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The 17-Feb-2016 answer to Is the Falcon 9 launch/landing telemetry data available for visualisation purposes? explains that access to telemetry data is controlled by ITAR and/or other regulations, but today's answer points out that the SpaceX webcast video feed do contain processed versions of telemetry and tracking data and links to SpaceXtract on github as a way to extract that data.

These two "No" and "Yes" answers are not necessarily in conflict because the interpretations of what is or is not "telemetry data" are different.

Do SpaceX and other US-based launch companies get "ITAR waivers" for live-broadcasting processed telemetry data, or is this kind of information explicitly excluded from the regulations?

For comparison, ISRO and JAXA live video broadcasts sometimes show even more detailed telemetry data, but of course ITAR applies (in this case) to US launches.


GIF from What is the extra moving and disappearing line in the animation in the BulgariaSat-1 webcast? illustrating some of the processed telemetry and tracking data shown

GIF from screen shots of SpaceX video of BulgariaSat-1 webcast

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  • $\begingroup$ different but related; wasn't there some "thing" about a camera on a SpaceX launch that had to be turned off, or a live broadcast was blocked or something? $\endgroup$ – uhoh Jun 25 at 22:42
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    $\begingroup$ yes, the rear view camera had to be licensed $\endgroup$ – JCRM Jun 26 at 18:56
  • $\begingroup$ @JCRM ah, thanks! Searching "SpaceX regulations camera" I found this; is this it? Why does the NOAA require a permit to be issued to stream images of the earth? If so, then it doesn't directly apply to this question about telemetry data. $\endgroup$ – uhoh Jun 27 at 0:56

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