Secretary Ross to Host Space Startup Summit on Oct 21

Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross

(Update to original post of September 26, 2019) PLEASE NOTE LOCATION CHANGE 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

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Remarks from AMOS Conference 2019

Kevin O'Connell speaking at podium

On September 17-20, the Office of Space Commerce participated in the Advanced Maui Optical and Space Surveillance Technology Conference (AMOS), a major technical conference on space situational awareness (SSA). On September 19, Diane Howard spoke on a panel on “Oversight

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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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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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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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Remarks from PSSI Space Security Conference

On June 11, 2019, Kevin O’Connell delivered remarks at the PSSI Space Security Conference in Prague, Czech Republic. Below are his remarks as prepared for delivery. The Role of the Private Sector in Space Security Fifth PSSI Space Security Conference

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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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DOC Export Control Industry Day Held April 17

Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross at podium

On April 17, 2019, the Department of Commerce hosted a public meeting to discuss the National Space Council’s ongoing review of space export controls under Space Policy Directive-2, “Streamlining Regulations on Commercial Use of Space.” Over 70 attendees from 60

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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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