TEA Party in Space Telecon Information
We hope you will join us on December 6th, 2012 at 9PM EDT - 6PM PDT for the TPIS national conference call. The conference call will be lead by the TPIS Team of Andrew, Everett, and Gary. Agenda items are:
- ITAR Reform Update and Action Plan
- New Mars Probe and Pu238 production
- The Golden Spike Company announcement
- Interacting with Congress
The call is toll free. Follow these simple steps.
Space News reported today that Space Systems Loral of Palo Alto California was being sold to MDA Corporation of Richmond British Columbia, Canada. Here is the first paragraph:
PARIS — Canada’s MDA Corp. is buying the world’s largest manufacturer of commercial telecommunications satellites, Space Systems/Loral (SS/L) of California, for $875 million in cash in a transaction that does not include risks associated with a lawsuit between SS/L and one of its customers, the two companies announced June 26.
It is time for Senators on both sides of the aisle to acknowledge that our commercial communications satellite manufactures need relief from oppressive International Trafficking of Arms Regulations (ITAR). For too long ITAR has crushed American companies and put them at a direct disadvantage to foreign competitors in the free market. Competitors to such companies as Boeing, Lockheed Martin, ATK, and Loral openly advertise ITAR free satellites which are easier to buy.