[amsat-bb] Re: Easing of satellite export controls law signed Thursday

Joe Fitzgerald jfitzgerald at alum.wpi.edu
Fri Jan 4 16:16:16 PST 2013

On 1/4/2013 5:20 PM, Trevor . wrote:
> "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."


Here is my view from the perspective of the guy responsible for 
maintaining access control on the project's web server.

These things are never simple ... the provision _allows_ the 
administration to remove satellites from the list, but it will take some 
time to develop specific rules and procedures to _implement_ any 
changes.   For now, satellites are still on the list, so there is no 
practical difference for AMSAT-NA and it's interaction with people who 
are not "US Persons".  The tedious process of verifying eligibility and 
then providing access to controlled mailing list archives, Subversion 
and Git repositories etc must remain in place.

We look forward to the relaxation of the rules so we can work with 
you.   In the mean time, if you know of any US Citizens or Permanent 
Residents who would like to help build a satellite, let us know.  We 
have lots of fun tasks available!

-Joe KM1P

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