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SpaceX Cannot Broadcast Videos From Space Due to an Obsolete Law

•, by Marcin Frackiewicz

SpaceX is working with NOAA to lift these restrictions in order to bring live views from the space in the future.

These restrictions are a reference to a 1992 rule defined in the National and Commercial Space Program Act that requires private space companies that want to broadcast videos and images gathered from space to obtain a license. NOAA suddenly decided to implement this rule for the Falcon 9 launch on March 30. According to NOAA, the cameras on the second stage of SpaceX are considered as a remote sensing space system and so, SpaceX should get a provisional license.

NOAA released a brief statement stating that all launches will be held to the conditions and requirements of the law. SpaceX obtained a license from NOAA that included conditions on its ability to live stream from space. The company has been broadcasting images and videos from space for years without a license. SpaceX said that they were unaware that licenses were needed until it was informed by NOAA.

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