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U.S. finally greenlights space accord negotiations with Brazil

U.S. finally greenlights space accord negotiations with Brazil
Brazil and the U.S. resume space accord negotiations

The U.S. Department of State has finally agreed to renegotiate the terms of a technological space accord with Brazil. Both countries have resumed negotiations over a technological safeguards agreement (TSA). Without such a deal, no U.S. rocket can be launched on Brazilian soil.

Sixteen years ago, the Brazilian Congress rejected a proposal that protected the Americans’ technological property, while leaving loopholes that could strip away Brazil’s sovereignty over the internal facilities of the Alcantara launch center, located in the Brazilian Northeast.

The resumption of negotiations is a big step that indicates several American companies and government agencies are open to...

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