Space Technology

New possibilities

Print edition : July 11, 2014

The draft new Category XV of the U.S. Munitions List retains "man-rated suborbital" spacecraft. U.S. space companies such as Virgin Galactic and XCOR Aerospace already have plans to commercially exploit such spacecraft, but this may be difficult if they are in the USML. The picture shows Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo on its maiden flight in March 2010 over California's Mojave desert. The rocket plane is shown attached to the White Knight Two carrier airplane. Photo: Mark Greenberg/AP

India's Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle on February 25, 2013, when it launched the Indo-French satellite SARAL and six commercial payloads from Austria, Britain, Canada and Denmark. ISRO's prospects of launching U.S.-made satellites are remote because of the ITAR controls that apply to satellite launches outside the U.S. Photo: K. RAVI KUMAR

The U.S. government has eased its export controls on commercial satellites and components, which could open up fresh opportunities for ISRO.
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