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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 Deputy Secretary of Commerce Don Graves at The Economist’s Space Economy Summit

Hello and greetings from Washington. It’s my pleasure to address this summit and share how the Department of Commerce is helping to grow the space economy. It’s our job at Commerce to improve America’s competitiveness so that our companies can succeed in the global economy. The commercial space industry is one of our key strategic priorities, as we want to ensure the United States remains a leader...

Remarks by Deputy Secretary of Commerce Don Graves at the National Association of District Export Councils Conference

Thank you, Kendee, for the introduction, and thanks to NADEC Chair Jonathan Szucs and Vice-Chair Anne Burkett for your work to have us all here today. And thank you to all members of the District Export Councils across the country for taking time to come to Washington for this event. We are grateful for the work that you do to help exporters and future exporters back home. Your engagement in trade...

Deputy Secretary of Commerce Don Graves Attends 2023 Space Symposium, Provides Keynote on Importance of Space to U.S. Economy

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Remarks by Deputy Secretary of Commerce Don Graves at the Space Symposium

Thank you for that kind introduction, Tom, and thank you to the Space Foundation for inviting me to speak today. I also want to thank Jodi Slattery and her great team for putting together this event and extend my gratitude to Macy Miller and the team at The Broadmoor for hosting us and putting together such a great show. Before I dive into the meat of my speech, I want to remind folks of the...

Department of Commerce and Department of Defense Sign Memorandum of Agreement to Advance Coordination in Space

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The United States Departments of Commerce (DoC) and Defense (DoD) have signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) formalizing the organizations’ relationship for basic space situational awareness (SSA), space traffic management (STM), and coordination for civil and commercial entities. The agreement defines how the two departments will work cooperatively to implement the National Space Council’s Space...

Testimony by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo at the Senate Commerce Committee FY 2023 Budget Hearing

Chair Cantwell, Ranking Member Wicker, and members of the Committee, thank you for this opportunity to discuss President Biden’s Fiscal Year 2023 Budget Request for the U.S. Department of Commerce. The priorities funded in this Budget build upon the investments you enacted in Fiscal Year 2022, and I am grateful for your support as we look forward to accomplishing even more in Fiscal Year 2023. The...

Readout of Deputy Secretary Don Graves Meeting with Argentine Minister of Productive Development Matías Kulfas

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Today, Deputy Secretary Don Graves met with Argentina’s Minister of Productive Development Matías Kulfas and discussed establishing closer cooperation between the United States’ and Argentina’s commerce departments. Furthermore, they discussed developments in space commerce, potential collaboration to limit trade barriers, and participation in the upcoming Summit of the Americas in Los Angeles on...

Remarks by U.S. Deputy Secretary of Commerce Don Graves at the Department of Homeland Security Space Cybersecurity Symposium

Good morning, everyone! Welcome to the Space Cybersecurity Symposium, it’s great to be here with you. Thank you, Dianne, for that kind introduction. I’d also like to thank our expert speakers in advance for taking the time to share your insights. We scheduled this event for October because it’s Cybersecurity Awareness Month, and a time to focus on addressing one of the defining challenges of our...

Op-ed Commerce Department, NOAA ensuring U.S. remains a world leader in space commerce

by Don Graves , Deputy Secretary of Commerce and Richard W. Spinrad , Ph.D., Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere & NOAA Administrator The United States has long been a leader in space and will continue to do so. This is why in his first 100 days in office, President Biden renewed the National Space Council, which is led by Vice President Harris, to synchronize the nation’s civil...

Commerce's NTIA Releases Report on Current and Projected Federal Use of Spectrum by Space-Based Systems

The following is a cross-post from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) Every day, Americans depend on space-based technologies, which power navigation services, accurate weather forecasts, rural Internet access, public safety communications, national security objectives, and more. All of these technologies depend on a key public resource – radiofrequency spectrum...