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.

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 whitehouse.gov View fact sheet at whitehouse.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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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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Secretary Ross Discusses Office of Space Commerce at House Hearing

Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross testifying at House hearing

During a March 10 budget hearing of the House Appropriations Committee, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross cited the Office of Space Commerce as one of his top priorities in the FY 2021 budget. His opening statement reiterated the testimony he gave

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Secretary Ross Advocates for Office of Space Commerce Budget in Senate Hearing

Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross testifying at Senate hearing

During a March 5 budget hearing of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross urged Congress to fund the $15 million budget request for the Office of Space Commerce. In his opening statement, Secretary Ross said the Office

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Remarks for SSA Workshop in Japan

On February 27, 2020, OSC Director Kevin O’Connell delivered keynote remarks for a space situational awareness workshop organized in Tokyo by the Japan Space Forum. Below are his remarks as prepared for delivery. He delivered his remarks from Washington, D.C.

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Administration Requests $15M for Office of Space Commerce

On February 11, 2020, the White House released President Trump’s budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2021. The budget includes a Commerce Department request of $15 million and 24 positions for the Office of Space Commerce, consisting of $4.1 million and

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