Ze houden Royalties in 'voor God'
Maar serieus: zendvergunningen worden door de FCC gegeven, en die heeft SpaceX ook gehad voor deze lancering. (O.a. voor telemetrie data, launch abort override, etc)
Echter heeft de VS restricties en voorwaarden op commerciele ruimte-opnamen van de aarde wegens de 'nationale veiligheid'. Door de hoge kosten van zulke satellieten en hun technische voorsprong hebben ze dit lang tegen kunne houden. Echter inmiddels is de rest van de wereld (vooral incusief China en Rusland) redelijk bij met de techniek. En omdat die (en ook Europa en India) niet zulke restricties hebben, verliest de Amerikaanse industrie dus verkopen, en zijn ze bezig de regels te versoepelen.
De paragraaf over 'operational control' is denk ik niet van toepassing omdat dat al afgedekt zal zijn door de lanceerlicentie van de FAA.
General Licensing Conditions:
As set forth in the regulations 15 CFR Section 960.11, the conditions for operation of all systems licensed under these regulations includes NOAA's requirement to protect national security concerns, foreign policy and international obligations of the United States. Attuned to this requirement, a license contains rigorous conditions on the operation of a system, including the requirement that the licensee maintain operational control of its system from a U.S. territory at all times and incorporate safeguards to ensure the integrity of system operations and security of its data. It is important to note that the license requirement imposed on the licensee that it maintain "operational control,'' as the term is defined in 15 CFR Section 960.3 of the regulations, is an implementation of U.S. obligations under the United Nations Outer Space Treaty of 1967. That treaty provides that the U.S. Government, as a State party, will be held strictly liable for any U.S. private or governmental entity's actions in outer-space. Consequently, NOAA requires that licensees under this part maintain ultimate control of their systems, in order to minimize the risk of such liability and assure that the national security concerns, foreign policy and international obligations of the United States are protected.
The Kyl-Bingaman Amendment:
Consistent with the requirement that licensees operate their systems in a manner that protects national security concerns, foreign policy and international obligations, Section 1064, Public Law No. 104-201, (the 1997 Defense Authorization Act), referred to as the Kyl-Bingaman Amendment, requires that ``[a] department or agency of the United States may issue a license for the collection or dissemination by a non-Federal entity of satellite imagery with respect to Israel only if such imagery is no more detailed or precise than satellite imagery of Israel that is available from commercial sources.'' Pursuant to that law, the Department of Commerce will make a finding as to the level of detail or precision of satellite imagery of Israel available from commercial sources. Moreover, as the statutory limitation applies to U.S. licensees, the term "commercial sources'' is interpreted for purposes of these regulations as referring to satellite imagery so readily and consistently available from non-U.S. commercial entities that the availability of additional imagery from U.S. commercial sources may be permitted.
As part of its licensing process, NOAA requires an applicant to submit a plan explaining how its proposed system will be able to restrict the collection and/or dissemination of imagery of Israeli territory at a level of resolution determined by the Commerce Department. NOAA will review this plan to ensure compliance.