Issues & Activities

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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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

Secretary Ross Hosts Space Startup Summit

Secretary Ross seated on stage with five panelists in front of large audience

On October 21, 2019, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross hosted a Space Startup Summit in the Commerce Department auditorium. The event brought together space entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, technology accelerators, and federal agencies to explore ways the government can foster and

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Posted in Business with the Government, Space Economy

Secretary Ross to Host Space Startup Summit on Oct 21

Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross

(Update to original post of September 26, 2019) The Department of Commerce will host a special event on space startup innovation and financing on Monday, October 21, 2019, from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., while the International Astronautical Congress (IAC)

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Secretary Ross Remarks to Space Industry Association of Australia

On October 9, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross delivered remarks to the Space Industry Association of Australia (SIAA) at the Mount Stromlo observatory near Canberra, Australia. He discussed U.S. and Australian collaboration in space, highlighting the recently signed Joint Statement

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Posted in International Cooperation

NOAA to Engage Commercial Sector on Future Space Architecture Elements

(Update to original post of September 16, 2019) Today, the National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS) released a pair of Broad Agency Announcements (BAAs) to engage the commercial sector in developing new concepts for instruments, spacecraft, business models

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Posted in Commercial Space Solutions for NOAA

Secretary Ross Attends U.S.-Australia Space Cooperation Event

Secretary Ross and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison stand behind NASA Deputy Administrator James Morhard and Australian Space Agency Head Megan Clark as they sign document

On September 21, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross delivered brief remarks at a signing ceremony between NASA and the Australian Space Agency. The two agencies documented their intent to pursue a framework agreement on space cooperation, including Australian participation in

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Posted in International Cooperation

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

O’Connell Remarks from Space Economy Workshop

Kevin O'Connell speaking before audience

On September 5, OSC Director Kevin O’Connell delivered the keynote address at a workshop on “Exploring the Hidden Economic Value of Space Applications” hosted by SDA Bocconi School of Management-SEE Lab, the Secure World Foundation, and the GWU Space Policy

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