UN / Brazil Basic Space Technology Symposium 2018

The Basic Space Technology Initiative (BSTI) Symposium that will be held in Natal, Brazil, from 11 to 14 September 2018 with the theme of "Creating Novel Opportunities with Small Satellite Space Missions". We would like to kindly ask you to visit the Symposium web page through the link provided below, and use the “Apply Now” link to submit your application through our registration system.

http://www.unoosa.org/oosa/en/ourwork/psa/schedule/2018/symposium_brazil_bsti.html

Please kindly note that the application deadline is 15 May 2018 for applicants seeking funding support and 1 August 2018 for self-funded applicants. Thank you in advance for your interest and support.

Congressional Legislation to Remove Satellites from ITAR

The House of Representatives in the U.S. Senate recently passed a bill, H.R. 3288, with a clause to remove ITAR restrictions on commercial satellites. The specific wording for the purpose of the bill:

"To authorize the President to remove commercial satellites and related components from the United States Munitions List subject to certain restrictions, and for other purposes."

Full test of the Bill can be found in PDF here:

http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-112hr3288ih/pdf/BILLS-112hr3288ih.pdf

Status of the Bill:

http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=h112-3288

This bill only pertains to commercial satellites, and does not include scientific or educational in its current form. Make your voices heard and please write to your Representatives for the inclusion of these terms. Removing educational, scientific, and commercial satellites from ITAR control will help foster the international small satellite community. 

Representatives Howard Berman, Don Manzullo, Adam Smith, Mike Coffman, Dutch Ruppersberger, Rob Bishop, Gerry Connolly, Jason Chaffetz, and Martin Heinrich introduced the bill, and are the best people to contact regarding updates and changes.