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“Throughout her years of service and leadership at NASA, Lori Garver has been a stalwart champion of commercial space and of the public-private partnerships that have begun to change the way the Agency does business,” said CSF President Michael Lopez-Alegria. “The innovations she promoted will serve the Agency well as it navigates a period of change and challenge. We will miss Lori in the space community and wish her the best as she sets a new course for herself.  I know she will continue to be a leader and role model in all of her future endeavors.”

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 saltman@commercialspaceflight.org or at 202.347.1096.

Washington D.C. – The Commercial Spaceflight Federation (CSF) applauds the Senate Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations bill approved yesterday by the Senate Appropriations Committee. The bill sends $18.1 billion to NASA for Fiscal Year 2014, including $775 million for the Commercial Crew Program and $670 million for Space Technology, of which $17 million is allocated for the Flight Opportunities Program.

“With this legislation, the Senate Appropriations Committee has recognized the key role NASA plays in American innovation, exploration, and inspiration,” stated CSF Chairman Stuart Witt. “We thank Chairwoman Mikulski and the rest of the Committee for their commitment to preserving America’s leadership in space and supporting the many American engineers and scientists working to bring the benefits of spaceflight to everyone.”

“I cannot overstate the value of this bill’s investment in the Commercial Crew Program. It will allow American astronauts to return to flight on American vehicles as soon as possible,” said CSF President Michael Lopez-Alegria. “The bill also funds development in space technology that will enable new NASA missions and keep the U.S. the technological leader in space.”

“America has always been on the forefront of space and technology, but countries like China and India are rapidly expanding their programs and looking to challenge the U.S.,” said Executive Director Alex Saltman. “NASA’s Flight Opportunities Program is a key part of the Space Technology Mission Directorate, facilitating the testing of new technologies and new modes of scientific research on commercial reusable suborbital vehicles.”

Commercial Crew Program

Congress and the Administration have consistently identified commercial providers as a cost-effective, safe, and reliable source of routine flights to low-Earth orbit, including transportation of cargo and NASA astronauts to and from the International Space Station (ISS). The third round of the Commercial Crew Program was awarded in July 2012, with three integrated system designs chosen for further development. Because these are competitively awarded, fixed-price, and milestone-based partnerships, NASA only pays for what is successfully developed.

NASA’s Commercial Crew Program will enable American providers to cut dependence on the Russian Soyuz for crewed access to the ISS, a facility that American taxpayers have invested billions to build. NASA currently pays Moscow more than $60 million per seat to access the ISS, a price that is expected to rise above $70 million in the next few years.

Space Technology

NASA technology development capabilities have shrunk dangerously over the last decade. The Space Technology Mission Directorate is revitalizing innovation at NASA, demonstrating technologies that will allow future manned and unmanned missions to destinations across the solar system. The program includes development and demonstration work at many NASA centers and at companies and universities around the country. The Flight Opportunities Program provides test flights for technology development and new space-based science that will further our exploration capabilities while keeping the U.S. competitive with other space programs overseas.

Washington, D.C. – Today, the House Appropriations Committee approved their Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations bill that allocates Federal spending for many agencies, including NASA. Unfortunately, the bill reduces funding for two important national priorities—investment in space technology and in commercial space transportation—from NASA’s budget request.

“Less funding for the commercial crew program simply equates to prolonged dependence on foreign launch providers,” said Commercial Spaceflight Federation President, Michael Lopez-Alegria. “As a nation, we should be doing our utmost to regain the capability of putting astronauts in orbit on American vehicles as soon as possible.”

“NASA’s investment in space technology creates tremendous benefits for space exploration, for the space economy and here on the ground,” said Stuart Witt, Chairman of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation. “It enables NASA’s exploration of the most distant reaches of our solar system, creates technologies that enable the next generation of commercial satellites and vehicles, and produces high-tech jobs here in America.”

“Though we believe this funding is inadequate, we understand the difficult allocation the House Appropriations Committee is working under,” said Alex Saltman, Executive Director of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation. “We hope to work with the Committee to increase funding for the Commercial Crew and Space Technology programs as the appropriations process continues.”

Congress and the Administration have consistently identified commercial providers as a cost-effective, safe and reliable source of routine flights to low-Earth orbit, including transportation of cargo and NASA astronauts to and from the International Space Station (ISS). The third round of the Commercial Crew program was awarded in July 2012, with three complete system designs chosen for further development. Because these are competitively awarded, fixed-price, milestone-based partnerships, NASA only pays for what is successfully developed.

NASA’s Commercial Crew program will enable American providers to cut dependence on the Russian Soyuz for crewed access to the International Space Station, a facility that American taxpayers have invested billions to build. NASA currently pays Moscow more than $60 million per seat to access the ISS, a price that is expected to rise above $70 million in the next few years.

NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate is revitalizing innovation at NASA, demonstrating technologies that will allow future manned and unmanned missions to reach new destinations. America has always been on the forefront of space and technology, but countries like China and India are rapidly expanding their programs and looking to challenge the U.S. NASA’s Flight Opportunities Program is a key part of the Space Technology Mission Directorate, facilitating the testing of new technologies and new modes of scientific research on commercial reusable suborbital vehicles.

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 saltman@commercialspaceflight.org or at 202.347.1096.

Washington, D.C. — Today, the Commercial Spaceflight Federation welcomed the strong continued support for commercial spaceflight in NASA’s proposed FY2014 budget.

Commercial Spaceflight Federation President Michael Lopez-Alegria said, “In the latest NASA budget, NASA and the Administration have continued to support a prompt return of American astronauts to the International Space Station on American vehicles. We are encouraged by the support shown for the Commercial Crew Program, which is now in a critical phase as complete crew transportation systems go through design, build and testing.”

“NASA also continues to look toward the future by prioritizing investments in technology through the Space Technology Mission Directorate,” said Commercial Spaceflight Federation Chairman Stuart Witt. “We have always had a world-class space program, and investments in technology, in partnership with industry, are needed to keep us there. Reusable suborbital spacecraft, in particular, are providing new capabilities that NASA is using to develop new technologies and to perform vital scientific research.”

Congress and the Administration have consistently identified commercial providers as a cost-effective, safe and reliable source for routine flights to low-Earth orbit, including transportation of cargo and NASA astronauts to and from the International Space Station. The third round of the Commercial Crew program was awarded in July 2012, with three complete system designs chosen for further development. Because these are competitively-awarded, fixed-price, milestone-based partnerships, NASA only pays for what is successfully developed.

The Commercial Crew program will enable American providers to free us from dependence on the Russian Soyuz for access to the International Space Station, a facility that American taxpayers have invested billions to build. NASA currently pays Russia more than $60 million per seat to access the Space Station, a price that is expected to rise above $70 million in the next few years.

NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate is revitalizing innovation at NASA, demonstrating technologies that will allow future manned and unmanned missions to reach new destinations. America has always been on the forefront of space and technology, but countries like China and India are rapidly expanding their programs and looking to challenge us. NASA’s Flight Opportunities Program is a key part of the Space Technology Mission Directorate, enabling the testing of new technologies and new modes of scientific research on commercial reusable suborbital vehicles.

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 saltman@commercialspaceflight.org or at 202.347.1096.

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“The Commercial Spaceflight Federation commends SpaceX and NASA for Dragon’s successful capture by the astronauts aboard the ISS this morning,” stated CSF President Michael Lopez-Alegria. “In solving the issues facing Dragon post-insertion, the team at SpaceX exhibited the  ingenious engineering tenacity that has become a NASA hallmark, and further demonstrated the industry’s readiness to perform the critical task of cargo delivery to low Earth orbit. Congratulations to SpaceX and NASA for the successful berthing of Dragon this morning; I look forward to seeing Dragon back on Earth.”

About Commercial Resupply Services

NASA awarded two contracts for transportation services to Space Exploration Technologies and Orbital Sciences Corporation in December 2008. The Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) contracts procured a total of 20 cargo transportation missions to the ISS through 2015 and are managed by the ISS Transportation Office.

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 visitwww.commercialspaceflight.org or contact Executive Director Alex Saltman at saltman@commercialspaceflight.orgor at 202.347.1096.

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“The Commercial Spaceflight Federation congratulates SpaceX and NASA for their successful launch of the Falcon 9 rocket this morning,” stated CSF President Michael Lopez-Alegria. “With  launches like this one, the private sector is delivering on its goal of creating a safe, cost-effective U.S. transportation capability to low Earth orbit, and we should expect to see the pace continue to increase in this industry in the coming years. Some difficulties arose with the Dragon capsule in orbit, but hiccups are common in any complicated mission, and I am impressed by the resiliency and ingenuity of the SpaceX engineering team as they work on the problem. I commend the entire team at SpaceX and NASA and I look forward to following Dragon’s progress for the remainder of its journey.”

About Commercial Resupply Services

NASA awarded two contracts for transportation services to Space Exploration Technologies and Orbital Sciences Corporation in December 2008. The Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) contracts procured a total of 20 cargo transportation missions to the ISS through 2015 and are managed by the ISS Transportation Office.

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 Alex Saltman at saltman@commercialspaceflight.org or at 202.347.1096.

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Washington, D.C. – The Commercial Spaceflight Federation congratulates Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) and NASA for their successful launch of the Dragon spacecraft this evening from Cape Canaveral, Florida. Dragon was launched atop SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket for the first of twelve Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) missions contracted to NASA. Dragon is carrying approximately 1,000 pounds of critical supplies, including food, water, scientific experiments and Space Station parts. In the next three days, Dragon will perform systems checks, and start a series of Draco thruster firings to reach the International Space Station, where it will spend the duration of its mission before splashing down on October 29.

CSF President Michael Lopez-Alegria stated, “SpaceX and NASA should be commended for their success in the launch today. As commercial spaceflight becomes familiar, we shouldn’t forget the difficulty of the task being addressed by the private sector. This is the third successful launch of the Dragon spacecraft and the fourth consecutive successful launch of the Falcon 9 rocket.  SpaceX’s hard work, dedication and its incredible partnership with NASA should be commended.  Congratulations to the entire team at SpaceX and NASA for their successful launch and I look forward to seeing many more under the CRS program.”

About Commercial Resupply Services

NASA awarded two contracts for transportation services to Space Exploration Technologies and Orbital Sciences Corporation in December 2008. The Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) contracts procured a total of 20 cargo transportation missions to the ISS through 2015 and are managed by the ISS Transportation Office.

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 Alex Saltman at saltman@commercialspaceflight.org or at 202.349.1121.

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Washington D.C. – The Commercial Spaceflight Federation applauds the team of explorers from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, industry, and throughout NASA, that has successfully delivered the Curiosity rover to the surface of Mars. The Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) landed on the Martian surface at 1:31AM ET today after launching from Cape Canaveral in November.

“Curiosity is NASA’s next great explorer, a technological wonder that will bring Mars into laboratories and living rooms across the country,” said Michael Lopez-Alegria, President of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation. “Thousands of people designed, developed, built and delivered Curiosity, and they all deserve our acclaim. Congratulations, in particular, to the scientists and engineers of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, who have led their team to such an inspiring achievement.”

Many CSF companies were involved in the successful delivery of MSL to Mars. Back in November, MSL began its journey atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket. Sierra Nevada Corporation and Aerojet worked on key components of the rover such as the descent brake and descent engines, respectively, among others. And Planetary Resources was a JPL contractor that assisted with various aspects of the MSL program.

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 Alex Saltman at saltman@commercialspaceflight.org or at 202.349.1121.

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Washington D.C. – The Commercial Spaceflight Federation congratulates NASA and the winners of the Commercial Crew Integrated Capability (CCICap) competition, announced today. This announcement is the latest stage in NASA’s innovative Commercial Crew Program, which is designed to return American astronauts to American space vehicles as soon as possible.

“Our congratulations to the winners of this round of competition,” said Michael Lopez-Alegria, President of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation. “The Commercial Crew Program is a public-private partnership that provides big benefits for government, industry and the American people. With these awards, NASA gets an important service for significantly lower cost, the commercial spaceflight sector gets an anchor tenant, and Americans get our astronauts flying to space on American vehicles again. The last round of awards has been a big success, and I’m confident that the next two years will see great accomplishments as companies achieve the milestones announced today.”

“These awards are the next step in bringing human spaceflight back to America,” said Eric Anderson, Chairman of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation. “Through this competitive program, American companies will provide safe, reliable and routine flights to low-Earth orbit, allowing NASA to concentrate on deep space exploration.”

“It is important to keep in mind that the commercial space industry is much larger than just one NASA program. I anticipate that companies who did not compete or receive an award in this round will continue to pursue other markets for their services,” continued Mr. Anderson.

Competitors submitted bids in March and NASA has announced today three agreements totaling approximately $1.1 billion, with Sierra Nevada Corporation, Space Exploration Technologies, and The Boeing Company.

The Commercial Crew Program is a competitive public-private partnership, in which the companies develop and build vehicles to meet NASA’s stringent requirements for human spaceflight, including safety requirements, and NASA provides funding as fixed milestones are met. The awards announced today were for the third round of this program, the Commercial Crew Integrated Capability (CCICap), which will continue to use Space Act Agreements to procure development of a complete Crew Transportation System to low-Earth orbit. Unlike in standard procurements, these agreements fix cost ahead of time, providing fiscal certainty to the government in difficult economic conditions.  The costs associated with any delays due to the technical difficulty of the job are borne by the contractor. For more details on the program see: http://www.nasa.gov/offices/c3po/home/.

For interview requests for Michael Lopez-Alegria, please contact Alex Saltman at saltman@commercialspaceflight.org.

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 Alex Saltman at saltman@commercialspaceflight.org or at 202.349.1121.

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“Sally Ride was a hero and a role model admired by all in the space community, and we are deeply saddened by her passing. She was not only a pioneer in space, but also in inspiring young people to study math, science and engineering. We send our condolences to her family, but take comfort in knowing that though she has left us her legacy lives on.”

Michael Lopez-Alegria
Commercial Spaceflight Federation