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Sure, private companies do it all the time, and there's nothing (other than money) stopping you from doing it too. The licensing requirements vary depending on the country or countries you want to operate from. In the United States, the FAA issues licenses for launch and reentry. NOAA issues licenses for remote sensing, and the FCC handles radio ...


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Re-entry licensing in the United States is under the authority of the FAA. Under direction from the national space council, they recently finalized a streamlined regulatory process for both launch and re-entry activities, which you can read here (get cozy, it's a doozy). If your goal is to be the manufacturer, you're probably better off working with a ...


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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 probably your best bet if you wanted to find a jurisdiction with a relatively relaxed regulatory framework and the ability to domestically produce components (...


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Not in a physical sense. Aside from the technical challenges (which are immense), a lack of interoperability and lack of in-space reprocessing and manufacturing facilities has so far made that sort of activity not worth the effort. However, the United States and Russia (and probably China and some others) are working on defense programs that have some ...


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There are also a raft of domestic laws, depending on what country you are operating from. Those tend to relate to things like safety of operations, avoiding radio frequency interference, and national security controls (e.g. export controls, restrictions on Earth imaging, etc.)


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Spacecraft Maneuvers as Intellectual Property? Wow! I was thinking the same thing until I realized every orbital maneuver patent I was looking at was actually a process or method patent of the underlying calculations and software. Do we see patents on the use of actual orbital maneuvers themselves in which the patent holds regardless of the algorithm used ...


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