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Request for Comments on Remote Sensing Regulatory Reform

Today, the Commerce Department published an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) on Licensing Private Remote Sensing Space Systems. View notice in the Federal Register Commerce is considering revisions to its regulations for the licensing of private remote sensing space

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President Signs Space Traffic Management Policy

President Trump signing SPD-3 before the National Space Council

Today, during the third meeting of the National Space Council, President Trump signed Space Policy Directive-3, the first National Space Traffic Management Policy. The policy provides guidelines and direction to ensure that the United States is a leader in providing

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Secretary Ross Remarks from NTIA Spectrum Policy Symposium

Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross spoke at the June 12, 2018, Spectrum Policy Symposium organized by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). His remarks included discussion about his ongoing efforts to establish a one-stop shop for space commerce at

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Space Council, Advisory Group to Convene in June

Vice President Pence has announced that President Trump will host the next National Space Council meeting at the White House on June 18, 2018 View VP announcement at whitehouse.gov On June 19, the National Space Council Users’ Advisory Group will

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NOAA Seeks Public Comments on Future Satellite Architecture, Announces Industry Day

Cover of draft NSOSA report

Today, NOAA released a draft of the NOAA Satellite Observing System Architecture Study for public comments. The study looks at the choices, alternatives, and tradeoffs that NOAA is considering as it plans for its future operational satellite observing system to

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President Signs Directive on Space Regulatory Reform

President Trump, Vice President Pence, and National Space Council staff in the Oval Office with the signed Space Policy Directive-2

Today, President Trump signed a space policy directive to reform America’s commercial space regulatory framework, ensuring the nation’s place as a leader in space commerce. The directive includes recommendations developed by the National Space Council regarding commercial space transportation regulations,

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NOAA Issues RFI on Commercial Space Capabilities

Today, NOAA released a Request for Information (RFI) seeking information on commercial capabilities to support Commercial Weather Data Pilot Round 3 and other NOAA observation requirements. The NOAA Commercial Space Policy states that NOAA will “periodically solicit, identify, and evaluate

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Statement of Secretary Ross on House Passage of Space Commerce Bill

Yesterday, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross issued a statement regarding the U.S. House of Representatives’ passage of H.R. 2809, the American Space Commerce Free Enterprise Act. View statement The stated purpose of the bill is (1) to enhance the existing

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NOAA Seeks Proposals for Round 2 of Commercial Weather Data Pilot

CWDP Round 2

On April 25, NOAA released a Request for Proposals (RFP) to support Commercial Weather Data Pilot Round 2. The RFP is open for 30 days. Building on the Round 1 purchase and evaluation of radio occultation data, this Round 2

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Vice President, Secretary Ross Announce New Space Traffic Management Policy

Secretary Wilbur Ross speaking at the 34th Space Symposium

Last week, Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross delivered keynote addresses at the 34th Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Among other things, they announced the development of a new, comprehensive policy on space traffic management

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