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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Results of U.S. Space Industry “Deep Dive” Assessment

The Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) has completed its analysis of the data collected through its “Deep Dive” survey of the U.S. space industrial base. BIS has begun publishing publicly available reports that detail findings and recommendations

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Second ISS Delivery Service Enters Operations

On January 12, 2014, the astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) successfully captured the first Cygnus capsule launched as an operational, fixed-price cargo delivery service. Orbital, which developed the Cygnus spacecraft and its Antares launcher, is one of two

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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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New Commercial Capsule Reaches International Space Station

On September 29, 2013, the first Cygnus spacecraft berthed with the International Space Station (ISS), becoming the second new cargo delivery system to be demonstrated under NASA’s Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) program. It hauled about 1,300 pounds of supplies

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