAR) and results in the removed companies falling under general export licensing processes.
         “Today’s action marks a significant milestone in reinforcing the U.S.-India strategic partnership and moving forward with export control reforms that will facilitate high technology trade and cooperation,” Locke said in the notification.
          The entities removed from the list include: Bharat Dynamics; four divisions of the DRDO; India’s Armament Research and Development Establishment; India’s Defense Research and Development Lab; the Indian Missile Research and Development Complex; Solid State Physics Laboratory; four ISRO subordinates; the Sriharikota Space Center; and the Vikram Sarabhai Space Center.
          An industry official who asked not to be named told Satellite TODAY Insider that this was one of the main objectives of a recent U.S. trade delegation led by secretary Locke to New Delhi, Bangalore and Mumbai. “This is a big step forward, and is the result of continuous negotiations between President Obama and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. We will hopefully see more of these actions as the new U.S. space policy continues to take shape,” the official said.

      Related Stories-

      Commercial Satellite Sector Sees Upside to New Space Policy Hopeful of ITAR Reform, Greater Stake in U.S. Roadmap for Space
         Via Satellite   January 1, 2011
      The Obama Administration s new space policy brings an increased emphasis to the commercial satellite industry as a key player in the future space roadmap. Specifically, the policy calls on government space-based agencies to look first to…

      Year in Review: U.S. Satellite Industry Sees New Political Landscape in 2011    Satellite News   December 20, 2010
      [Satellite News 12-20-10] The U.S. satellite industry enters a completely new political atmosphere in 2011, shaped not only by the elections this past November, but also by substantial policy changes over the past 12 months. U.S. government…

      U.S. Munitions List Review Breathes New Life into Export Control Debate
          Satellite News   August 30, 2010
      [Satellite News 08-30-10] The Obama administration has completed a Category 7 U.S. Munitions List review of tanks and military vehicles, which determined that about 74 percent of the 12,000 military items licensed last year could have been…