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Remarks by Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross at A New Space Race: Getting to the Trillion-Dollar Space Economy World Economic Forum, Davos, Switzerland

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Good afternoon, welcome, and thank you all for being here to discuss the future of space and its immense economic potential. You may not know that artificial limbs, Velcro, solar cells, and water filtration were created in the first age of space exploration. Now, we have an opportunity to continue and even accelerate those benefits. The global economy is increasingly tied to services provided from...

NOAA Satellites Helped Save Record 421 Lives in 2019: Registered Emergency Beacons Proven to Save Lives

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NOAA’s polar-orbiting and geostationary satellites are part of the global Search and Rescue Satellite Aided Tracking System, or COSPAS-SARSAT, which uses a network of U.S. and international spacecraft to detect and locate distress signals from emergency beacons aboard aircraft, boats and from handheld Personal Locator Beacons (PLBs) anywhere in the world. Of the 421 U.S. rescues last year, 306...

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Concludes Successful 2019

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Throughout 2019, under the leadership of Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, the U.S. Department of Commerce and thousands of its employees worked together to maintain the safety of American citizens, fuel the continuing economic revival, and produce new data products while preparing for the 2020 Decennial Census. “During the past year, the work of the Department has proven to be essential to...

Measuring the Value of the U.S. Space Economy

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The Space Economy Satellite Account (SESA) is a new, collaborative effort to measure the relative importance of the space sector on the U.S. economy, with a special emphasis on the growing commercial space segment. This new account is part of the economic satellite accounts produced by the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA). A satellite account refers to statistics that complement BEA's official U...

COSMIC-2 Soars Into Orbit Aboard SpaceX Falcon Heavy Rocket

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The following is a cross-post from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration COSMIC-2, a mission of six satellites designed to improve weather forecasts and space weather monitoring, blasted into orbit at 2:30 a.m. ET today, June 25, from Cape Canaveral, Florida, aboard a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket. “The COSMIC satellites launched today will play a critical role for forecasters and...

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...

Remarks by U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur L. Ross at the Risk and Opportunity Space Summit Opening

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Thank you, Kevin, for that kind introduction. Good morning everyone, and welcome to the U.S. Department of Commerce. We appreciate your being here for the second in a series of summits we are hosting as we seek to build the space industry from its current level of $400 billion, to a trillion dollars. The first event last December focused on new opportunities for financial investment in the space...

Commerce Pledges Support for Commercial Space Industry

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Coming on the heels of Secretary Ross’s announcement of a new initiative to support space commerce, space-focused professionals filled the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C., on March 12th – 15th for the satellite industry’s annual meeting. On Monday, the industry heard from Secretary Ross about his plans for elevating space commerce functions within the department, a key...

How to Watch the Launch of NOAA’s GOES-S Satellite Today

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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) new GOES-S weather satellite is expected to launch at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 5:02 pm ET tonight. NASA TV will livestream the launch of GOES-S beginning at 4:30 pm ET. WATCH: NASA TV’s livestream of the GOES-S satellite launch. GOES-S will help the Department of Commerce achieve our 2018 – 2022 Strategic Plan’s objective...

GOES-S Satellite Launch Set for March 1: Five Reasons Why it Will be a Game Changer for Weather Forecasts

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On March 1, 2018, NOAA’s newest geostationary satellite will launch into space from Cape Canaveral, Florida. GOES-S (which will become GOES-17 once it reaches its final orbit) will significantly enhance weather forecasting capabilities across the western United States, Alaska and Hawaii and provide critical data and imagery of the eastern and central Pacific Ocean extending all the way to New...