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

Presidential seal

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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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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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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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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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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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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Deputy Secretary Remarks from Space Enterprise Summit

Deputy Secretary of Commerce Karen Dunn Kelley speaking at the State Department

Deputy Secretary of Commerce Karen Dunn Kelley delivered opening remarks at the Space Enterprise Summit on June 26, 2019. The two-day conference, co-hosted by the Departments of Commerce and State, focused on innovation and investment in the commercial space industry.

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