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Commerce Dept Proposes New Office to Oversee Commercial Space Activities

The Commerce Department has proposed to Congress its plan to create a new office to manage commercial space operations.

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross announced on Thursday the proposal to establish the Space Policy Advancing Commercial Enterprise Administration office in line with President Donald Trump’s signing of the Space Policy Directive-2 that aims to introduce reforms to commercial space regulations, the department said Thursday.

“A burgeoning commercial space market is imperative to creating jobs, promoting economic growth and ensuring national security,” Ross said.

Ross has ordered the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Institute of Standards and Technology and other bureaus and agencies with space responsibilities within the department to designate a liaison to the new office to facilitate coordination on commercial spaceflight activities.

The new proposal would also direct the SPACE Administration office to house NOAA’s commercial remote sensing regulatory affairs office and the department’s office of space commerce.

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