Mission Statement

The Office of Space Commerce is the principal unit for space commerce policy activities within the Department of Commerce. Its mission is to foster the conditions for the economic growth and technological advancement of the U.S. commercial space industry.


The vision of the Office is a robust and responsive U.S. industry that is the world leader in space commerce.


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Focus Areas

The Office focuses on various sectors of the space commerce industry, including satellite navigation (GPS), commercial remote sensing, space transportation, and entrepreneurial activities. The Office participates in government-wide discussions of space policy issues as well as internal efforts to increase NOAA’s use of commercial space solutions.

Strategic Plan

The Department of Commerce Strategic Plan for 2022-2026 provides direction for the Department to “Advance U.S. leadership in the global commercial space industry.” The Office of Space Commerce coordinates the implementation of this strategic objective across the Department. Learn more

The Office of Space Commerce also published a strategic plan in 2007 that provides the vision, mission statement, functions, outcomes and objectives, and action plan for the Office based on stakeholder inputs collected in 2006-2007. View PDF

Commerce Department Partners

To accomplish its mission, the Office of Space Commerce coordinates with a variety of organizations across the Department of Commerce, including:

PNT Coordination

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As a secondary mission, the Office of Space Commerce is responsible for hosting the National Coordination Office for Space-Based Positioning, Navigation, and Timing (PNT). This permanent, interagency staff focusing on GPS policy issues is co-located with the Office of Space Commerce at the Herbert C. Hoover Building in Washington, D.C. Learn more at GPS.gov