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  • NOAA Statement on Today's Broadcast of the SpaceX Iridium-5 Launch

    NOAA Statement on Today's Broadcast of the SpaceX Iridium-5 Launch

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    (March 30, 2018) - - Today, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration published the following statement:

    The National and Commercial Space Program Act requires a commercial remote sensing license for companies having the capacity to take an image of Earth while on orbit.

    Now that launch companies are putting video cameras on stage 2 rockets that reach an on-orbit status, all such launches will be held to the requirements of the law and its conditions.

    SpaceX applied and received a license from NOAA that included conditions on their capability to live-stream from space. Conditions on Earth imaging to protect national security are common to all licenses for launches with on-orbit capabilities.


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