Monday, November 14, 2011

Space Tourism, Space Solar Power, and ITAR Development

Some good space news has surfaced in the last fews days.

First, the International Astronautical Associated released a report on Space Solar Power. The first news report talks about ten years and millions of jobs. Also, see the full report.

Second, a breathtaking video of the Earth from Space was created from pictures take by ISS (international Space Station) astronauts. Do not miss this!

Finally, in a little inside but very important news, A bill has been introduced in the House of Representatives that seeks ITAR reform relative to "commercial satellites and related components" (HR3288). The bill is called the "Safeguarding United States Satellite Leadership and Security Act of 2011", and is being co-sponsored by a bi-partisan group of Congressmen. This is important because current law severely restricts the ability of American companies to export satellites and satellite components, even to close allies.