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§ 70117. Relationship to Other Executive Agencies, Laws, and International; Obligations


Executive agencies.—Except as provided in this chapter, a person is not required to obtain from an executive agency a license, approval, waiver, or exemption to launch a launch vehicle or operate a launch site.


Federal Communications Commission and Secretary of Commerce.—This chapter does not affect the authority of—


the Federal Communications Commission under the Communications Act of 1934 (47 U.S.C. 151 et seq.); or


the Secretary of Commerce under the Land Remote-Sensing Commercialization Act of 1984 (15 U.S.C. 4201 et seq.).


States and political subdivisions.—A State or political subdivision of a State—


may not adopt or have in effect a law, regulation, standard, or order inconsistent with this chapter; but


may adopt or have in effect a law, regulation, standard, or order consistent with this chapter that is in addition to or more stringent than a requirement of, or regulation prescribed under, this chapter.


Consultation.—The Secretary of Transportation is encouraged to consult with a State to simplify and expedite the approval of a space launch activity.


Foreign countries.—The Secretary of Transportation shall—


carry out this chapter consistent with an obligation the United States Government assumes in a treaty, convention, or agreement in force between the Government and the government of a foreign country; and


consider applicable laws and requirements of a foreign country when carrying out this chapter.


Launch not an export.—A launch vehicle or payload that is launched is not, because of the launch, an export for purposes of a law controlling exports.


Nonapplication.—This chapter does not apply to—


a launch, operation of a launch vehicle or launch site, or other space activity in the Government carries out for the Government; or


planning or policies related to the launch, operation, or activity.

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