Washington D.C. – Today, Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) announced that they had begun their test flights for NASA’s Commercial Crew Development Program with a successful captive carry test of the full scale Dream Chaser Flight Vehicle in Colorado. “The first full scale test flight of the Dream Chaser is a significant achievement for NASA’s Commercial [...]
CSF Commends Sierra Nevada Corporation for the Successful Captive Carry Test of their Dream Chaser Flight Vehicle
Washington D.C. – The Commercial Spaceflight Federation congratulates SpaceX and NASA for the successful berthing of the Dragon spacecraft to the International Space Station today. NASA gave the green light for final approach after Dragon successfully demonstrated approach, pause and abort maneuvers, and other systems performance checks. SpaceX is the first private company in history [...]
The Commercial Spaceflight Federation Congratulates SpaceX and NASA on the Successful Launch and Orbital Insertion of the Dragon Capsule
Washington D.C. – The Commercial Spaceflight Federation congratulates Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) and NASA for a successful launch and orbital insertion of the Dragon spacecraft this morning. Dragon was launched atop a Falcon 9 rocket that lifted off from Cape Canaveral, FL and will continue to perform maneuvers and system checks, while maintaining communications at [...]
Washington D.C. – The May 19 launch of Falcon 9 has been aborted this morning, however the SpaceX launch sequence worked as designed. The Falcon 9 computer examined all the data from the rocket at ignition, and when one engine returned data indicating it was out of line with expectations, the computer automatically aborted the [...]
UPDATE: Press Conference Call to Discuss Industry and NASA Cooperation in Commercial Spaceflight – May 17th, 2:00PM EDT
WASHINGTON D.C.– The Commercial Spaceflight Federation will hold a press conference call on Thursday May 17th, at 2:00PM EDT with CSF President Michael Lopez-Alegria, NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver, and XCOR Aerospace CEO Jeff Greason to discuss the state of the emerging commercial spaceflight industry. With the next COTS cargo demonstration flight coming up this [...]
Washington, D.C. – The Commercial Spaceflight Federation today released the following statement from Michael Lopez-Alegria: “The funding level provided in the draft Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations bill produced by the House Appropriations Committee represents a commitment to the Commercial Crew Program that is greatly appreciated by the industry,” said Commercial Spaceflight Federation President and former [...]
Washington, D.C. – The Senate Appropriations Committee has released details of its draft Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations bill that provides $525 million for NASA’s Commercial Crew Program for the 2013 Fiscal Year, an increase from the $406 million provided in the final bill last year. The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice and Science draft [...]
Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) and Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) authored an op-ed published on Monday about NASA’s exciting future and the importance of supporting an innovative U.S. space program. In the article, they championed three priorities, including, “partnering with private space companies on new vehicles to transport astronauts and cargo to the International Space [...]
Astronauts, Researchers, Educators and Industry Leaders Show Support for NASA’s Commercial Crew Program in Letter to Congress
Washington, D.C: Former Astronauts, researchers, educators and industry leaders have expressed support for the Commercial Crew Program in a response to a letter written by several Members of Congress to White House Science Advisor John Holdren last week. Earlier this week, the Commercial Spaceflight Federation mistakenly released an early draft of a letter on this issue, [...]
Washington, D.C: Today, the Commercial Spaceflight Federation welcomed the strong support for NASA’s Space Technology program in the Fiscal Year 2013 proposed budget.
The Space Technology program is NASA’s investment in the future; by developing technologies to improve all aspects of NASA’s operations, it ensures that NASA stays at the forefront of space exploration and scientific research. The technologies it develops will also improve quality of life on Earth, sustain America’s global economic competitiveness, enable the NASA missions of the future and create high-tech jobs across the country.
The Space Technology program takes new technologies from inspiration to application, funding new technology research in the lab; testing it in realistic environments, including on reusable suborbital vehicles; and developing it for applications to NASA’s human and robotic exploration programs. Although the program has been in place and funded for less than a year, it is already developing projects in areas such as cryogenic propellant storage and transfer, solar sails, and aerodynamic decelerators designed to make NASA’s missions safer, more efficient, and more capable.
Federation Chairman Eric Anderson said, “These precious investments help ensure that NASA remains at the forefront of technology and exploration. The funds boost the U.S. economy; maintaining high-tech jobs in America and keeping NASA’s human and robotic programs strong.”
Because rapid prototyping, testing and evaluation are the key to a great technology program, one vital part of the is the Flight Opportunities program, which provides flights on new commercial, reusable, suborbital and reduced-gravity vehicles for research and flight-testing of new technologies. This type of testing effectively proves out new technologies before they are flown on missions costing tens and hundreds of millions of dollars. NASA has already approved projects testing a variety of technologies, including medical devices and fuel tank sensors, and recently issued a call for game-changing technology experiments to be flown on these vehicles as well. Because of the cost-effective nature of suborbital and reduced-gravity flight, NASA expects to fund around twenty projects with a total budget of just a few million dollars.
In a report released earlier this year, the National Research Council stated, “Success in executing future NASA space missions will depend on advanced technology developments that should already be underway. It has been years since NASA has had a vigorous, broad-based program in advanced space technology development, and NASA’s technology base is largely depleted.”
Executive Director Alex Saltman stated, “Continued funding for NASA’s Space Technologies program is critical. Without these technologies, NASA will be stuck with 20th century capabilities while advanced spaceflight technologies take root in space programs overseas.”
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 CSF’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 Alex Saltman at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 202.349.1121.
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