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Space Policy Directive-3

New Space Debris Rules Stalled By Year-Long Interagency Spat

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“Of all people, it’s the ‘space warmongers’ doing the most to try to sustain the (space) environment,” one DoD official said.

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As DoD Seeks Smallsats, FCC Eases Licensing

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“I see no reason why a satellite the size of a shoebox, with the life expectancy of a guinea pig, should be regulated the same way as a spacecraft the size of a school bus that will stay in orbit for centuries,” says FCC Chairman Ajit Pai.

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O’Connell: Debris Top Priority in New Space Safety Rules

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Space Situational Awareness (SSA) and debris mitigation can be seen as just “another high-end data analytics problem,” says Kevin O’Connell, of the Commerce Department.

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HAC Stiffs New Commerce Bureau for Satellite Regulation

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House appropriators rejected Trump’s plan to put satellite regulation under the Commerce Department and chide Secretary Wilbur Ross for his refusal to testify on the 2020 budget request.

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