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NOAA illustration of NOAA satellite orbiting the Earth.April 13, 2007 The NOAA Office of Space Commercialization released its strategic plan designed to enable a robust and responsive U.S. industry that is the world leader in space commerce. The plan describes how OSC shall foster the conditions for the economic growth and technological advancement of the U.S. commercial space industry. (Click NOAA illustration for larger view of NOAA satellite orbiting the Earth. Click here for high resolution version. Please credit “NOAA.”)

"Strengthening U.S. space commerce greatly enhances our U.S. economic and national security," said Commerce Deputy Secretary David Sampson. "This plan will help drive investment and innovation in the commercial space industry."

"This plan outlines actions for facilitating U.S. industry development and reaffirms OSC's statutory role as the principal unit for space commerce policy activities within the Commerce Department." added retired Vice Adm. Conrad C. Lautenbacher, Ph.D., undersecretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere and NOAA administrator.

Under the strategic plan, OSC will assist commercial space companies in their efforts to do business with the U.S. government, seek to remove institutional impediments to space commerce and increase awareness of opportunities to promote private sector investment in U.S. space commerce.

"We are very excited to release the OSC Strategic Plan and look forward to continued stakeholder engagement during its execution," said OSC Executive Director Edward Morris.

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Relevant Web Sites
NOAA Office of Space Commercialization

NOAA Strategic Plan: U.S. Leadership in Space Commerce

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