U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao Announces Historic Commercial Space Transportation Reforms

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao today announced the publication of the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Streamlined Launch and Reentry Licensing Requirements Final Rule for commercial space transportation launches and reentries. “This historic, comprehensive update to commercial space launch

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Secretary Ross Addresses ACCRES on Final Remote Sensing Rule

Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross

On June 25, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross delivered remarks to the Advisory Committee on Commercial Remote Sensing (ACCRES), an independent advisory body to NOAA’s Commercial Remote Sensing Regulatory Affairs office (CRSRA). Secretary Ross spoke about the Department’s final rule

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O’Connell Remarks at June 2020 ACCRES Meeting

On June 24, Office of Space Commerce Director Kevin O’Connell spoke about the new commercial remote sensing rule at the 27th meeting of NOAA’s Federal Advisory Committee on Commercial Remote Sensing (ACCRES). Below are his remarks as prepared for delivery.

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Commerce Department Releases New Regulations to Support U.S. Leadership in Commercial Satellite Remote Sensing Industry

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Today, the U.S. Department of Commerce released new regulations to improve the licensing process for private U.S. satellite remote sensing operations, helping ensure continued U.S. leadership in a critical commercial space industry. View final rule at federalregister.gov The new final

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Comments Requested on New Export Licensing Rule Affecting Imagery Analysis Software

On January 6, 2020, the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) published an interim final rule to make certain items subject to the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) and to impose a license requirement for the export and reexport

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Secretary Ross Remarks to ACCRES

Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross delivered remarks at the June 4, 2019, meeting of the Advisory Committee on Commercial Remote Sensing (ACCRES). The Secretary discussed the ongoing rulemaking to overhaul NOAA’s commercial remote sensing licensing process. He told the committee,

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Due date for SSA/STM comments extended to May 23

The Office of Space Commerce has extended the comment filing date for its Request for Information (RFI) on Space Situational Awareness (SSA) and Space Traffic Management (STM) services. The new due date is May 23, 2019. View/submit comments at regulations.gov

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Commerce Proposes Streamlined Licensing Rules for Private Remote Sensing Satellites

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Today the Department of Commerce published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on Licensing of Private Remote Sensing Space Systems. View proposed rules at federalregister.gov Commerce is proposing a complete rewrite of its current regulations, last updated in 2006, to

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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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RFI on Commercial Capabilities in SSA and STM

Today, the Department of Commerce published in the Federal Register a Request for Information (RFI) via the Office of Space Commerce. The RFI seeks information from interested parties on: Specific capabilities commercial entities might currently and in the future provide

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