Testimony from Senate Hearing on U.S. Space Leadership

Kevin O'Connell gesturing while speaking

On March 13, 2019, Kevin O’Connell of the Office of Space Commerce testified before the Senate Commerce Committee for a hearing on “The New Space Race: Ensuring U.S. Global Leadership on the Final Frontier.” Below is his opening statement as

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Comments Requested for New Review of Space-Related Export Controls

On March 8, the Departments of State and Commerce each issued an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) soliciting public comments for a new review of space-related export controls. This action follows direction from the President in Space Policy Directive-2,

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Secretary Ross Hosts Event on Space Risk and Opportunity

Secretary Wilbur Ross speaking at podium before audience

On March 5, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross hosted an event on space risk and opportunity at the Department of Commerce. The event featured speakers from the space insurance industry and commercial providers of space situational awareness data and services.

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Regional Grant Opportunities Open to Commercial Space Sector

To retain and increase global competitiveness, regions must build public and private capacity for entrepreneurship and innovation to invent, improve, and bring to market new products and services, including in emerging, transformative sectors such as commercial space. EDA’s Regional Innovation

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Op-Ed by Secretary Ross on the $1 Trillion Space Economy

On February 28, 2019, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross published an opinion piece in the Orlando Sentinel titled, “Launching toward a $1 trillion space economy.” It celebrates the space industry achievements of 2018 and outlines five elements needed to further

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Secretary Ross Hosts Space Investment Summit

Secretary Ross with panelists in front of audience

On December 12, 2018, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross hosted a Space Investment Summit at the Department of Commerce, bringing together leaders from the commercial space industry and the finance community to learn about each others’ needs. Secretary Ross moderated a

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Secretary Ross Remarks at U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Secretary Wilbur Ross speaking at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce LAUNCH event

On December 6, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross addressed the U.S. Chamber of Commerce at the LAUNCH: Industry Taking Off summit in Washington, D.C. Secretary Ross spoke about the growth of the commercial space industry and the ways in which

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Advancing Space Commerce: What Does “Light Touch, Permissive Regulation” Mean?

Kevin O'Connell addressing the Galloway Symposium audience

On December 5, 2018, Kevin O’Connell delivered a keynote address at the 13th Annual Eilene M. Galloway Memorial Symposium held in Washington, D.C., by the International Institute of Space Law. Below are his remarks as prepared for delivery. Good morning,

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Secretary Ross Visits Vandenberg AFB

Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, Office of Space Commerce Director Kevin O'Connell, Earl Comstock, and AF leadership in front of the CSPOC sign

On November 29-30, 2018, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross visited Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. Secretary Ross met with service members from the 18th Space Control Squadron, Combined Space Operations Center, Joint Force Space Component Command and U.S. Strategic

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MBDA Announces Grant to Space Foundation

On November 30, 2018, the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) announced that it had awarded a $400,000 grant to the United States Space Foundation to educate and inspire the minority business community, and directly facilitate an introduction to the field

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