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Why doesn't NASA release all the aerospace technology into public domain?

There are two major factors at play. First, NASA doesn't own the designs of many of the technologies they use; they contract with private companies to develop them. Technological knowledge does flow ...
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What computer programs does ITAR say I can or can not write, or share, or use in the US?

With the exception of model rockets made of paper, wood, or breakable plastic, that are passively stabilized, that have low thrust and low delta V, and that do not have guidance software, launch ...
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Why doesn't NASA release all the aerospace technology into public domain?

There are aspects of what NASA does that cannot be divulged because NASA does indeed rely on trade secrets held by private companies (Russell's first point). There are other aspects of what NASA does ...
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Are US Space companies favored to purchase subsystems from US only suppliers. Are there any specific laws that dictate this?

Gov't contracts often have a "Buy American" clause which requires them to buy from US companies or Trade Agreeement Act countries. See FAR Subpart 25.11, and 52.225-1, 52.225-3, and 52.225-5. See the ...
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Can I make a completely ITAR-free spaceship?

No Here's what ITAR says about launch vehicles Category IV - Launch Vehicles, Guided Missiles, Ballistic Missiles, Rockets, Torpedoes, Bombs, and Mines (a) Rockets, space launch vehicles (...
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Are US Space companies favored to purchase subsystems from US only suppliers. Are there any specific laws that dictate this?

Much of the rocket industry in the US has to deal with ITAR, a set of laws aimed at regulating the sale of weapons. Launchers are seen as weapons due to their ability (in principle) to deliver a ...
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Can I make a completely ITAR-free spaceship?

Any rocket capable of putting a spacecraft in orbit is going to fall under Category IV, paragraph (a), subparagraph (1), (2), or (4). Under Note 3 to paragraph (a), it explicitly calls out model and ...
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Are US Space companies favored to purchase subsystems from US only suppliers. Are there any specific laws that dictate this?

The only component that has any major political tie-ups is the RD-180 engine from Russia. Political tensions have made its future in the US rocket industry unclear The deal was signed in 1995 with ...
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How does ITAR affect SpaceX's display of the Orbcomm first stage outside their headquarters?

ITAR regulations restrict the defense-related information you can share with non-U.S. persons. There is no distinction between the rules applicable to a government agency like NASA or private ...
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Are there any space capable countries without ITAR laws?

Assuming you don't want to work with Iran or North Korea, other space capable countries will have SOME form of export controls in place. ITAR is one aspect of the U.S. export control regime. India is ...
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From which NASA publication originates/where can I find the color version of this SSME flow diagram?

So ... @AntonHengst I have ALL kinds of versions on color and non-color SSME diagrams. Request from you, can you pass the Space Shuttle link to your LA Endeavour Docent friend? I have tried to send ...
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From which NASA publication originates/where can I find the color version of this SSME flow diagram?

It can be found in the wild. This isn't a quality image but goes to show that. Source (twitter) Buy it at auction here! (no affiliation) As far as a document goes, more modern versions of the SSME ...
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ITAR regulation on reaction wheels

Reaction wheels are a borderline technology, one that in certain situations might require an export license. What I suspect is the case is that they will be able to sell you the reaction wheels, but ...
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Can I release rocket plans or software under open-source licensing without running afoul of ITAR?

Maybe The closest thing we have to using ITAR to regulate "software" would be 3D printed gun CAD files. Specifically a company called Defense Distributed makes CAD files for 3D printed guns ...
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Why doesn't NASA release all the aerospace technology into public domain?

NASA releases technology through its technology transfer program, for companies who want to develop NASA innovations into commercial products: https://technology.nasa.gov/ Spinoffs using NASA tech: ...
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Can I make a completely ITAR-free spaceship?

Adjunct answer. While the interstellar technologies website used to say: All major components are designed in house and manufactured locally. The vehicle is ITAR free. Launch pad is located near our ...
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