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          Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross Signs Declaration of Intent with French Space Agency


          Today, on the sidelines of the International Astronautical Congress, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross signed a Declaration of Intent with Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales (CNES) President Jean-Yves Le Gall. The Declaration charts a path forward for expanded cooperation between the Department and the French space agency on space situational awareness (SSA), space traffic management (STM), and other important efforts driving the commercial development of space.

          During the ceremony, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross remarked: “As we quickly race towards a trillion-dollar space economy, our relationship with CNES and other like-minded institutions around the globe will become even more crucial. CNES has quickly become a strong partner on space situational awareness, and we look forward to further opportunities to expand our cooperation in the future.”

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          The Declaration of Intent formalizes the expanding relationship between the Department of Commerce and CNES, while acknowledging common objectives and our intent to conduct cooperative activities in SSA and coordination of other undertakings in space.

          The agreement outlines principles and goals for the relationship including:

          1.    Regular coordination and exchange of information regarding SSA, STM, and other space activities;
          2.    Encouragement of cooperative facilitation of research, exploration, development, and use of SSA and STM by public and private entities;
          3.    Agreement that, at this time, international regulation of space is neither desirable nor necessary;
          4.    Coordination of space safety-related operations; and
          5.    Signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between Commerce and CNES in the near future.

          Click HERE for the full text of the Declaration of Intent.


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