National Space Council

The Secretary of Commerce is a key member of the National Space Council, representing the interests of the U.S. commercial space industry as well as the civilian weather satellite enterprise operated by NOAA. Please note that the National Space Council is a component of the Executive Office of the President (aka White House), not the Department of Commerce.

President Signs Space Cybersecurity Policy Directive

Presidential seal

Today, President Donald J. Trump issued Space Policy Directive-5 (SPD-5), the Nation’s first comprehensive cybersecurity policy for space systems. View SPD-5 at whitehouse.gov View fact sheet at whitehouse.gov (PDF) SPD-5 establishes key cybersecurity principles to guide and serve as the

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Commerce Participates in U.S.-Japan Space Dialogue

Kevin O'Connell (far left) and U.S. delegation at conference table

On August 27, Office of Space Commerce Director Kevin O’Connell represented the Commerce Department at the 7th meeting of the high-level U.S.-Japan Comprehensive Dialogue on Space in Tokyo, Japan. O’Connell provided updates on the Department’s efforts to transition the Defense

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White House Releases Moon-Mars Development Strategy

On July 23, the National Space Council released “A New Era for Deep Space Exploration and Development,” a strategy paper that supports an ambitious vision for human space exploration and development. “The U.S. vision for space is one in which

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Secretary Ross Remarks to National Space Council, May 2020

Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross

On May 19, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross participated in the seventh meeting of the National Space Council, held at NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C. During the meeting, Secretary Ross announced the release of the final rule for commercial remote

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Commerce Department Releases New Regulations to Support U.S. Leadership in Commercial Satellite Remote Sensing Industry

Scissors cutting red tape

Today, the U.S. Department of Commerce released new regulations to improve the licensing process for private U.S. satellite remote sensing operations, helping ensure continued U.S. leadership in a critical commercial space industry. View final rule at federalregister.gov The new final

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President Signs Executive Order on Space Resource Utilization

Presidential seal

Today, President Donald J. Trump signed Executive Order 13914 on “Encouraging International Support for the Recovery and Use of Space Resources.” This order addresses U.S. policy regarding the recovery and use of resources in outer space, including the Moon and

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Secretary Ross Remarks from 6th National Space Council Meeting

Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross delivering remarks

Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross spoke at the August 20, 2019, meeting of the National Space Council, held in Dulles, Virginia. He provided updates on the Department’s activities in commercial space, including implementation of the Space Policy Directives on space

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Secretary Ross Remarks from 5th Space Council Meeting

On March 26, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross attended the fifth meeting of the National Space Council in Huntsville, Alabama, to provide updates on the Commerce Department’s continuing implementation of Space Policy Directives 2 and 3. View his remarks at

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Commerce Provides Updates at 4th National Space Council Meeting

Today, at the fourth meeting of the National Space Council, Under Secretary of Commerce Karen Dunn Kelley reported on the Commerce Department’s progress in promoting U.S. space commerce and implementing the tasks assigned to it under Space Policy Directives 2

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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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