Plank – Congress must reform International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), easing restrictions on U.S. private enterprise from engaging in commerce with friendly countries in the sale of goods and services. Specifically, and among other things, satellites should be removed from the munitions list.The ITAR regulation can be found here. The purpose of ITAR is to limit exporting sensitive defense related technologies to our enemies. However, the law of ITAR also has the law of "unintended consequences". ITAR is destroying America's ability to engage in the global space economy with our most trusted allies. The United Kingdom, Canada, and Australia must go through extensive paperwork to procure American designed and built satellites. Why?
OSIM is a full field, cryogenic, optical simulator of the JWST Optical Telescope Element (OTE). It provides simulated point source/star images for optical performance testing of the JWST Integrated Science Instrument Module (ISIM). OSIM is currently being assembled at the Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC).Ok, the telescope is already delayed until 2018 with additional delays to 2020 now highly possible. The monstrosity that is JWST has not even passed Critical Design Review (CDR) and now here is an additional delay. At what point does NASA and congress pull the plug? It is time for some soul searching on the 9th floor and in congress.