Virgin’s flight hardware, Sundahl added, would remain under export control. However, he said the determination was, on the whole, “good news for Virgin Galactic and the entire space tourism industry.”
Marc Holzapfel, Virgin Galactic’s New York-based senior vice president and legal director, did not reply to an April 10 request for comment.
When the State Department announced its decision in an online posting in January, Virgin Galactic did not publicize the decision. On an April 5 visit to Washington, Virgin Galactic Chief Executive Officer George Whitesides — a former NASA chief of staff — declined to comment about the business ramifications of the decision. on the exporter,” Sundahl said.