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.

Testimony on SSA from Senate Hearing

Kevin O'Connell testifying before the Senate Commerce Committee

On February 12, Director Kevin O’Connell of the Office of Space Commerce testified before the Senate Commerce Committee at a hearing on “Space Missions of Global Importance: Planetary Defense, Space Weather Protection, and Space Situational Awareness.” Below is his opening

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Secretary Ross Remarks from World Economic Forum 2020

Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross

On January 22, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross delivered remarks about space commerce at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. He spoke during an event titled, “A New Space Race: Getting to the Trillion-Dollar Space Economy.” Secretary Ross discussed

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O’Connell Remarks to U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Kevin O'Connell at podium with "LAUNCH" event backdrop

On December 3, Office of Space Commerce Director Kevin O’Connell delivered a keynote address at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s 2nd Annual Space Summit, LAUNCH: The Space Economy. Below are his remarks as prepared for delivery. Remarks of Kevin M.

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Posted in Business with the Government, Commercial Remote Sensing, Regulatory Reform, Space Economy, SSA/STM

OSC Remarks at UN General Assembly

Diane Howard speaking at UN

On October 31, OSC Chief Counsel Diane Howard delivered remarks during a panel discussion on possible challenges to space security and sustainability. The panel was jointly organized by the First Committee (Disarmament and International Security) and Fourth Committee (Special Political and Decolonization)

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Posted in SSA/STM

Secretary Ross Signs SSA Cooperation Declaration with French Space Agency

Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross and CNES President Jean-Yves Le Gall shake hands

Today, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross met with Jean-Yves Le Gall, President of the French National Centre of Space Research (CNES), to discuss cooperation on Space Situational Awareness (SSA) and Space Surveillance and Tracking (SST). During the meeting, the two

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Posted in International Cooperation, SSA/STM

Remarks from AMOS Conference 2019

Kevin O'Connell speaking at podium

On September 17-20, the Office of Space Commerce participated in the Advanced Maui Optical and Space Surveillance Technology Conference (AMOS), a major technical conference on space situational awareness (SSA). On September 19, Diane Howard spoke on a panel on “Oversight

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Posted in Orbital Debris, SSA/STM

Remarks from Space Commerce Workshop at NIST Boulder

Kevin O'Connell (holding mic) and six other panelists on stage

On September 12, the Department of Commerce hosted a space commerce workshop at the NIST campus in Boulder, Colorado. The event brought together industry, academia, and federal government organizations to identify key technology and measurement barriers to deploying and safely

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Posted in Space Economy, SSA/STM

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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Posted in Commercial Remote Sensing, Export Controls, National Space Council, Regulatory Reform, SSA/STM

U.S.-Japan Comprehensive Space Dialogue Held June 24, 2019

The Commerce Department participated in the Sixth U.S.-Japan Comprehensive Space Dialogue, held at the White House on June 24, 2019. The event brought together senior officials from the governments of the United States and Japan to advance bilateral space cooperation

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Posted in International Cooperation, International GPS Cooperation, Orbital Debris, SSA/STM

Commerce Awards Development Grant to Build Hawaii’s Space Economy

Economic Development Administration (EDA) logo

On July 23, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced the award of $23 million in grants to 44 organizations to create and expand high-growth entrepreneurship and increase access to capital for communities across America. The grants are made annually under

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Posted in Business with the Government, SSA/STM