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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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Remarks by U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur L. Ross at the Sixth National Space Council Meeting

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Thank you, Vice President Pence, for the opportunity to update the National Space Council on commercial space activities at the Department of Commerce. Last year, there were 114 government and private space launches worldwide, the first time in three decades the number exceeded 100. The United States had 31 launches — including a record number of commercial launches — but China had 39. More than...

Remarks by Commerce Secretary Wilbur L. Ross at the Apollo 50: The Role of Intellectual Property in Space Commerce

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Introduced by USPTO Director Andrei Iancu. Thank you, Andrei, for that kind introduction. I am always happy to be at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and especially to celebrate the technology impacts of our greatest milestone of space. To those of you in the room who were part of the Apollo program — the astronauts, engineers, program managers, technicians — congratulations and thank you for...

Remarks by Commerce Secretary Wilbur L. Ross at the OneWeb Satellites/Airbus Ribbon Cutting Ceremony in Merritt Island, Fla.

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Introduced by Tony Gingiss, Chief Executive Officer, OneWeb Satellite Thank you, Tony, for that kind introduction. It’s great to be in Florida as the nation celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Moon landing. Everyone here remembers it vividly but a majority of Americans alive today had not yet been born when it occurred, so it is especially important to make them aware of its significance. It is...

Apollo 50: The Role of Intellectual Property in Space Commerce

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To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, the USPTO will host an event focused on space innovation, technology transfer from the Apollo missions, and an overview of the current administration’s policy on space exploration and space commerce. Mark your calendars and register early. Featured speakers include federal government executives, astronauts, inventors, and commercial space...

Remarks by Deputy Secretary of Commerce Karen Dunn Kelley at the Space Enterprise Summit

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Introduced by John Harrison, Senior Advisor and Senior Administration Official for Oceans, International Environmental and Scientific Affairs Thank you, John, for that kind introduction, and welcome to this exciting and historic summit. Secretary Ross was asked to attend the G-20 with the President, and is currently in route to Osaka, Japan. Please know, however, that he is very disappointed to...

Remarks by U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur L. Ross at the Paris Air Show Press Event at the National Press Club, Washington, D.C.

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Introduced by Tom Kallman, President and CEO of Kallman Worldwide, organizer of the USA Partnership Pavilion. Thank you, Tom, for that kind introduction, and thank you and your staff for all of the work you are doing to organize and promote U.S. participation at the Paris Air Show. It is my pleasure to be here to discuss the U.S. government’s engagement in the Show. It will be the largest and most...

Remarks by U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur L. Ross at the Advisory Committee on Commercial Remote Sensing

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Introduced by Dr. Steve Volz, NOAA Assistant Secretary for Satellite and Information Services. Thank you, Steve, for that kind introduction. And thank you, everyone, for your commitment to serving on our Advisory Committee on Commercial Remote Sensing. It’s always a pleasure to be with our nation’s top space leaders. Yours is one of the fastest moving segments of space commerce. I know that your...

United States and Luxembourg Sign Memorandum on Space Co-Operation

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LUXEMBOURG – The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and the United States of America today signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) that will serve to catalyze and significantly deepen cooperation between the two countries in the field of space. Étienne Schneider, Luxembourg’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Economy, signed the MoU for the Grand Duchy. Wilbur Ross, U.S. Secretary of Commerce,...

Remarks by U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur L. Ross at 35th National Space Symposium

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Good morning, and thank you, Tom, for that kind introduction. It is an honor to share the stage with so many luminaries of the U.S. space industry, and especially with Acting Secretary of Defense Shanahan. Thank you for those remarks. Our being here is a clear demonstration of the focus the Trump Administration places on one of our nation’s most prominent and important industries. The individuals,...

Remarks by U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur L. Ross at the National Space Council in Huntsville, Alabama

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Vice President Pence and fellow members of the National Space Council, thank you for the opportunity to update you on the Commerce Department’s activities following Space Policy Directives 2 and 3. At the Commerce Department, we see a wave of innovation occurring in all areas of space commerce, from remote sensing, to high-speed communications, navigation, weather forecasting, satellite servicing,...