In some countries industry and governmental officials believe that, in addition to satellite systems being sold by U.S. commercial suppliers, there should be carefully devised programs for technology transfer. Particularly in Korea, the perspective was that of industrial participation in the design and manufacture of new satellite systems that Koreans were buying or for which they were providing major capital investment. Limits on the nature, type and application of technology transferred under such programs under U.S. government arms and trade control procedures were seen as too restrictive. The clear implication was that choices as to participation in future international programs would depend on how restrictive the technology transfer procedures were vis-a-vis Europe, Japan or the U.S. and Canada.

Published: December 1998; WTEC Hyper-Librarian