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Date of this Version



2nd Edition – November 2017


This publication was prepared by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Office of Space Commerce and the Federal Aviation Administration’s Office of Commercial Space Transportation.

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This guidebook provides basic information to help commercial space organizations, especially emerging entrepreneurial firms, considering business in the international market. It is intended to serve as a starting point in the preparation for the export control process. This is an update to the 2008 edition and reflects changes due to the Export Control Reform initiative. Because most space technologies are subject to export controls, it is your responsibility to be aware of the steps necessary to ensure that your operations are lawful. While this guidebook gives an overview of the general responsibilities and procedures, it cannot replace a full understanding of export regulations or discussions with regulatory bodies and legal counsel prior to any technology or information export. Please consult with the Department of State and Department of Commerce to ensure that your organization has the most recent information. In particular, please note that export control regulations are subject to ongoing revision. Be sure to compare any regulatory text quoted in this publication with the latest official online version.