Barcelona Moon Team: other launching opportunities
On its way to find the most appropriate launch the team explored other options of available LV. Given the required mass and orbits, other launchers studied are the Indian PSLV, the American Falcon and the Chinese Long March. The team also started contacts with them.
Besides the Falcon 1 and Falcon 9, built by the American company Space X, a mission launch onboard the Indian PSLV and the Chinese Long March would be banned by ITAR regulations.
International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) is a set of United States government regulations that control the export and import of defense-related articles and services on the United States Munitions List (USML). This also includes technology pertaining to satellites and launch vehicles.
There is an open debate between the Department of State and the industries regulated by ITAR concerning how harmful the regulatory restrictions are for U.S. businesses. Companies argue that ITAR is a significant trade barrier that acts as a substantial negative subsidy, weakening U.S. industries' ability to compete. They point to announcements such as TAS (Thales Alenia Space) promoting their "ITAR-free" telecommunication satellites. Actually there is a more than three year open U.S. State Department investigation on this particular case.
Even if future sees a more open regulation on ITAR, the timeframe of the GLXP obliges the Barcelona Moon Team to work on an ITAR-free mission if the team would chose to launch either on an Indian or a Chinese LV.