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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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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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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Testimony from Senate Hearing on the Emerging Space Environment

On May 14, Director Kevin O’Connell of the Office of Space Commerce testified before the Senate Commerce Committee at a hearing on “The Emerging Space Environment: Operational, Technical, and Policy Challenges.” He stated that the future space operating environment will

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Secretary Ross Remarks from 2019 Space Symposium

On April 9, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross delivered a keynote address at the 35th Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, CO. Among other things, he announced that the Departments of Commerce and State will co-host a Space Enterprise Summit on

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Testimony from Senate Hearing on U.S. Space Leadership

Kevin O'Connell gesturing while speaking

On March 13, 2019, Kevin O’Connell of the Office of Space Commerce testified before the Senate Commerce Committee for a hearing on “The New Space Race: Ensuring U.S. Global Leadership on the Final Frontier.” Below is his opening statement as

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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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Secretary Ross Testimony on Space Situational Awareness

On June 22, 2018, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross testified at a joint hearing of the House Armed Services Committee and House Science Committee on the topic of “Space Situational Awareness: Whole of Government Perspectives on Roles and Responsibilities.” View

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Statement of Secretary Ross on House Passage of Space Commerce Bill

Yesterday, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross issued a statement regarding the U.S. House of Representatives’ passage of H.R. 2809, the American Space Commerce Free Enterprise Act. View statement The stated purpose of the bill is (1) to enhance the existing

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