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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Commerce Participates in U.S.-Japan Space Dialogue

Kevin O'Connell (far left) and U.S. delegation at conference table

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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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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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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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 at U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Secretary Wilbur Ross speaking at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce LAUNCH event

On December 6, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross addressed the U.S. Chamber of Commerce at the LAUNCH: Industry Taking Off summit in Washington, D.C. Secretary Ross spoke about the growth of the commercial space industry and the ways in which

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Secretary Ross Visits Vandenberg AFB

Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, Office of Space Commerce Director Kevin O'Connell, Earl Comstock, and AF leadership in front of the CSPOC sign

On November 29-30, 2018, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross visited Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. Secretary Ross met with service members from the 18th Space Control Squadron, Combined Space Operations Center, Joint Force Space Component Command and U.S. Strategic

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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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President Issues New Space Transportation Policy

Presidential seal

On November 21, President Obama signed an updated National Space Transportation Policy providing guidance to federal departments and agencies on the development and use of commercial and governmental space transportation systems. The goal of the policy is “assured access to

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