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January 17, 2023 | Tom Ballard

“Space Regulatory Bootcamp” is space camp for start-ups

This three-day event is a certification program that teaches start-ups space regulations.

A boot camp aimed at helping start-ups navigate the space sector’s complex regulatory landscape is coming to New Mexico.

The “Space Regulatory Bootcamp,” backed by the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and SpaceWERX, is scheduled for February 21-23 at Q Station, a collaboration center for New Mexico’s space industry in Albuquerque.

“Many companies need a lot of help understanding what is required if you’re going to do business with the federal government,” Gabe Mounce, Director of AFRL’s Outreach and Tech Engagement Office, and SpaceWERX Deputy Director, told SpaceNews for this article. “For instance, export laws are very important if you’re going to try to get a government contract, even a Small Business Innovation Research or Small Business Technology Transfer contract.”

In addition to export control, topics to be covered in the “Space Regulatory Bootcamp,” being organized by Washington-based Aegis Trade Law, include cybersecurity, foreign investment, crowdfunding, government licensing and federal contracting regulations.

Participants in the first “Space Regulatory Bootcamp” will pay $900 for the three-day meeting, and attendance is limited to 100 participants, both in-person and virtual.