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NOAA Awards Contracts for Next Generation Weather Satellite Concepts

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On April 3, 2020, NOAA’s National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS) began awarding contracts for satellite mission and instrument design analysis. NESDIS is building on the findings from the NOAA Satellite Observing System Architecture (NSOSA) study. NESDIS will

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President Signs Executive Order on Space Resource Utilization

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Today, President Donald J. Trump signed Executive Order 13914 on “Encouraging International Support for the Recovery and Use of Space Resources.” This order addresses U.S. policy regarding the recovery and use of resources in outer space, including the Moon and

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Posted in International Cooperation, National Space Council

Secretary Ross Discusses Office of Space Commerce at House Hearing

Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross testifying at House hearing

During a March 10 budget hearing of the House Appropriations Committee, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross cited the Office of Space Commerce as one of his top priorities in the FY 2021 budget. His opening statement reiterated the testimony he gave

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Secretary Ross Advocates for Office of Space Commerce Budget in Senate Hearing

Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross testifying at Senate hearing

During a March 5 budget hearing of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross urged Congress to fund the $15 million budget request for the Office of Space Commerce. In his opening statement, Secretary Ross said the Office

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Remarks for 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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Administration Requests $15M for Office of Space Commerce

On February 11, 2020, the White House released President Trump’s budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2021. The budget includes a Commerce Department request of $15 million and 24 positions for the Office of Space Commerce, consisting of $4.1 million and

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President Issues Executive Order on Responsible Use of PNT Services

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Today President Trump signed Executive Order 13905 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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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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