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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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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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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Commerce Awards Development Grant to Build Hawaii’s Space Economy

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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Secretary Ross Remarks at OneWeb Satellites Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

On July 22, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross attended at a ribbon cutting ceremony for the OneWeb Satellites satellite production facility in Merritt Island, Florida. He delivered remarks highlighting the recent economic recovery and resurgence of the Florida Space Coast.

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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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Remarks from PSSI Space Security Conference

On June 11, 2019, Kevin O’Connell delivered remarks at the PSSI Space Security Conference in Prague, Czech Republic. Below are his remarks as prepared for delivery. The Role of the Private Sector in Space Security Fifth PSSI Space Security Conference

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Testimony from Senate Hearing on the Emerging Space Environment

On May 14, Director Kevin O’Connell of the Office of Space Commerce testified before the Senate Commerce Committee at a hearing on “The Emerging Space Environment: Operational, Technical, and Policy Challenges.” He stated that the future space operating environment will

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Due date for SSA/STM comments extended to May 23

The Office of Space Commerce has extended the comment filing date for its Request for Information (RFI) on Space Situational Awareness (SSA) and Space Traffic Management (STM) services. The new due date is May 23, 2019. View/submit comments at regulations.gov

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RFI on Commercial Capabilities in SSA and STM

Today, the Department of Commerce published in the Federal Register a Request for Information (RFI) via the Office of Space Commerce. The RFI seeks information from interested parties on: Specific capabilities commercial entities might currently and in the future provide

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