Administration Requests $15M for Office of Space Commerce

On February 11, 2020, the White House released President Trump’s budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2021. The budget includes a Commerce Department request of $15 million and 24 positions for the Office of Space Commerce, consisting of $4.1 million and

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President Issues Executive Order on Responsible Use of PNT Services

Presidential seal

Today President Trump signed Executive Order 13905 on Strengthening National Resilience through Responsible Use of Positioning, Navigation, and Timing (PNT) Services. The Executive Order seeks to ensure that the nation’s critical infrastructures build in resilience against disruptions to GPS or

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Commerce Secretary Issues Space Commerce Spectrum Report

Cover of the SPD-2 report

View report at commerce.gov (PDF) On March 26, the Commerce Department released a report titled, “Driving Space Commerce Through Effective Spectrum Policy.” The report, sent to President Trump by Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, makes recommendations for improving the global

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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 Signs Space Traffic Management Policy

President Trump signing SPD-3 before the National Space Council

Today, during the third meeting of the National Space Council, President Trump signed Space Policy Directive-3, the first National Space Traffic Management Policy. The policy provides guidelines and direction to ensure that the United States is a leader in providing

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Space Council, Advisory Group to Convene in June

Vice President Pence has announced that President Trump will host the next National Space Council meeting at the White House on June 18, 2018 View VP announcement at whitehouse.gov On June 19, the National Space Council Users’ Advisory Group will

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President Signs Directive on Space Regulatory Reform

President Trump, Vice President Pence, and National Space Council staff in the Oval Office with the signed Space Policy Directive-2

Today, President Trump signed a space policy directive to reform America’s commercial space regulatory framework, ensuring the nation’s place as a leader in space commerce. The directive includes recommendations developed by the National Space Council regarding commercial space transportation regulations,

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White House Releases Fact Sheet on National Space Strategy

On March 23, 2018, the White House released a fact sheet on the National Space Strategy, a document that puts forward a reinvigorated approach to ensuring U.S. leadership and success in space. President Donald J. Trump’s new National Space Strategy

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DOC Strategic Plan Prioritizes Space Commerce

U.S. Department of Commerce Strategic Plan | 2018-2022 | Helping the American Economy Grow

Yesterday, the Department of Commerce released its strategic plan for 2018-2022, reflecting Secretary Ross’s priorities for the Department. Strategic Objective 1.1 of the plan is to “Expand Commercial Space Activities.” It includes the following strategies: Expand the Office of Space

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President Re-Establishes National Space Council

On June 30, 2017, President Trump signed an Executive Order on Reviving the National Space Council. The council, chaired by Vice President Pence, includes the Secretary of Commerce as a representative of U.S. space commerce interests. View the Executive Order

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