Commercial Remote Sensing

The Office of Space Commercialization promotes U.S. commercial remote sensing satellite services by contributing to the development of government policies affecting the industry, voicing the industry’s interests within interagency policy discussions, and representing U.S. commercial interests in international negotiations.

Separately, NOAA’s Commercial Remote Sensing Regulatory Affairs Office licenses the operation of U.S. commercial imaging satellites and manages the Advisory Committee on Commercial Remote Sensing (ACCRES). Learn more

Law Restores Original Name of Office of Space Commerce

On November 25, President Obama signed the U.S. Commercial Space Launch Competitiveness Act. The legislation renamed the Office of Space Commercialization to the Office of Space Commerce (its original designation) and added several functions. The new functions include promoting U.S.

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Report on Consumers of Commercial Remote Sensing Imagery

DOC’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) has released an assessment of the consumers of U.S. commercial electro-optical (EO) satellite imagery. The goal was to evaluate the current market behavior of these imagery consumers as well as providers of products,

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U.S. Commercial Remote Sensing Industry Merger

In January 2013, the major two U.S. commercial remote sensing satellite firms, DigitalGlobe and GeoEye, completed their merger, retaining the DigitalGlobe name.

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Douglas to Speak at Commercial Remote Sensing Forum

On April 27, Eve Douglas of the Office of Space Commercialization will speak at a Space Enterprise Council forum on “The Importance of Commercial Remote Sensing to Economic and National Security.” The Capitol Hill event is scheduled for 9:00-10:00 a.m.

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EnhancedView Remote Sensing Data Buy Contracts Awarded

On August 6, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency awarded $7.3 billion in contracts to two U.S. commercial remote sensing firms in support of the EnhancedView 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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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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U.S. Approval for 1-Meter Commercial Radar Satellite

On August 24, 2009, NOAA granted a license to Northrop Grumman to operate a commercial remote sensing satellite with one-meter synthetic aperture radar (SAR) capability. It is the first U.S. license approved for a commercial radar imaging satellite at that

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Announcement of 2010 Remote Sensing Symposium

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The Office of Space Commercialization has partnered with the U.S. Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF) to organize the 2010 International Commercial Remote Sensing Symposium, to be held at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center on March 3-5, 2010. Learn

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NOAA RFI on Commercial Remote Sensing Industry

On June 15, 2009, NOAA’s Commercial Remote Sensing Regulatory Affairs Office issued a Request for Information (RFI) on U.S. commercial remote sensing capabilities and business models. The industry inputs will inform government decision makers deliberating future NOAA licensing actions. Inputs

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