Space commerce

The scientific discoveries resulting from space exploration have created new industries and technologies that improve our lives, our economy, and our national security. Technological advancement of commercial space activities has created profitable opportunities. However, current government regulations are an impediment to the commercial space sector. We will advocate for the industry to ensure the United States remains the leader in space commerce.

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Today, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur L. Ross, Jr. praised President Donald J. Trump’s new National Space Policy for recognizing the significance of the rapidly growing U.S. commercial space industry and for strengthening the Nation’s role as the country of choice for space commerce. “This new National Space Policy reflects the emergence of space commerce as a driving force for positive change...

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Introduced by John Thornton, CEO, Astrobotic Thank you, John, for that kind introduction, and for welcoming me to your impressive new facility. A special thanks also to Congressman Lamb, County Executive Fitzgerald, and Mayor Peduto who are joining us today. I am pleased to be here with all of you at the Grand Opening of Astrobotic. Congratulations! It is great to be in Pittsburgh. I am usually in...

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Commerce Applauds NAPA Study Reaffirming the Department as the Lead Agency for Space Traffic Management

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Today, the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA) released their Congressionally directed study, “Space Traffic Management: Assessment of the Feasibility, Expected Effectiveness, and Funding Implications of a Transfer of Space Traffic Management Functions.” The findings reaffirm that the Office of Space Commerce at the Department of Commerce is the best suited civil agency to perform...

Commerce This Week: August 6


Did you miss key news from Commerce this week? Each week, we recap the latest U.S. Department of Commerce highlights spanning a wide range of issues promoting job creation and economic growth, programs, and events in one blog post.

Here are the key moments from Commerce: This Week