Commercial Remote Sensing

The Office of Space Commerce promotes U.S. commercial remote sensing satellite services by contributing to the development of government policies affecting the industry, voicing the industry’s interests within interagency policy discussions, and representing U.S. commercial interests in international negotiations.

Separately, NOAA’s Commercial Remote Sensing Regulatory Affairs Office licenses the operation of U.S. commercial imaging satellites and manages the Advisory Committee on Commercial Remote Sensing (ACCRES). Learn more

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 to ACCRES

Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross delivered remarks at the June 4, 2019, meeting of the Advisory Committee on Commercial Remote Sensing (ACCRES). The Secretary discussed the ongoing rulemaking to overhaul NOAA’s commercial remote sensing licensing process. He told the committee,

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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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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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Legislative Proposal to Establish Bureau of Space Commerce

On October 15, 2018, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross submitted to Congress a legislative proposal to establish a new Bureau of Space Commerce headed by an Assistant Secretary for Space Commerce. Download legislative proposal (PDF) Download section-by-section analysis (PDF) Section-by-Section

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Request for Comments on Remote Sensing Regulatory Reform

Today, the Commerce Department published an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) on Licensing Private Remote Sensing Space Systems. View notice in the Federal Register View public comments at regulations.gov Commerce is considering revisions to its regulations for the licensing

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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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President Signs Directive on Space Regulatory Reform

President Trump, Vice President Pence, and National Space Council staff in the Oval Office with the signed Space Policy Directive-2

Today, President Trump signed a space policy directive to reform America’s commercial space regulatory framework, ensuring the nation’s place as a leader in space commerce. The directive includes recommendations developed by the National Space Council regarding commercial space transportation regulations,

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Statement of Secretary Ross on House Passage of Space Commerce Bill

Yesterday, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross issued a statement regarding the U.S. House of Representatives’ passage of H.R. 2809, the American Space Commerce Free Enterprise Act. View statement The stated purpose of the bill is (1) to enhance the existing

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Space Council Focuses on Regulatory Reform

Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross speaking at the National Space Council meeting on Feb 21, 2018

Today, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross participated in the second meeting of the National Space Council, held at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Among other things, the Council approved a set of recommendations to the President for regulatory reforms

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