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Most recent launch of a nuclear reactor, and current barriers to launching the next one?

This question about Kilopower nuclear reactors got me thinking. Answer(s) to How many nuclear fission reactors have been launched into space? How many are still there? suggest that most nuclear ...
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The fine prints of launching a satellite

I have read about the space law, international and legal responsibility of the companies and countries involved and I must say it is complex, not to say scary. I can't imagine the lawyers' costs prior ...
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How low is VLEO? (FCC's newest approval for SpaceX)

Engaget's SpaceX gets FCC approval to deploy thousands more internet satellites says SpaceX's plan to build a global, high-speed wireless internet network using satellites has taken another step ...
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What are the regulatory steps to be taken by a private aerospace company in India to launch a satellite?

The idea is to launch a satellite with ISRO or any other foreign launch service provider like SpaceX. The satellite in question is a simple CubeSat for basic remote sensing.
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Why does the NOAA require a permit to be issued to stream images of the earth?

While reading this question, I was interested to learn that the NOAA requires a permit for any entity to film the earth from space. Is there any reason why such a policy is in place? Note: This ...
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Who approves satellite launches, and what prevents anyone from just launching one from a legal standpoint? [duplicate]

What regulatory process does one have to go through to get a satellite launch approved, and what, if anything, keeps satellites from different countries from colliding with each other?
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Might ISRO's 2018-004 launch be at least a technical violation of the Outer Space Treaty by India?

The IEEE News article FCC Accuses Stealthy Startup of Launching Rogue Satellites as well as the question What checks are supposed to be carried out to prevent illegal satellite launches? address the ...
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Are SpaceBEEs actually hard to track?

The IEEE News article FCC Accuses Stealthy Startup of Launching Rogue Satellites focuses mostly on the intrigue addressed in the question What checks are supposed to be carried out to prevent illegal ...
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What does it mean when a software is called open-source for US-release only?

I saw this answer about MarsGRAM, and when I clicked on the NASA software link to read about it I saw at the bottom of the page a blurb for EarthGRAM 2010, an atmospheric model for Earth with likely ...
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What “regulatory purposes” would limit a launch test of a new vehicle to 50,000 feet?

The Art Technica article Vector has completed the first successful flight test of its new micro rocket says: Vector Space Systems successfully launched a full-scale model of its Vector-R rocket on ...
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What regulations, agreements, or other forces can help mitigate “PrankSats”? [closed]

comment: I've used a somewhat innocuous abstraction of 'pranks in space' below, but there's no end to the trouble that could be caused and the increasing ease with which a state (nation or otherwise) ...
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How does ITAR affect SpaceX's display of the Orbcomm first stage outside their headquarters?

There was a time, where people touring the SLC-40 facility were not allowed to take pictures of the engine end of the first stage for ITAR reasons. It appears that has relaxed since I have seen lots ...
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What does it mean for a launcher to be 'nuclear-certified'?

This article says NASA has booked a nuclear-certified Atlas 5 for the launch of the Mars 2020 rover, and says this: currently, Atlas 5 is the only launch vehicle that holds a NASA certification ...
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What body of regulations (if any) would apply to a cubesat with an SDR on board?

I don't have any idea how to begin to navigate through the possible regulations regarding sensors and cameras on satellites, much less radio receivers. I have a feeling you need to get in touch with ...
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Current situation with CoCom regulations and GPS receivers for balloons and cubesats

I wanted to ask this at aviation SE because they are quite rules-and-regulations oriented there, but this question is not (really) about aviation. I'm trying to understand the current situation for ...
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What is the legal status of waste rocket parts ending up in the ocean?

Since most rockets are 'expendable', and perform re-entry over sea, their parts either burn up or end up in the world's oceans. It there any legal basis for the waste (pollution) that ends up in the ...
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If you launch a booster from international waters, who do you have to notify beforehand?

If I have a booster capable of reaching LEO, and want to launch it from a sailing platform in the middle of the South Atlantic (on the equator) do I have to notify some agency or state beforehand? Can ...
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Documentation and testing for a CubeSat launch?

If I had a CubeSat sitting on my desk ready to go today, what documentation and testing would I need to do before I could get it launched? Presumably the launch provider won’t just launch anything I ...
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Who/What is the international authority to assign/refuse orbit to a satellite/space-craft?

This book writes to say In 1981 the USSR requested and was allocated seven satellite slots in 24-hr orbit for Earth observations, calling the system Prognoz Whom was the request made to? Who ...
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Is there such a thing as the Freedom of Information Act for the ESA?

Is data produced by the European Space Agency covered by any such thing as the Freedom of Information Act like in the United States? That is, are data produced by ESA programs freely available much ...