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Plain Language Guidebook on Satellite Export Controls

Cover of the Introduction to U.S. Export Controls for the Commercial Space Industry

Today, the Office of Space Commerce and the FAA Office of Commercial Space Transportation published the second edition of their Introduction to U.S. Export Controls for the Commercial Space Industry. The guidebook provides basic information to help commercial space organizations,

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Commerce Department Now Accepting Public Inputs on Regulatory Streamlining

Vice President Pence at the National Space Council meeting

On October 5, 2017, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross attended the first meeting of the reconstituted National Space Council. As Chairman of the Council, Vice President Mike Pence called for a full review of the U.S. regulatory framework for commercial

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Update on Round 2 of NOAA’s Commercial Weather Data Pilot

Based on the results of our industry day discussions and additional market research, NOAA has determined that releasing an RFP in FY 2017 is not in the best interests of the Government or the CWDP. NOAA will continue engage with emerging

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President Re-Establishes National Space Council

On June 30, 2017, President Trump signed an Executive Order on Reviving the National Space Council. The council, chaired by Vice President Pence, includes the Secretary of Commerce as a representative of U.S. space commerce interests. View the Executive Order

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NOAA Industry Day on Round 2 Data Pilot

On June 19, NOAA held a community engagement event to discuss Round 2 of its Commercial Weather Data Pilot (CWDP). The event served to address questions about the draft Request for Proposals (RFP) issued on May 26, 2017. The event

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Draft RFP and Industry Day for Commercial Weather Data Pilot Round 2

CWDP Round 2

On May 26, NOAA released a draft Request for Proposals (RFP) to support Round 2 of its Commercial Weather Data Pilot (CWDP). The draft RFP is open for public comment through June 9. View/comment on the draft RFP at FBO.gov

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Weather Act Addresses Commercial Satellite Data and Hosted Payloads

On April 18, President Trump signed the Weather Research and Forecasting Innovation Act of 2017. Section 302 authorizes the Commerce Department to enter into agreements for commercial weather data purchases and hosted payload arrangements. The legislation requires NOAA to prepare

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New Rules Refine Satellite Export Controls

On January 10, 2017, the State Department updated its satellite export control rules under the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR). The revised rules include several notable changes requested by the commercial space industry and advocated by the Commerce Department,

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FCC Seeks Public Comments on Galileo Waiver Request

Galileo logo

The FCC is inviting public comments on the European Commission’s (EC) request for a waiver of licensing requirements applicable to Galileo receivers in the United States. Comments are due February 21, 2017. View public notice at fcc.gov (PDF) The Commerce

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NESDIS Commercial Space Activities Assessment Process

Cover of the NOAA/NESDIS Commercial Space Activities Assessment Process document

On January 6, the NOAA Satellite and Information Service (NESDIS) published the finalized version of its Commercial Space Activities Assessment Process. Download the document (570 KB PDF) The document establishes a process by which NESDIS will assess and pursue commercial opportunities

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