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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Secretary Ross Remarks to AIA

On November 29, 2018, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross addressed the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) at its 2018 Fall Board of Governors meeting in Laguna Niguel, California. His remarks described the broad range of activities in which the Department of

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Commerce Provides Updates at 4th National Space Council Meeting

Today, at the fourth meeting of the National Space Council, Under Secretary of Commerce Karen Dunn Kelley reported on the Commerce Department’s progress in promoting U.S. space commerce and implementing the tasks assigned to it under Space Policy Directives 2

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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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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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Weather Act Addresses Commercial Satellite Data and Hosted Payloads

On April 18, President Trump signed the Weather Research and Forecasting Innovation Act of 2017. Section 302 authorizes the Commerce Department to enter into agreements for commercial weather data purchases and hosted payload arrangements. The legislation requires NOAA to prepare

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Law Restores Original Name of Office of Space Commerce

On November 25, President Obama signed the U.S. Commercial Space Launch Competitiveness Act. The legislation renamed the Office of Space Commercialization to the Office of Space Commerce (its original designation) and added several functions. The new functions include promoting U.S.

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Law Clears Way for Satellites to be Removed from U.S. Munitions List

On January 2, 2013, President Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013. Section 1261 of the law repeals the 1999 legislation that placed satellites and related items under the strict rules of the International Traffic in

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Report on Satellite Export Control Policy Reform

On April 18, the Departments of Defense and State released a report on space export control policy reform, recommending that many satellites and satellite components be transferred from the USML to the Commerce Control List (CCL) administered by the Department

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Satellite Export Control Legislation

On June 10, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 2410, the Foreign Relations Authorization Act for FY 2010-2011. Section 826 of the bill would authorize the President to remove satellites and related components from the U.S. Munitions List, except with

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