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Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and Congressman Lamar Smith on the New Era in Space
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Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and Congressman Lamar Smith on the New Era in Space July 24 Event

Maintaining U.S. leadership in the face of global competition warrants a reevaluation of the U.S. political and legal landscape governing space. On July 24, Hudson Institute was joined by the Secretary Wilbur Ross and House Science, Space, & Technology Committee Chairman Lamar Smith to discuss the Department of Commerce’s evolving role in the space sector.

The web of national, regional and international institutions—organized to guide and serve an industry undergoing dramatic transformation—needs to be updated. Rising to meet this challenge, Congress and the Executive Branch have been working together to reshape the legal environment for the commercial use of outer space. Keynote addresses by Secretary Ross and Congressman Smith will be followed by a panel with senior government officials responsible for executing the reform agenda laid out by the Trump Administration.

  1. First video: Introduction by Hudson President and CEO Kenneth Weinstein and Keynote Address by Congressman Lamar Smith.
  2. Second video: Discussion with Secretary Wilbur Ross.
  3. Third video: Panel Discussion: Regulatory Efficacy & Efficiency in Space Commerce.


Hon. Wilbur Ross Speaker

U.S. Secretary of Commerce

Hon. Lamar Smith (R-TX) Speaker

Chairman, Committee on Science, Technology & Space, U.S. House of Representatives

Earl Comstock Speaker

Director, Office of Policy and Strategic Planning, U.S. Department of Commerce

Hon. Ian Steff Speaker

Deputy Assistant Secretary for Manufacturing and Acting Assistant Secretary for Global Markets and Director General of the United States and Foreign Commercial Service

Dr. Steve Volz Speaker

Assistant Administrator for Satellite and Information Services, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce

James Uthmeier Speaker

Senior Advisor & Regulatory Reform Officer, Office of the Secretary of Commerce, U.S. Department of Commerce

Brandt Pasco Speaker

Adjunct Fellow, Hudson Institute

Kevin O’Connell Speaker

Director, Office of Space Commerce, U.S. Department of Commerce

Dr. Joe Pelton Speaker

Director, Space and Advanced Communications Research Institute, George Washington University

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