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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Secretary Ross Remarks from 2019 Space Symposium

On April 9, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross delivered a keynote address at the 35th Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, CO. Among other things, he announced that the Departments of Commerce and State will co-host a Space Enterprise Summit on

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Commerce & State to Host Space Enterprise Summit on June 26-27

The Departments of Commerce and State will jointly host a Space Enterprise Summit in Washington, D.C., on June 26-27, 2019. The purpose is to forge partnerships with the space industry, and to promote U.S. Government and commercial best practices and

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Secretary Ross Remarks from 5th Space Council Meeting

On March 26, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross attended the fifth meeting of the National Space Council in Huntsville, Alabama, to provide updates on the Commerce Department’s continuing implementation of Space Policy Directives 2 and 3. View his remarks at

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Secretary Ross Hosts Event on Space Risk and Opportunity

Secretary Wilbur Ross speaking at podium before audience

On March 5, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross hosted an event on space risk and opportunity at the Department of Commerce. The event featured speakers from the space insurance industry and commercial providers of space situational awareness data and services.

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Op-Ed by Secretary Ross on the $1 Trillion Space Economy

On February 28, 2019, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross published an opinion piece in the Orlando Sentinel titled, “Launching toward a $1 trillion space economy.” It celebrates the space industry achievements of 2018 and outlines five elements needed to further

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Secretary Ross Remarks at U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Secretary Wilbur Ross speaking at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce LAUNCH event

On December 6, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross addressed the U.S. Chamber of Commerce at the LAUNCH: Industry Taking Off summit in Washington, D.C. Secretary Ross spoke about the growth of the commercial space industry and the ways in which

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Secretary Ross Visits Vandenberg AFB

Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, Office of Space Commerce Director Kevin O'Connell, Earl Comstock, and AF leadership in front of the CSPOC sign

On November 29-30, 2018, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross visited Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. Secretary Ross met with service members from the 18th Space Control Squadron, Combined Space Operations Center, Joint Force Space Component Command and U.S. Strategic

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