Revised Satellite Export Control Rules Published
On May 13, 2014, the Departments of State and Commerce released a set of interim final rules that move many commercial satellites and related items from the U.S. Munitions List to the Commerce Control List. This long awaited rule change ends 15 years of burdensome restrictions on U.S. satellite exports. The new rules will take effect in stages from June 27 to November 10, 2014. Comments are invited on certain aspects of the rules, including the controls on commercial remote sensing satellites.
Air Force Adds Navigation Data to Modernized Civil GPS Signals
On April 28, 2014, the Air Force began broadcasting civil navigation (CNAV) messages on all operational GPS satellites capable of transmitting the L2C and L5 signals. L2C and L5 are the first of several new civil capabilities being added to GPS as part of the GPS modernization program announced in 1999. L2C and L5 are currently pre-operational signals to be used primarily for testing equipment, not for safety-of-life or other critical purposes.