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STM Remarks from EUSpace for Business Conference

On November 6, 2018, Kevin O’Connell delivered a keynote address on space traffic management at the EUSpace for Business conference in Graz, Austria. Below are his remarks as prepared for delivery. Good morning, ladies and gentlemen. Jean-Jacques, thank you so

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Commerce Provides Updates at 4th National Space Council Meeting

Today, at the fourth meeting of the National Space Council, Under Secretary of Commerce Karen Dunn Kelley reported on the Commerce Department’s progress in promoting U.S. space commerce and implementing the tasks assigned to it under Space Policy Directives 2

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Legislative Proposal to Establish Bureau of Space Commerce

On October 15, 2018, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross submitted to Congress a legislative proposal to establish a new Bureau of Space Commerce headed by an Assistant Secretary for Space Commerce. Download legislative proposal (PDF) Download section-by-section analysis (PDF) Section-by-Section

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ITAR Clarification on Satellite Thrusters

On October 4, 2018, the State Department issued minor revisions to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), including two changes related to space systems: In response to industry feedback, the State Department added a note clarifying that the rocket

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Remarks at National Space Club-Huntsville

Today, Jason Kim of the Office of Space Commerce spoke about the Commerce Department’s initiatives in space commerce before the National Space Club-Huntsville in Alabama. Below are his remarks as prepared for delivery. Thank you, Tim, for that kind introduction,

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NOAA Awards Commercial Weather Data Pilot Round 2 Contracts

On September 17, 2018, NOAA’s National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS) awarded contracts to GeoOptics, Inc., Spire Global, Inc., and Space Sciences and Engineering LLC as part of the Commercial Weather Data Pilot Round 2. Building on the CWDP

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STM Remarks at AMOS Conference

Kevin O’Connell, Director of the Office of Space Commerce, spoke about space traffic management (STM) policy at the Advanced Maui Optical and Space Surveillance Technologies (AMOS) Conference in Hawaii. Below are his remarks as prepared for delivery. Good morning, ladies

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Rideshare Opportunities on the NOAA JPSS-2 Launch

NOAA is continuing efforts to partner with the commercial sector in innovative ways in support of the NOAA mission. On July 31, NOAA released a Request for Information (RFI) that offers a ride to low earth orbit (LEO) for small

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Request for Comments on Remote Sensing Regulatory Reform

Today, the Commerce Department published an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) on Licensing Private Remote Sensing Space Systems. View notice in the Federal Register Commerce is considering revisions to its regulations for the licensing of private remote sensing space

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President Signs Space Traffic Management Policy

President Trump signing SPD-3 before the National Space Council

Today, during the third meeting of the National Space Council, President Trump signed Space Policy Directive-3, the first National Space Traffic Management Policy. The policy provides guidelines and direction to ensure that the United States is a leader in providing

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