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Submission + - XCOR COO warns that proposed State Department rule could cripple space tourism (examiner.com)

MarkWhittington writes: Andrew Nelson, the chief operating officer of XCOR Aerospace, a company that proposes to take paying customers on suborbital jaunts on its Lynx rocket plane, posted some good news/bad news concerning some proposed rule changes from the State Department on June 3, 2013. On the good news side, the Department of State has proposed in a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that would move satellites from the Department of Defense’s Munitions list, where they have been since 1999, to the Department of Commerce’s commerce control list.On the bad news side, the State Department proposes to place commercial manned space craft on the DOD munitions list, making it very difficult if not impossible to fly them outside the United States.
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XCOR COO warns that proposed State Department rule could cripple space tourism

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