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Rep. Jim Bridenstine Champions Commercial Spaceflight Industry in Keynote for CSF Inaugural Executive Leadership Forum

Washington, DC – The Commercial Spaceflight Federation today hosted its first Executive Leadership Forum, an open dialogue for policymakers, industry leaders and other key stakeholders to discuss key issues and opportunities in the commercial spaceflight industry.

Today’s keynote speaker, Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-OK), told the group that, “The commercial space industry holds enormous potential both as a tool of economic growth and reliable provider of services to government. The Commercial Space Launch Competitiveness Act is a tremendous milestone that will enable this industry to innovate and expand access to space. We must not let the momentum established by this law dissipate; Congress, together with stakeholders, need to continue proactively addressing issues that could serve as further impediments to commercial space.”

Rep. Bridenstine is a member of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee and the House Armed Services Committee’s Strategic Forces Subcommittee. Bridenstine is a recognized leader on commercial space issues and is a member of the Space Power Caucus and the Missile Defense Caucus.

CSF President Eric Stallmer reflected on the tremendous progress in the commercial space industry over the past decade and predicted continued expansion, particularly this year. “The technological advancements and continued innovation the last year alone have significantly raised the bar and created incredible excitement for our entire industry. We are looking forward to more successes ahead,” said Stallmer.

“The Commercial Spaceflight Federation, along with its member companies, have been critical to the policy successes we’ve had over the past year. I am particularly grateful for their work educating Members of Congress, such as myself, on the importance of the commercial space industry,” Bridenstine said.

“We are grateful for Representative Bridenstine’s leadership on space-related issues. We look forward to continuing to work with him and other congressional champions on policies that will further enable the industry’s progress and enhance U.S. competitiveness in space,” Stallmer concluded.

CSF and its members thank AGI for its sponsorship of today’s Executive Leadership Forum. Visit the CSF website for additional information about upcoming Forums and events.

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, visit the CSF website or

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