The satellite industry is keen to observe the procedure used in implementing the commercial remote sensing regulations.
A final copy of the commercial remote sensing satellite systems’ regulations is ready after publication by the Commerce Department. The government hopes that the new rules will take into account licensing and motivate competition among the satellite operators in the global market.
The regulations are categorically in three tiers. The first tier covers the external commercial systems which are yet to be licensed. The second tier shelter systems that operate within the US and compete with similar US systems. The final tier is specifically for those satellite systems with new potentials and expertise. The final one is subject to additional conditions to regulate their threat capacity.
The satellite industry thinks that these new regulations are stringent and, at the same time, offer a fair, competitive ground for all firms. The industry views the rules as a better version of the old regulations with some slots that the firms need to adjust before they venture into contracts.
The Commerce Department Secretary Wilbur Ross said in a meeting of ACCRES, the Advisory Committee on Commercial Remote Sensing, that they have made changes to the draft of the regulations after the satellite industry stakeholders terming it an impediment to the growth and advancement of the industry. He explains that the new rules will uphold integrity and gear up innovations and development of new services. Various speakers in this meeting retorted his remarks. One of the notables, Sen. Ted Cruz, who is the chair of the Senate space subcommittee, is excited that the new regulations will cover national security and promote the industry’s development in a reasonably competitive basis.
The chair of the House space subcommittee, Rep. Kendra Horn, thinks that the new regulations will spearhead the country in a forward direction while championing innovation and growth. She says that the rules have created a delicate balance between serving the national security and satellite industry expansion.
ACCRES’s chair Gil Klinger reiterates that they are looking forward to how these regulations will take effect. The chair warns the implementors to look out for subtle elements that can deter the allocation of resources to implement the rules citing various examples of great ideas that failed at the implementation stage. The leaders understand that the three-tier system regulations will live up to its name as long as the task force appointed to install the rules are in tune with the whole plan.
Finally, the planners must be transparent in their operations so that no satellite operator or manufacturer falls into questionable deals.