Issues & Activities

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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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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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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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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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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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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