On 13 May, the State Department’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (the “DDTC”) and the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (“BIS”) issued interim final rules that transfer export controls on certain space systems, including commercial communication satellites, remote sensing satellites and planetary probes and rovers, from the DDTC to BIS. Although stringent end-use controls remain, including restrictions on the export, re-export or transfer of the items to certain countries, the transition is intended to promote the global competitive position of the US satellite industry. The transition becomes effective on 10 November 2014, with an exception for certain radiation-hardened chips, exports of which may be licensed by the Commerce Department as early as 27 June 2014.

Federal Register Publication—DDTC (PDF)

Federal Register Publication—BIS (PDF)