Executive Order on Small Modular Reactors for Defense and Space

On January 12, 2021, President Trump issued Executive Order 13972 on Promoting Small Modular Reactors for National Defense and Space Exploration. View order at federalregister.gov The Executive Order will further revitalize the U.S. nuclear energy sector, reinvigorate America’s space exploration

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Secretary Ross Op-Ed: Space Commerce Accelerating

Secretary of Commerce Wilbur L. Ross, Jr.

On December 16, 2020, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross published an opinion piece in Space News titled, “Space Commerce Accelerating.” The op-ed discusses the role of the U.S. commercial space industry in the new space race, notes the progress made

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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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White House Releases Moon-Mars Development Strategy

On July 23, the National Space Council released “A New Era for Deep Space Exploration and Development,” a strategy paper that supports an ambitious vision for human space exploration and development. “The U.S. vision for space is one in which

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O’Connell Remarks to U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Kevin O'Connell at podium with "LAUNCH" event backdrop

On December 3, Office of Space Commerce Director Kevin O’Connell delivered a keynote address at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s 2nd Annual Space Summit, LAUNCH: The Space Economy. Below are his remarks as prepared for delivery. Remarks of Kevin M.

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Secretary Ross Attends U.S.-Australia Space Cooperation Event

Secretary Ross and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison stand behind NASA Deputy Administrator James Morhard and Australian Space Agency Head Megan Clark as they sign document

On September 21, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross delivered brief remarks at a signing ceremony between NASA and the Australian Space Agency. The two agencies documented their intent to pursue a framework agreement on space cooperation, including Australian participation in

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NASA Opens Space Station to Commercial Business

On June 7, NASA announced a new policy allowing the International Space Station (ISS) to be used for for-profit activities, including manufacturing, tourism, and marketing. This is a change from previous policy that only allowed R&D in the U.S. elements

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DOC to Host Space Export Control Industry Day on April 17 (UPDATED)

The Commerce Department will host a public meeting on space export controls on Wednesday, April 17, 2019, from 1:00-2:30 p.m. in Washington, D.C. The meeting is being organized in cooperation with the Department of Transportation and NASA in support of

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Launch Mishap for Commercial Resupply Mission

A major launch anomaly marred yesterday’s attempt to deliver the next batch of cargo to the International Space Station (ISS) under NASA’s Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) program. It was to be the third CRS delivery to ISS using Orbital’s Cygnus

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Commercial Crew Transportation Contracts Announced

Today, NASA announced its selection of Boeing and SpaceX to transport U.S. crews to and from the International Space Station using their CST-100 and Crew Dragon spacecraft, respectively. Under contracts worth a combined total of $6.6 billion, each company will

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