Issues & Activities

Industry Day for SPD-3: Open Architecture Data Repository

The Office of Space Commerce (OSC) announces an event to solicit input from the commercial space industry and the related information technology sector regarding the design, development, operation and governance for Space Policy Directive-3 (SPD-3): National Space Traffic Management Policy’s

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NOAA Awards First Commercial RO Contracts Supporting Operational Weather Forecasting

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On Friday, November 20, 2020, NOAA awarded its first contracts to purchase commercially available space-based radio occultation (RO) data for use in NOAA’s operational weather forecasts. The two-year Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contracts with a total contract ceiling of

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Posted in Commercial Space Solutions for NOAA, Data Buys

U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao Announces Historic Commercial Space Transportation Reforms

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao today announced the publication of the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Streamlined Launch and Reentry Licensing Requirements Final Rule for commercial space transportation launches and reentries. “This historic, comprehensive update to commercial space launch

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Posted in National Space Council, Regulatory Reform

NOAA RFI on Commercial Space Capabilities

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On September 30, 2020, NOAA released a Request for Information (RFI) seeking information on commercial capabilities to inform a potential Commercial Weather Data Pilot (CWDP) Round 3 for terrestrial weather applications, as well as future pilots for space weather and

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Commerce Awards Matching Grant for Maine Spaceport Planning

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Today, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) awarded a $444,009 grant to the Maine Space Grant Consortium in Augusta, Maine, to develop a strategic plan for the Maine SpacePort Complex. The project, to be located in a

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Posted in Business with the Government, Space Economy

Remarks from AMOS Conference 2020

Kevin O’Connell, Director of the Office of Space Commerce, spoke about space situational awareness at the 21st Advanced Maui Optical and Space Surveillance Technologies (AMOS) Conference, held virtually. Below are his remarks as prepared for delivery. Greetings and Aloha to

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President Signs Space Cybersecurity Policy Directive

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Today, President Donald J. Trump issued Space Policy Directive-5 (SPD-5), the Nation’s first comprehensive cybersecurity policy for space systems. View SPD-5 at whitehouse.gov View fact sheet at whitehouse.gov (PDF) SPD-5 establishes key cybersecurity principles to guide and serve as the

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Posted in National Space Council, Orbital Debris, Space Industrial Base

Commerce Participates in U.S.-Japan Space Dialogue

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On August 27, Office of Space Commerce Director Kevin O’Connell represented the Commerce Department at the 7th meeting of the high-level U.S.-Japan Comprehensive Dialogue on Space in Tokyo, Japan. O’Connell provided updates on the Department’s efforts to transition the Defense

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Posted in International Cooperation, National Space Council, Space Economy, SSA/STM

Commerce Announces $2M STEM Talent Challenge

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On August 27, the Commerce Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) announced the STEM Talent Challenge to develop or expand regional workforce capacity to support high-growth, high-wage entrepreneurial ventures, industries of the future (including space commerce), and other innovation driven businesses

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Commerce Applauds NAPA Study Reaffirming the Department as the Lead Agency for Space Traffic Management

Cover of report - Space Traffic Management - A Report by a Panel of the National Academy of Public Administration for the United States Department of Commerce - August 2020

Today, the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA) released their Congressionally directed study, “Space Traffic Management: Assessment of the Feasibility, Expected Effectiveness, and Funding Implications of a Transfer of Space Traffic Management Functions.” The findings reaffirm that the Office of

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