Regulatory Reform

Under Space Policy Directive 2, “Streamlining Regulations on Commercial Use of Space,” the Department of Commerce is engaged in a range of regulatory reform activities intended to improve U.S. industry competitiveness and ensure the United States remains the flag of choice for businesses operating in space.

Due date for SSA/STM comments extended to May 23

The Office of Space Commerce has extended the comment filing date for its Request for Information (RFI) on Space Situational Awareness (SSA) and Space Traffic Management (STM) services. The new due date is May 23, 2019. View/submit comments at regulations.gov

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Commerce Proposes Streamlined Licensing Rules for Private Remote Sensing Satellites

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Today the Department of Commerce published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on Licensing of Private Remote Sensing Space Systems. View proposed rules at federalregister.gov Commerce is proposing a complete rewrite of its current regulations, last updated in 2006, to

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DOC Export Control Industry Day Held April 17

Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross at podium

On April 17, 2019, the Department of Commerce hosted a public meeting to discuss the National Space Council’s ongoing review of space export controls under Space Policy Directive-2, “Streamlining Regulations on Commercial Use of Space.” Over 70 attendees from 60

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RFI on Commercial Capabilities in SSA and STM

Today, the Department of Commerce published in the Federal Register a Request for Information (RFI) via the Office of Space Commerce. The RFI seeks information from interested parties on: Specific capabilities commercial entities might currently and in the future provide

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Posted in Orbital Debris, Regulatory Reform, SSA/STM

Secretary Ross Remarks from 2019 Space Symposium

On April 9, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross delivered a keynote address at the 35th Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, CO. Among other things, he announced that the Departments of Commerce and State will co-host a Space Enterprise Summit on

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Posted in Export Controls, Regulatory Reform, SSA/STM

Commerce & State to Host Space Enterprise Summit on June 26-27

The Departments of Commerce and State will jointly host a Space Enterprise Summit in Washington, D.C., on June 26-27, 2019. The purpose is to forge partnerships with the space industry, and to promote U.S. Government and commercial best practices and

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DOC to Host Space Export Control Industry Day on April 17 (UPDATED)

The Commerce Department will host a public meeting on space export controls on Wednesday, April 17, 2019, from 1:00-2:30 p.m. in Washington, D.C. The meeting is being organized in cooperation with the Department of Transportation and NASA in support of

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GPS Presentation from Munich Satellite Navigation Summit

Jason Kim on stage in front of presentation screen

On March 27, Jason Kim of the Office of Space Commerce delivered a presentation on Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) issues at the Munich Satellite Navigation Summit in Munich, Germany. The presentation provides updates on: the expanding role of the

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Posted in Galileo, GPS, Regulatory Reform

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 Secretary Issues Space Commerce Spectrum Report

Cover of the SPD-2 report

View report at commerce.gov (PDF) On March 26, the Commerce Department released a report titled, “Driving Space Commerce Through Effective Spectrum Policy.” The report, sent to President Trump by Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, makes recommendations for improving the global

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