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Commercial Spaceflight Federation Congratulates Winners of First-Ever Spaceport Infrastructure Grants Awarded by FAA

Washington, D.C. – The Commercial Spaceflight Federation welcomes the recent announcement by the FAA’s Office of Commercial Space Transportation that several U.S. spaceports have received funds under the inaugural round of the Space Transportation Infrastructure Matching Grants (STIM-Grants) program.

Several Commercial Spaceflight Federation member spaceports received grants as part of the first-year’s $500,000 total allocation, including:

* The New Mexico Spaceport Authority; to provide an Automated Weather Observing System;
* The East Kern Airport District in Mojave, California; for an emergency response vehicle; and
* The Jacksonville Airport Authority in Florida; to develop a Spaceport Master Plan for Cecil Field Spaceport.

CSF Executive Director John Gedmark stated, “The FAA’s Spaceport Grants program has been a major policy priority for the Commercial Spaceflight Federation. We see this program as essential to improving safety and maintaining the economic competitiveness of U.S. spaceports. This is the first year the program has received funds from the U.S. Congress, and we are pleased to see that FAA has moved promptly to award the funds so that spaceport infrastructure improvements can begin immediately. We look forward to seeing this program continue and grow.”

The press release issued by the FAA is available at http://www.faa.gov/news/press_releases/news_story.cfm?newsId=11919 .

About the Commercial Spaceflight Federation
The mission of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation (CSF) is to promote the development of commercial human spaceflight, pursue ever-higher levels of safety, and share best practices and expertise throughout the industry. The Commercial Spaceflight Federation’s member companies, which include commercial spaceflight developers, operators, spaceports, suppliers, and service providers, are creating thousands of high- tech jobs nationwide, working to preserve American leadership in aerospace through technology innovation, and inspiring young people to pursue careers in science and engineering. For more information please visit www.commercialspaceflight.org or contact Executive Director John Gedmark at john@commercialspaceflight.org or at 202.349.1121.