Issues & Activities

Remarks from 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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Posted in International Cooperation, Orbital Debris, SSA/STM

President Issues Executive Order on Responsible Use of PNT Services

Presidential seal

Today President Trump signed an Executive Order on Strengthening National Resilience through Responsible Use of Positioning, Navigation, and Timing (PNT) Services. The Executive Order seeks to ensure that the nation’s critical infrastructures build in resilience against disruptions to GPS or

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Posted in GPS, GPS Interference

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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Secretary Ross Remarks from World Economic Forum 2020

Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross

On January 22, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross delivered remarks about space commerce at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. He spoke during an event titled, “A New Space Race: Getting to the Trillion-Dollar Space Economy.” Secretary Ross discussed

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Remarks from GeoBuiz Summit 2020

On January 14, Office of Space Commerce Director Kevin O’Connell delivered a keynote address and moderated a panel on “Business Models of the Space Economy: Where is the Money?” at the GeoBuiz Summit 2020 in Monterey Bay, California. Below are

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Comments Requested on New Export Licensing Rule Affecting Imagery Analysis Software

On January 6, 2020, the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) published an interim final rule to make certain items subject to the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) and to impose a license requirement for the export and reexport

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Posted in Commercial Remote Sensing, Export Controls

DOC Announces New Effort to Measure the U.S. Space Economy

The Commerce Department’s Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) and Office of Space Commerce have initiated a new effort to measure the relative importance of the space sector on the U.S. economy. Called the Space Economy Satellite Account (SESA), the effort

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O’Connell Remarks to U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Kevin O'Connell at podium with "LAUNCH" event backdrop

On December 3, Office of Space Commerce Director Kevin O’Connell delivered a keynote address at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s 2nd Annual Space Summit, LAUNCH: The Space Economy. Below are his remarks as prepared for delivery. Remarks of Kevin M.

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Posted in Business with the Government, Commercial Remote Sensing, Regulatory Reform, Space Economy, SSA/STM

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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Posted in SSA/STM

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