Issues & Activities

NOAA Releases Results of Commercial Weather Data Pilot Round 2

CWDP Round 2

On June 26, 2020, NOAA released the summary of the results of Commercial Weather Data Pilot (CWDP) Round 2. In Round 2, NOAA evaluated GNSS radio occultation data from two U.S. commercial space companies: GeoOptics and Spire. NOAA concludes that, based on

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Secretary Ross Addresses ACCRES on Final Remote Sensing Rule

Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross

On June 25, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross delivered remarks to the Advisory Committee on Commercial Remote Sensing (ACCRES), an independent advisory body to NOAA’s Commercial Remote Sensing Regulatory Affairs office (CRSRA). Secretary Ross spoke about the Department’s final rule

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O’Connell Remarks at June 2020 ACCRES Meeting

On June 24, Office of Space Commerce Director Kevin O’Connell spoke about the new commercial remote sensing rule at the 27th meeting of NOAA’s Federal Advisory Committee on Commercial Remote Sensing (ACCRES). Below are his remarks as prepared for delivery.

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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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Remarks from U.S.-Italian Event on the New Space Economy

On June 11, Office of Space Commerce Director Kevin O’Connell participated in a discussion of “The New Space Economy: Achieving Value and Reaching Potential Together,” part of the “From Home to Space” series sponsored by the Italian Space Agency 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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Commerce Department Releases New Regulations to Support U.S. Leadership in Commercial Satellite Remote Sensing Industry

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Today, the U.S. Department of Commerce released new regulations to improve the licensing process for private U.S. satellite remote sensing operations, helping ensure continued U.S. leadership in a critical commercial space industry. View final rule at federalregister.gov The new final

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NOAA Plans First Operational Data Buy from Commercial RO Firms

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On April 21, 2020, NOAA released a draft Statement of Work (SOW) for public comment to support NOAA’s first acquisition of commercial space-based radio occultation data for operational use in NOAA’s products and services. View draft SOW at SAM.gov The

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NOAA Awards Contracts for Next Generation Weather Satellite Concepts

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On April 3, 2020, NOAA’s National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS) began awarding contracts for satellite mission and instrument design analysis. NESDIS is building on the findings from the NOAA Satellite Observing System Architecture (NSOSA) study. NESDIS will

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President Signs Executive Order on Space Resource Utilization

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Today, President Donald J. Trump signed Executive Order 13914 on “Encouraging International Support for the Recovery and Use of Space Resources.” This order addresses U.S. policy regarding the recovery and use of resources in outer space, including the Moon and

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