Industry Groups Urge Increased Support for Office of Space Commerce

Three industry groups have written a letter to Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo to emphasize the importance of the Office of Space Commerce in supporting the U.S. space industry.

“Given the constant developments, from start-ups to new technologies in the space sector, and the uncertainties of the post-pandemic and changing regulatory environment globally, the space industry requires a strong U.S. Office of Space Commerce to drive continued growth here and abroad for U.S. space industry,” the letter said.

The document was signed by the Aerospace Industries Association, Commercial Spaceflight Federation and Satellite Industry Association.

(more…)

SIA: Act Now on Space Traffic Management, Sustainability

Distribution of space debris around Earth (Credit: ESA)

Satellite Industry Association says tens of thousands of satellites aren’t going to manage themselves

WASHINGTON, D.C., September 24, 2020 (SIA PR) – The Satellite Industry Association (SIA) today announced the release of a number of recommendations addressing the issue of space traffic management, with the goal of supporting a long-term sustainable and safe space environment for commercial satellites and spacecraft. 

The recommendations were included in a SIA White Paper titled “The Future of Space and Space Traffic Coordination and Management (STCM)”.   The White Paper shares SIA and its members’ views and recommendations regarding the creation of a modern STCM regime, capable of supporting long term space sustainability and continued innovation and U.S. space leadership.

(more…)

SIA Releases Principles of Space Safety for Commercial Satellite Industry

WASHINGTON, DC (SIA PR) — The Satellite Industry Association (SIA) today announced the release of a set of Principles of Space Safety, drafted to help protect freedom of use and long-term access to space by ensuring safe flight operations for satellites, human spacecraft and other space missions.

SIA is a U.S.-based trade association that for more than two decades has advocated on behalf of the U.S. satellite industry regarding policy, regulatory, and legislative issues affecting the commercial satellite business. 

(more…)

Space Coast EDC Looks to Ensure U.S. Leadership in Space

edc_logo
Brevard County, Fla., May 16, 2016 (Florida Space Coast EDC)
– The Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast (EDC) has joined leading space industry associations such as the Space Foundation, Space Florida and the Satellite Industry Association in the drive to educate congressional leaders on the critical role of the U.S. space program. Long-term support of our space program benefits the nation’s economy, security, leadership and high-quality American jobs.

(more…)











Senators Introduce Space Weather Research and Forecasting Act

On June 20, 2013, NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory spacecraft captured this coronal mass ejection (CME). A solar phenomenon that can send billions of tons of particles into space that can reach Earth one to three days later. (Credit NASA)
On June 20, 2013, NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory spacecraft captured this coronal mass ejection (CME). A solar phenomenon that can send billions of tons of particles into space that can reach Earth one to three days later. (Credit NASA)

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI), Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) today announced they are introducing the Space Weather Research and Forecasting Act, bipartisan legislation to improve efforts to predict and mitigate the effects of space weather events on Earth and in space. Space weather refers to conditions caused by naturally occurring variations in emissions from the sun, such as solar flares and coronal mass ejections. Space weather events can disrupt the electric power grid, communications networks, GPS, satellites and aircraft operations leading to serious economic and safety consequences.

(more…)











Satellite Industry Grew at 4 Percent in 2014

OG2 satellite (Credit: SNC)
OG2 satellite (Credit: SNC)

WASHINGTON, D.C., May 26, 2015 (SIA PR) — The Satellite Industry Association (SIA) today released its 2015 State of the Satellite Industry Report, showing a four percent growth rate in world satellite industry revenues in 2014, up from three percent in 2013. Globally, 2014 revenues for the satellite industry totaled $203 billion, up from $195.2 billion the previous year. Industry growth was led by the satellite services segment, which saw its revenues increase by four percent to $122.9 billion. Satellite launch industry revenues increased significantly, rising by over nine percent in 2014. Satellite ground equipment revenues saw growth of four percent, while satellite manufacturing grew by one percent over the previous year.

(more…)











Satellite Industry Continued Growth in 2013

SIA_logoWashington, D.C., May 19, 2014 (SIA PR) — The Satellite Industry Association (SIA) today released its 2014 State of the Satellite Industry Report, showing a three percent growth rate in world satellite industry revenues in 2013. Globally, 2013 revenues for the satellite industry totaled $195.2 billion, up from $188.8 billion the previous year. Overall industry growth was led by the satellite services segment, the traditional driver for the industry, which saw its revenues increase by almost $7 billion. Satellite manufacturing also saw significant growth, with 2013 revenues coming in eight percent higher than the year prior. Satellite ground equipment revenues saw modest growth, while satellite launch revenues decreased.

(more…)











Stu Witt, Dennis Tito to Testify at House Space Subcommittee Hearing

Mojave Air and Space Port CEO Stu Witt (Credit: Bill Deaver)
Mojave Air and Space Port CEO Stu Witt (Credit: Bill Deaver)

Mojave Air and Space Port General Manager and CEO Stu Witt will testify along with space tourist and Inspiration Mars Chairman Dennis Tito at a House Space Subcommittee hearing concerning commercial space on Wednesday.

Patricia Cooper, president of the Satellite Industry Association, will join Witt and Tito on the hearing’s second panel.

Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), whose district includes the Mojave spaceport, will be on the first panel.

The hearing will be webcast live beginning at 10 a.m. EST.

Subcommittee on Space Hearing –  Commercial Space
Subcommittee on Space
2318 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, D.C. 20515
Nov 20, 2013 10:00am

Witnesses

Panel I

  • The Honorable Kevin McCarthy, Member, Majority Whip, U.S. House of Representatives

Panel II

  • Ms. Patricia Cooper, President, Satellite Industry Association
  • Mr. Stuart Witt, CEO and General Manager, Mojave Air and Space Port
  • Mr. Dennis Tito, Chairman, Inspiration Mars Foundation











Satellite Industry Association Hails Speedy Publication of Draft Export Reform Rules

boeing_spacecraftWashington, D.C., May 23, 2013 (SAI PR) — The Satellite Industry Association (SIA) applauded the publication today of draft rules to reform the export controls for satellites and related items. The Departments of State and Commerce published draft regulations that would result in the transfer of commercial communications satellites and associated parts, components, and ground equipment from the more restrictive U.S. Munitions List to the Commerce Control List. The publication of these draft rules represents the first step by the Administration toward fully implementing the provisions to reform satellite export controls contained in the FY2013 National Defense Authorization Act that was passed by Congress in December 2012 and signed by President Obama in January 2013.

(more…)











Industry Groups Praise Report Calling for Export Control Reform


By Douglas Messier
Parabolic Arc Managing Editor

In a move praised by industry groups, a report issued by the Departments of State and Defense has recommended removing hundreds of thousands of items that are now part of the U.S. Munitions List, a designation that makes them difficult or impossible to export. Included among the items to be removed from the list are commercial communications satellites and their components, and some remote sensing satellites not considered militarily sensitive.

“Today’s release of the Defense Department assessment of the implications of normalizing export controls on satellites and related components gives decision makers in Congress crucial information on how reform can strengthen both our national security and space industrial base,” said Aerospace Industries President and CEO Marion C. Blakey in a statement.

(more…)