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White House Directive Seeks to Reform Commercial Space Regulations

President Donald Trump has signed a new directive that seeks to introduce reforms to commercial space regulations.

A White House memorandum published Thursday says the Space Policy Directive-2 would direct the secretary of the Transportation Department to review licensing regulations concerning commercial spaceflight launch and re-entry operations in collaboration with the National Space Council.

The policy would require the Commerce Department secretary to work with leaders of the departments of Defense and State, NASA and the Federal Communications Commission to evaluate regulations related to commercial remote sensing activities within 90 days.

Another section of SPD-2 would require the Commerce secretary to submit to the Office of Management and Budget a legislative proposal that would establish within the department a new office to oversee commercial spaceflight operations.

The policy calls for the executive secretary of NSC to assess export licensing regulations regarding commercial spaceflight activities and offer recommendations within 180 days.

The Commerce Department should coordinate with FCC and the Office of Science and Technology Policy to come up with a report on radio frequency spectrum regulations that could help build up the U.S. space sector’s competitiveness, according to the directive.

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