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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Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross Signs Declaration of Intent with French Space Agency

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Today, on the sidelines of the International Astronautical Congress, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross signed a Declaration of Intent with Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales (CNES) President Jean-Yves Le Gall. The Declaration charts a path forward for expanded cooperation between the Department and the French space agency on space situational awareness (SSA), space traffic management (STM)...

Remarks by Commerce Secretary Wilbur L. Ross at the Space Startup Summit

Good morning, and welcome everyone to this exciting event. Given the amount of interest in this subject — and an unexpected onrush of registrations — we had to change the location to handle all the additional attendees. We are delighted that you are all here during one of the busiest weeks of the year for space industry conferences. Right now is probably the best time yet for space startups. In...

Remarks By Secretary Wilbur Ross at the Australia Space Agency Meeting in Canberra, Australia

Thank you for hosting us today at this beautiful observatory to discuss how our two nations are cooperating in space, the final frontier. It was my pleasure to be with Prime Minister Morrison last month in Washington during his State visit to the United States. I was extremely pleased to sign a Joint Statement of Intent with the Prime Minister at NASA headquarters to accelerate our return to the...

Remarks By Secretary Wilbur Ross at the AMCHAM Business Lunch in Sydney, Australia

Thank you, April, for that kind introduction, and thank you for your efforts to strengthen and expand the U.S.- Australian commercial partnership. It is my pleasure to be here. After having been in London, New Delhi, and Singapore over the past week, I’m feeling a bit like Mad Max! But we know that Mad Max always prevails; and the original is still the most profitable film of all time. I just...

Remarks By Secretary Wilbur Ross at the Signing Ceremony Between the Australian Space Agency and NASA

Thank you, Jim, for that kind introduction. It is my pleasure to be with all of you on such a beautiful morning in downtown Washington after yesterday’s festivities. Welcome Prime Minister Morrison, and your entire staff from Down Under. It is great that you are here in the United States. It is my honor to be with you this morning representing President Trump, Vice President Pence, the National...

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

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

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.

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

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

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...