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The Commercial Spaceflight Federation Congratulates SpaceX on their Historic Achievement

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 […]

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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 […]

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May 19 Launch Aborted; SpaceX Launch Sequence Works as Designed

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 […]

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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 […]

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Commercial Spaceflight Federation Supports Competition in the Commercial Crew Program

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 […]

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Commercial Spaceflight Federation Supports Increased Budget for Commercial Crew Program

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 […]

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Senators Hutchison and Nelson Celebrate Exciting New Plans for America’s Space Program

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 […]

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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, […]

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Commercial Spaceflight Federation Applauds Strong Support for Space Technology in NASA Budget

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 saltman@commercialspaceflight.org or at 202.349.1121.

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Commercial Spaceflight Federation Welcomes Continued Strong Support for Commercial Crew in NASA Budget

Washington, D.C: Today, the Commercial Spaceflight Federation welcomed the strong continued support for commercial spaceflight in the new NASA FY2013 budget.

Congress and the Administration have consistently identified commercial providers as the most cost-effective and reliable source for routine flights to low-Earth orbit, including transportation of cargo and NASA astronauts to and from the International Space Station. As recognized by a wide range of industry executives, scientists, and former NASA astronauts, among others, the Commercial Crew program is the quickest path to return Americans to orbit on American rockets.

Federation Chairman Eric Anderson said, “By partnering with private companies, NASA can regain U.S. access to space, while the agency continues to lead the world in exploration beyond low-Earth orbit. With a focused mission, NASA will be able to cover more ground with its limited funding, and get services to low-Earth orbit safely and cost-effectively.”

The second round of the Commercial Crew program was awarded in April 2011, and four funded and several unfunded Space Act Agreements are underway. All awardees have been building hardware and hitting milestones regularly, and last week, NASA called for proposals for the next round of competition, which is planned to take awardees all the way to first vehicle flight. Because these are competitively-awarded, fixed-price, milestone-based partnerships, NASA only pays for capabilities once they are demonstrated.

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 nearly $100 billion 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.

Executive Director Alex Saltman stated, “With the Shuttle fleet retiring last year, Americans look forward to the day when we return our astronauts to space on American rockets. We are pleased that the Administration is requesting the funding necessary to make that happen. Now it’s Congress’s job to help put America back in space.”

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 202.349.1121.

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