President Signs Executive Order on Space Resource Utilization

Presidential seal

Today, President Donald J. Trump signed Executive Order 13914 on “Encouraging International Support for the Recovery and Use of Space Resources.” This order addresses U.S. policy regarding the recovery and use of resources in outer space, including the Moon and

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Posted in International Cooperation, National Space Council

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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Posted in Commercial Remote Sensing, Export Controls

Deputy Secretary Remarks from Space Enterprise Summit

Deputy Secretary of Commerce Karen Dunn Kelley speaking at the State Department

Deputy Secretary of Commerce Karen Dunn Kelley delivered opening remarks at the Space Enterprise Summit on June 26, 2019. The two-day conference, co-hosted by the Departments of Commerce and State, focused on innovation and investment in the commercial space industry.

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Posted in International Cooperation, Orbital Debris, SSA/STM

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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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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Posted in Export Controls, Regulatory Reform, SSA/STM

Commerce & State to Host Space Enterprise Summit on June 26-27

The Departments of Commerce and State will jointly host a Space Enterprise Summit in Washington, D.C., on June 26-27, 2019. The purpose is to forge partnerships with the space industry, and to promote U.S. Government and commercial best practices and

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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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Comments Requested for New Review of Space-Related Export Controls

On March 8, the Departments of State and Commerce each issued an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) soliciting public comments for a new review of space-related export controls. This action follows direction from the President in Space Policy Directive-2,

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ITAR Clarification on Satellite Thrusters

On October 4, 2018, the State Department issued minor revisions to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), including two changes related to space systems: In response to industry feedback, the State Department added a note clarifying that the rocket

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Plain Language Guidebook on Satellite Export Controls

Cover of the Introduction to U.S. Export Controls for the Commercial Space Industry

Today, the Office of Space Commerce and the FAA Office of Commercial Space Transportation published the second edition of their Introduction to U.S. Export Controls for the Commercial Space Industry. The guidebook provides basic information to help commercial space organizations,

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