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Commercial Spaceflight Federation Statements on House Appropriations Committee NASA Budget

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 […]

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CSF President Michael Lopez-Alegria Written Testimony from Senate Science and Space Subcommittee Hearing

Commercial Spaceflight Federation President Michael Lopez-Alegria testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation Subcommittee on Science and Space this morning at a hearing entitled, “Partnerships to Advance the Business of Space.” Wayne Hale, Director of Human Spaceflight at Special Aerospace Services, Patti Grace Smith, an aerospace consultant at Patti Grace Smith […]

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The Commercial Spaceflight Federation Commends the Passage of New Mexico Spaceflight Liability Bill

Washington D.C. – New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez signed into law today a bill that will extend liability protections beyond spacecraft operators.  Through informed consent, spaceflight participants are accepting the risks associated with spaceflight. Should they incur any injury while participating in spaceflight activities, this bill will provide the necessary liability protection from lawsuits against […]

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The Commercial Spaceflight Federation Celebrates Risk-sharing Renewal

  Washington D.C. – The Commercial Spaceflight Federation today thanked Members of Congress for the extension of government risk-sharing for commercial launch companies. A bill to extend the current framework for one year passed the House and Senate in the closing hours of the 112th Congress, and has been sent to the President for signature. The […]

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Commercial Spaceflight Federation Applauds the Passage of ITAR Reform Provision

Washington D.C. – The Commercial Spaceflight Federation celebrates the House passage of the National Defense Authorization Act conference report yesterday with an amendment that will give the President the authority to remove satellites and related technologies from the U.S. Munitions List (USML), a significant step that strengthens American industries and preserves our national security. The […]

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California Governor Signs the Spaceflight Liability and Immunity Act

Washington D.C. – California Governor Jerry Brown announced today that he has signed into law the Spaceflight Liability and Immunity Act, AB 2243.  This law provides the necessary liability protections for compliant companies in the state, should any spaceflight participant who has acknowledged the risks sustain any bodily injury during spaceflight activities. Currently, Florida, Virginia, […]

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CSF Lauds the Passage of H.R. 4310 with Smith Amendment for ITAR Reform

Washington D.C. – The Commercial Spaceflight Federation lauds the passage of H.R. 4310 today, the National Defense Authorization Act, with Rep. Adam Smith’s amendment providing authority to the President to remove some satellites and related components and technology from the U.S. Munitions List, but calls for further progress regarding spaceflight participant training and the appropriate […]

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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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