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Washington, DC – Tommy Sanford, Executive Director of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation, is joining Blue Origin, effective January 31, 2022. Sanford has served as Executive Director of CSF since 2014.

“Tommy has been an integral part of this organization over the past eight years during a period of substantial industry growth,” said Karina Drees, President of CSF. “He has led a number of efforts to help shape CSF, but more importantly, to get the commercial spaceflight industry the attention it deserved on the Hill and within multiple Administrations. I am grateful for his contributions to the industry and to the organization, and congratulate him on his new role!”

CSF will be expanding the team to meet the legislative and advocacy priorities of its member companies. In the interim, Drees will handle policy and outreach for CSF.

 

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About the Commercial Spaceflight Federation

The Commercial Spaceflight Federation is the leading voice for the commercial spaceflight industry. Founded in 2006, CSF and its 90+ 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.

Washington, D.C., Wednesday, November 19, 2021 –

The Commercial Spaceflight Federation (CSF) strongly condemns the deliberate destruction of satellites endangering humans in orbit and other spaceflight activities, which underpin our economy. Commercial operators make every effort to avoid creating space debris, recognizing the importance of environmental stewardship for all users.  CSF and its members are dedicated to creating a sustainable and safe space environment that enables continued human presence in low-Earth orbit and responsible satellite constellations to improve life on Earth.  CSF is committed to working with the US government to address space sustainability to eliminate the irresponsible and purposeful creation of space debris.

 

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About the Commercial Spaceflight Federation

The Commercial Spaceflight Federation is the leading voice for the commercial spaceflight industry. Founded in 2006, CSF and its 90+ 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.

 

CSF ASAT Statement

2021 Summary Report of the CSF MITRE Workshop and HRP for SFPs

Washington, D.C. – Thursday, November 4, 2021 – The Commercial Spaceflight Federation (CSF) elected new Board leadership and officers at its Board of Directors this week in Washington, D.C.

Caryn Schenewerk was elected as CSF Chair. Schenewerk is Vice President for Government Affairs at Relativity Space.

Mark Mozena, Senior Director for Government Affairs at Planet, will serve as Vice Chair. Mike Gold, Executive Vice President for Civil Space and External Affairs at Redwire Space, is CSF’s new Treasurer.

The 2021 CSF officers are: Sirisha Bandla, Virgin Galactic; Karen Cox, Maxar; Mat Dunn, SpaceX; Janet Kavandi, Sierra Space.; Travis Langster, COMSPOC; Taber MacCallum, Space Perspective; Megan Mitchell, Blue Origin; and Jillianne Pierce, Space Florida.

“We welcome Caryn and look forward to her leadership during what promises to be yet another extraordinary, record-breaking year for the commercial space industry,” said Karina Drees, CSF President. Schenewerk has extensive experience in space operations for several commercial space companies and working with federal agencies, the White House, and lawmakers on Capitol Hill on a variety of policy and regulatory issues.

Schenewerk succeeds Blue Origin’s Audrey Powers who served as CSF chairwoman since September 2020. “Audrey’s leadership, tireless efforts, and invaluable insights have been instrumental for CSF over the past 15 months,” said Drees. “Audrey has been a mentor to me – personally and professionally – particularly in my role as CSF president.”

This year marks 15 years since CSF was founded in 2006 with 10 member companies. As the leading voice for the commercial space industry, CSF has grown to 90 members. New members in 2021 included Astra, COMSPOC, and Redwire. Associate members joining this year included: Arctos, Burns and McDonnell, Foundation for the Future, GeoOptics, MyRadar, Solstar Space, USNC Tech, and Venturi Astrolab. Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine joined as a Research and Education Affiliate.

“We are extremely appreciative of the time and commitment from all CSF members — especially the Board of Directors and Executive Committee members — to guide and grow the organization and support policies that encourage commercial innovation and continued expansion to further democratize space for all,” concluded Drees.

 

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About the Commercial Spaceflight Federation

The Commercial Spaceflight Federation is the leading voice for the commercial spaceflight industry. Founded in 2006, CSF and its 90+ 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.

Due to the worsening condition of COVID and increasing government travel restrictions, CSF is postponing the 24th Annual FAA Commercial Space Transportation Conference until February 16th and 17th, 2022 at the Ronald Reagan Center in Washington DC. We believe a February 2022 date will better serve attendees, speakers, media, sponsors, and all other stakeholders involved.

Registration and sponsorship remain open for the new February dates and can be found here.

We look forward to seeing everyone in February 2022!

Washington D.C. – CSF President Karina Drees testified before the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation’s Space Subcommittee this morning in a hearing regarding space situational awareness, space traffic management, and orbital debris mitigation and the importance of space safety to a sustainable future for the United States in orbit and beyond.

Drees discussed a number of recommendations and reiterated the commercial space industry’s vital importance to mitigating and tackling the issues associated with SSA, STM, and orbital debris Click here for additional details and a copy of CSF’s full testimony.

 

 

Washington, DC – “CSF is encouraged by the initial details from the Biden Administration’s FY 2022 NASA budget request and looks forward to reviewing the full budget request later this spring. The proposed increase to NASA’s budget topline, continuation of the Artemis program and the National Space Council, and nomination of former Senator Bill Nelson for NASA Administrator send a strong signal of the Biden Administration’s early support for an ambitious national space program. America’s commercial space industry will continue to work closely with the Administration and with NASA to extend and expand the use of innovative public-partnerships and fixed-price commercial services contracts that enable a preeminent, sustainable space enterprise above the Earth and across the solar system.”

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About CSF

The Commercial Spaceflight Federation is the leading voice for the commercial spaceflight industry. Founded in 2006, CSF and its 85+ 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.

Washington, DC – “The Commercial Spaceflight Federation applauds President Joe Biden’s nomination of Senator Bill Nelson (Ret.) to be the next NASA Administrator. America’s commercial space industry looks forward to working with Senator Nelson to continue providing NASA with the world’s most innovative and affordable technologies and solutions to achieve its ambitious missions above the Earth and across the solar system.”

 

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About CSF

The Commercial Spaceflight Federation is the leading voice for the commercial spaceflight industry. Founded in 2006, CSF and its 85+ 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.

Washington, DC – The Commercial Spaceflight Federation (CSF) applauds the Senate for passing the NASA Authorization Act of 2020 (S. 2800). This bipartisan bill recognizes that NASA’s world-leading capabilities are greatly advanced through true public-private partnerships between America’s domestic commercial space industry and the Government. Public-private partnerships represent the most effective path to rapidly, safely, and cost-effectively study and explore our Earth, Moon, Mars, and the solar system.

“The Commercial Spaceflight Federation applauds the Senate Commerce Committee and its staff for leading the effort to pass this bipartisan bill by unanimous consent,” said Audrey Powers, CSF chairwoman, Board of Directors. “It sends a strong message that partnerships with America’s commercial space sector provide NASA with the world’s most innovative and affordable technologies and solutions to achieve its ambitious missions across the solar system.”

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Hon. Eddie Bernice Johnson Chairwoman, House Committee on Science, Space & Technology

U.S. House of Representatives

Hon. Kendra Horn
Chairwoman, Subcommittee on Space House Committee on Science, Space & Technology
U.S. House of Representatives

Hon. Frank Lucas
Ranking Member, House Committee on Science, Space & Technology

U.S. House of Representatives

Hon. Brian Babin
Ranking Member, Subcommittee on Space House Committee on Science, Space & Technology
U.S. House of Representatives

 

Dear Chairwoman Johnson, Ranking Member Lucas, Chairwoman Horn, and Ranking Member Babin:

I am writing on behalf of the companies and organizations that make up the Commercial Spaceflight Federation to provide our strong endorsement of the House’s Amendment in the Nature of a Substitute to the bill S.1694, the “One Small Step to Protect Human Heritage in Space Act,” and to thank you for bringing this legislation to the House floor today via the Suspension Calendar. Of course, Senators Peters and Cruz are to be commended for sponsoring the original version of this legislation and passing it through the Senate last year. We particularly appreciate the efforts of Pam Whitney and Tom Hammond on your professional staffs and Tristan Brown on Sen. Peters’ staff in focusing and improving this legislation.

The U.S. commercial space industry has achieved many historic firsts this year, but our eyes are focused forward on bringing new space products and services to market to benefit our customers in the private, public, and academic sectors. Just as we have shown we can deliver experiments and people to suborbital space and now to Low Earth Orbit, we are hard at work developing low-cost spacecraft to orbit and land experiments on the Moon. Several of our members are already working on designing, developing, and even conducting early flight tests of systems capable of landing heavy cargo and human beings on the lunar surface, enabling America to return to Earth’s Moon in this decade, this time to stay.

All of our companies, employees, suppliers, partners, and investors recognize that our efforts and accomplishments today and in the future are made possible because another generation looked up at Earth’s Moon and realized the Apollo program, a transformative human achievement the whole world looks back on and celebrates every July 20th. NASA originally created its “Recommendations to Space-Faring Entities: How to Protect and Preserve the Historic and Scientific Value of U.S. Government Lunar Artifacts” in 2011 in response to industry requests for guidance regarding planned commercial robotic missions to the Moon. Today’s legislation formalizes these recommendations and applies them to NASA-involved missions. We welcome this step and pledge to work with NASA to protect humanity’s first steps on another world, even as we enable many more astronauts, scientists, and entrepreneurs to set foot on Earth’s Moon and blaze a trail towards expansion of our civilization to this closest celestial body.

Thank you again for your work to support the commercial space sector’s growing role in advancing U.S. leadership in space, and we wish you, your colleagues, and all of your staff members a happy and safe holiday season.

 

Sincerely,

Audrey Powers

Chairwoman of the Board

Commercial Spaceflight Federation