Washington, D.C. – The Commercial Spaceflight Federation is deeply saddened by the passing of a great American pioneer and hero, astronaut John Glenn. The CSF and the Nation are indebted to Senator Glenn for his lifetime of public service, leadership, and the profound impact he had on our nation’s space enterprise and image around the world.
Senator Glenn was the first American to orbit the Earth, and was the fifth overall person in space. He later set the world record for the oldest person to fly in space when he flew aboard the Space Shuttle in 1998 at the age of 77 as a Payload Specialist on STS-95. His historic role in opening the space frontier will never be forgotten.
“All of us in the commercial space industry seek to honor John Glenn by advancing further along the path he blazed for humanity in space” said CSF president Eric Stallmer.
The Commercial Spaceflight Federation (CSF) is the leading voice for the commercial spaceflight industry. Founded in 2006, CSF and its 70+ members are laying the foundation for a sustainable space economy and democratizing access to space for scientists, students, civilians, and businesses. CSF members are responsible for the creation of thousands of high-tech jobs driven by billions of dollars in investment. Through the promotion of technology innovation, CSF is guiding the expansion of Earth’s economic sphere, bolstering U.S. leadership in aerospace, and inspiring America’s next generation of engineers and explorers.