Space Industrial Base

The National Space Policy of 2010 emphasizes the importance of sustaining a healthy and robust U.S. space industrial base. It directs federal agencies to “help ensure the availability of space-related industrial capabilities in support of critical government functions” and to “establish standards, seek to create opportunities for the current space workforce, and implement measures to develop, maintain, and retain skilled space professionals, including engineering and scientific personnel and experienced space system developers and operators, in government and commercial workforces.”

The Department of Commerce is involved in various efforts to monitor and improve the health of the U.S. space industrial base.

Results of U.S. Space Industry “Deep Dive” Assessment

The Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) has completed its analysis of the data collected through its “Deep Dive” survey of the U.S. space industrial base. BIS has begun publishing publicly available reports that detail findings and recommendations

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President Issues New Space Transportation Policy

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On November 21, President Obama signed an updated National Space Transportation Policy providing guidance to federal departments and agencies on the development and use of commercial and governmental space transportation systems. The goal of the policy is “assured access to

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NASA Industrial Base Study Results

The Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security released its report on the “National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) Human Space Flight Industrial Base in the Post-Space Shuttle/Constellation Environment.” The report’s representative survey sample consists of 536 suppliers affiliated with

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Survey of NASA Industrial Base for Shuttle and Constellation

In July 2010, the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) initiated an assessment of the U.S. industrial base that supports NASA. The goal is to understand the impacts resulting from both the retirement of the Space Shuttle program

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New Presidential Space Policy

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Today, President Obama issued a National Space Policy directive providing comprehensive guidance for all government activities in space, including the commercial, civil, and national security space sectors. The new policy leans farther forward in support of U.S. business interests than

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NRO Industrial Base Report to Congress

On June 25, 2010, the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) submitted a report to Congress on the health of the U.S. space industrial and supplier base. The report identifies many challenges faced by the second and third tier suppliers to the

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2010 International Commercial Remote Sensing Symposium

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March 3-5, 2010 Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center Washington, D.C. The Office of Space Commercialization partnered with the U.S. Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF) to organize this international symposium on satellite-based commercial remote sensing. Nearly 400 people from 17

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Defense Industrial Base Assessment of the U.S. Space Industry

In 2007, the National Security Space Office (NSSO) and the Air Force partnered with the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) to conduct a comprehensive survey of the U.S. space industrial base. The Office of Space Commercialization worked

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