Testimony from Senate Hearing on the Emerging Space Environment

On May 14, Director Kevin O’Connell of the Office of Space Commerce testified before the Senate Commerce Committee at a hearing on “The Emerging Space Environment: Operational, Technical, and Policy Challenges.” He stated that the future space operating environment will

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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 from 5th Space Council Meeting

On March 26, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross attended the fifth meeting of the National Space Council in Huntsville, Alabama, to provide updates on the Commerce Department’s continuing implementation of Space Policy Directives 2 and 3. View his remarks at

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Testimony from Senate Hearing on U.S. Space Leadership

Kevin O'Connell gesturing while speaking

On March 13, 2019, Kevin O’Connell of the Office of Space Commerce testified before the Senate Commerce Committee for a hearing on “The New Space Race: Ensuring U.S. Global Leadership on the Final Frontier.” Below is his opening statement as

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Remarks from Japan Space Forum

On February 28, 2019, Kevin O’Connell delivered remarks at a space sustainability forum hosted by the Government of Japan. Below are his remarks as prepared for delivery. Remarks of Kevin M. O’Connell Director, Office of Space Commerce U.S. Department of

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Secretary Ross Hosts Space Investment Summit

Secretary Ross with panelists in front of audience

On December 12, 2018, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross hosted a Space Investment Summit at the Department of Commerce, bringing together leaders from the commercial space industry and the finance community to learn about each others’ needs. Secretary Ross moderated a

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Secretary Ross Remarks at U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Secretary Wilbur Ross speaking at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce LAUNCH event

On December 6, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross addressed the U.S. Chamber of Commerce at the LAUNCH: Industry Taking Off summit in Washington, D.C. Secretary Ross spoke about the growth of the commercial space industry and the ways in which

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Advancing Space Commerce: What Does “Light Touch, Permissive Regulation” Mean?

Kevin O'Connell addressing the Galloway Symposium audience

On December 5, 2018, Kevin O’Connell delivered a keynote address at the 13th Annual Eilene M. Galloway Memorial Symposium held in Washington, D.C., by the International Institute of Space Law. Below are his remarks as prepared for delivery. Good morning,

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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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Remarks on the Trillion Dollar Space Economy

On November 27, 2018, Kevin O’Connell delivered a keynote address at the SpaceCom 2018 conference in Houston, Texas. Below are his remarks as prepared for delivery. Good morning, ladies and gentlemen. My name is Kevin O’Connell, and I am the

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