Issues & Activities

NOAA to Engage Commercial Sector on Future Space Architecture Elements

The National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS) intends to release a pair of Broad Agency Announcements (BAA) to engage the commercial sector in developing new concepts for instruments, spacecraft, business models and mission elements for NOAA’s future space-based

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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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2nd U.S.-Thai Civil Space Dialogue

Kevin O'Connell with Thai government officials

On August 21-22, 2019, Office of Space Commerce Director Kevin O’Connell served as head of the U.S. delegation at the second U.S.-Thailand Civil Space Dialogue in Bangkok, Thailand. The Dialogue brought together government representatives the Ministries of Defense, Foreign Affairs,

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Secretary Ross Remarks from 6th National Space Council Meeting

Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross delivering remarks

Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross spoke at the August 20, 2019, meeting of the National Space Council, held in Dulles, Virginia. He provided updates on the Department’s activities in commercial space, including implementation of the Space Policy Directives on space

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Posted in Commercial Remote Sensing, Export Controls, National Space Council, Regulatory Reform, SSA/STM

GPS Economic Study Presentation

Presentation cover: RTI International - Economic Benefits of the Global Positioning System (GPS) - August 6, 2019 - Alan C. O'Connor - Michael P. Gallagher

On August 6, the Office of Space Commerce hosted a public briefing to discuss a recently published study of the economic benefits of GPS. The study, sponsored by DOC’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), estimates that GPS generated

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U.S.-Japan Comprehensive Space Dialogue Held June 24, 2019

The Commerce Department participated in the Sixth U.S.-Japan Comprehensive Space Dialogue, held at the White House on June 24, 2019. The event brought together senior officials from the governments of the United States and Japan to advance bilateral space cooperation

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Posted in International GPS Cooperation, Orbital Debris, SSA/STM

Commerce Awards Development Grant to Build Hawaii’s Space Economy

On July 23, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced the award of $23 million in grants to 44 organizations to create and expand high-growth entrepreneurship and increase access to capital for communities across America. The grants are made annually under

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Posted in Business with the Government, SSA/STM

Secretary Ross Remarks at OneWeb Satellites Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

On July 22, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross attended at a ribbon cutting ceremony for the OneWeb Satellites satellite production facility in Merritt Island, Florida. He delivered remarks highlighting the recent economic recovery and resurgence of the Florida Space Coast.

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Deputy Secretary Remarks from Space Enterprise Summit

Deputy Secretary of Commerce Karen Dunn Kelley speaking at the State Department

Deputy Secretary of Commerce Karen Dunn Kelley delivered opening remarks at the Space Enterprise Summit on June 26, 2019. The two-day conference, co-hosted by the Departments of Commerce and State, focused on innovation and investment in the commercial space industry.

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Posted in Orbital Debris, SSA/STM