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.

Report on DOC Accomplishments in Space Commerce

View report as PDF (1.8 MB)Today, the Office of Space Commerce published a report on the Commerce Department’s space commerce accomplishments under Secretary Wilbur Ross and the Trump Administration. The report recaps the Department’s success in achieving its strategic objective to

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President Trump Issues New National Space Policy

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Today, the White House released President Donald Trump’s National Space Policy providing direction for all United States space activities. View policy at whitehouse.gov (1.3 MB PDF) View White House fact sheet View statement from the President The National Space Policy sets

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Secretary Ross Remarks from 8th National Space Council Meeting

Secretary of Commerce Wilbur L. Ross, Jr.

Today, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross participated in the eighth meeting of the National Space Council, held at Kennedy Space Center, Florida. He delivered an update on the Administration’s efforts to foster the growth of the commercial space industry through

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U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao Announces Historic Commercial Space Transportation Reforms

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao today announced the publication of the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Streamlined Launch and Reentry Licensing Requirements Final Rule for commercial space transportation launches and reentries. “This historic, comprehensive update to commercial space launch

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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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New Limits on Satellite Imaging of Israel

On July 21, the Commerce Department published a Federal Register notice announcing its finding, pursuant to the Kyl-Bingaman Amendment, that satellite imagery of Israel is readily and consistently available from non-U.S. commercial sources at a resolution of 0.4 meters Ground Sample

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Secretary Ross Addresses ACCRES on Final Remote Sensing Rule

Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross

On June 25, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross delivered remarks to the Advisory Committee on Commercial Remote Sensing (ACCRES), an independent advisory body to NOAA’s Commercial Remote Sensing Regulatory Affairs office (CRSRA). Secretary Ross spoke about the Department’s final rule

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O’Connell Remarks at June 2020 ACCRES Meeting

On June 24, Office of Space Commerce Director Kevin O’Connell spoke about the new commercial remote sensing rule at the 27th meeting of NOAA’s Federal Advisory Committee on Commercial Remote Sensing (ACCRES). Below are his remarks as prepared for delivery.

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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

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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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