Space Situational Awareness / Space Traffic Management

Space Policy Directive-3 designates the Department of Commerce as the lead civilian agency for providing basic SSA data and STM services to commercial space operators.

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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White House Releases Orbital Debris R&D Plan

Today the White House released the National Orbital Debris Research and Development Plan, a report by an interagency working group under the National Science and Technology Council. View plan at whitehouse.gov (500 KB PDF) Pursuant to Space Policy Directive-3 and other

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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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Posted in Business with the Government, Commercial Remote Sensing, Commercial Space Solutions for NOAA, Data Buys, Export Controls, GPS, GPS Interference, GPS Modernization, Hosted Payloads, International Cooperation, International GPS Cooperation, National Space Council, Orbital Debris, Regulatory Reform, Space Economy, Space Industrial Base, SSA/STM

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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Industry Day for SPD-3: Open Architecture Data Repository

The Office of Space Commerce (OSC) announces an event to solicit input from the commercial space industry and the related information technology sector regarding the design, development, operation and governance for Space Policy Directive-3 (SPD-3): National Space Traffic Management Policy’s

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Remarks from AMOS Conference 2020

Kevin O’Connell, Director of the Office of Space Commerce, spoke about space situational awareness at the 21st Advanced Maui Optical and Space Surveillance Technologies (AMOS) Conference, held virtually. Below are his remarks as prepared for delivery. Greetings and Aloha to

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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 archives.gov View fact sheet at archives.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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Commerce Applauds NAPA Study Reaffirming the Department as the Lead Agency for Space Traffic Management

Cover of report - Space Traffic Management - A Report by a Panel of the National Academy of Public Administration for the United States Department of Commerce - August 2020

Today, the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA) released their Congressionally directed study, “Space Traffic Management: Assessment of the Feasibility, Expected Effectiveness, and Funding Implications of a Transfer of Space Traffic Management Functions.” The findings reaffirm that the Office of

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Remarks from CyberSat Digital Week

On June 12, Office of Space Commerce Director Kevin O’Connell delivered the closing keynote speech for CyberSat Digital Week (June 8-12, 2020), an online event dedicated to space cybersecurity. Below are his remarks as prepared for delivery. Good morning and

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