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The Commercial Spaceflight Federation (CSF) congratulates Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) on their successful Free-Flight test of Dream Chaser at Edwards Air Force Base, CA, with support from NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center.

The test verified and validated the performance of Dream Chaser’s final approach and landing phase of flight, modeling future returns from the International Space Station. This test signifies the completion of a major milestone and moves the program one step closer to orbital flight.

“Sierra Nevada Corporation’s successful test is an exciting step towards a commercially reusable spacecraft that will service and deliver cargo to the International Space Station as well as other destinations,” said Eric Stallmer, President of CSF. “We offer our congratulations to the SNC team and NASA on this important accomplishment which will further advance commercial capabilities in space.”

CSF congratulates Alan Stern on his induction into the Royal Astronomical Society (RAS).

His inclusion as an Honorary Fellow in the RAS was marked on Friday, November 10, 2017 after a formal announcement was made in 2015.

The position of Honorary Fellow honors individuals who do not hold citizenship within the United Kingdom for their service to astronomical science through distinguished leadership.

The RAS was founded in 1820 to further the fields of astronomy, solar-system science, geophysics, and other related branches of science. The society is renowned as a global thought leader on international research, publications and representation at  national and international organizations, in addition to its prestigious recognition of industry-related achievements.

Alan Stern, Chairman of the Board for the Commercial Spaceflight Federation, is being honored by RAS for the exploration of Pluto through his involvement in NASA’s New Horizons Mission.

“Alan’s continued leadership and subject matter expertise is a huge asset to both CSF and the commercial space industry as a whole; we continue to benefit from the many years of dedication and experience he brings to the table” said Eric Stallmer, President of CSF. “We applaud the Royal Astronomical Society’s decision to honor his commitment to advancing our nation’s leadership in space  and offer well-deserved congratulations to Alan on this prestigious recognition.”

The Commercial Spaceflight Federation is honored to partner with the Matthew Isakowitz Fellowship Program to help create opportunities for the next-generation in the commercial spaceflight industry. The Matthew Isakowitz Fellowship Program connects exceptional college juniors, seniors, and graduate students with paid, summer internships in the exciting field of commercial spaceflight, as well as with notable aerospace leaders for mentorship – many of whom are part of the CSF community. The fellowship will culminate in a summit that will allow the Fellows to meet their peers and network with industry leaders.

The Fellowship was created in memory of accomplished space entrepreneur and previous CSF Associate Director, Matthew Isakowitz. The Fellowship is designed to provide career training opportunities to students who embody Matthew’s passion for exploring our universe and opening the space frontier as enabled by innovators and entrepreneurs, a foundation shared by CSF and its member companies.

“Matthew’s spirit and commitment to furthering commercial space are clearly reflected in CSF’s mission, and it is an honor to be a founding Fellowship partner and sponsor an internship in his memory,” said Eric Stallmer, CSF President.

Applications for the Fellowship are now open and students who meet the following requirements are encouraged to apply:

Learn more about this exciting opportunity at MatthewIsakowitzFellowship.org.

Washington, D.C. – The Commercial Spaceflight Federation (CSF) has elected new Officers for the 2017-2018 year, and approved two new Associate member companies at its bi-annual Executive Board of Directors, held last month in Tucson, Arizona.

Dr. Alan Stern of Southwest Research Institute was elected for a second term as the Chairman of the Board of Directors. Stern is the Associate Vice President of the Southwest Research Institute’s (SwRI) Space Science and Engineering Division in Boulder, Colorado and the Chief Science Officer of World View, based in Tucson, Arizona. Stern previously served as the Associate Administrator of NASA’s  Science Mission Directorate, during which time he, directed a wide variety of research and scientific exploration programs for Earth studies, space weather, the solar system, and the universe beyond. Stern is a renowned planetary scientist and an author who has served as the principal investigator on a number of planetary and lunar missions, including the New Horizons Mission to the Pluto System and the Kuiper Belt. Stern is also the convener of the Next-Gen Suborbital researchers meetings, the next of which will be held December 18-20 in Broomfield, Colorado.

George Whitesides, CEO of Virgin Galactic and The Spaceship Company was, elected as the board’s Vice-Chair, and Karina Drees, CEO and General Manager of Mojave Air & Space Port, was elected as the CSF Treasurer. Todd Lindner of Jacksonville Aviation Authority, Tim Hughes of SpaceX, and Taber MacCallum of World View Enterprises were re-elected as Officers of the Board. Bob Richards of Moon Express was elected to serve as a new Officer on the Board.

CSF also voted to accept two new Associate members: the University of Colorado Boulder Smead Aerospace, and OneWeb Corporation.

CU Boulder is home to the Smead Aerospace Engineering Sciences program, a Top 10 nationally-ranked aerospace engineering education program. As the #1 public university recipient of NASA research funds, CU Boulder leads the national aerospace research agenda while preparing its graduates to join the aerospace & defense (A&D) workforce. In fact, Aviation Week’s 2017 Workforce Study designated CU Boulder a “preferred supplier” of talent to the A&D industry. Smead Aerospace’s curriculum emphasizes a hands-on learning approach that engages students in design projects starting in their freshman year, so when they enter the workforce they have the skills and know-how to hit the ground running on top of their in-depth, foundational engineering knowledge. CU Boulder and Smead Aerospace also serve as an industry partner in basic and applied research, providing testbed capabilities and helping industry achieve its research needs.

OneWeb is a pre-IPO company building, launching, and deploying the world’s first large scale LEO satellite constellation that will provide high speed wireless broadband connectivity all over the globe. OneWeb plans to deploy and operate a constellation of approximately 900 LEO satellites beginning in 2018.

“Thanks to CSF member, World View, for hosting our board meeting where these elections were held at its spectacular facility and providing the inspiring backdrop to hear from a variety of our members regarding their impressive technology advancements to further commercial space,” said Eric Stallmer, President of CSF. “As we continue to grow our membership and expand the voices of leadership on our Executive Committee, we look forward in anticipation of a truly exciting year ahead for our the commercial spaceflight industry.”

 

Washington, DC – Earlier today, Vice President Mike Pence chaired the first meeting of the National Space Council. The Space Council, comprised of numerous cabinet and agency heads, was briefed by industry leaders on topics of national security, civil, and commercial space. Blue Origin, SpaceX, and Sierra Nevada Corporation were among the Commercial Spaceflight Federation (CSF) member companies whose leadership briefed the Space Council. CSF also had a large contingency of member company leadership in attendance at the kickoff meeting.

“This Administration campaigned on an inspirational vision for America’s commercial space industry, and today’s National Space Council discussion represents a significant step towards furthering that goal,” said Eric Stallmer, President of CSF, who attended the meeting. “We are encouraged by the dedication and interest demonstrated by the Council today. We look forward to engaging the Space Council to showcase America’s commercial space technology, facilities, and expert staff, and collaborating with the Council to advance the Administration’s space agenda.”

About Commercial Spaceflight Federation

The mission of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation (CSF) is the leading voice for the commercial spaceflight industry. Founded in 2006, CSF and its 70+ 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. For more information, visit the CSF website or contact Jane Kinney at jane@commercialspaceflight.org or at 469.879.9503.

Washington, DC – The Commercial Spaceflight Federation applauds President Donald Trump’s nomination of Representative Jim Bridenstine (R-OK) as Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

“NASA needs dedicated and inspired leadership, and Representative Bridenstine is an outstanding choice to provide precisely that,” said S. Alan Stern, board chair of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation. Stern continued, “The Commercial Spaceflight Federation applauds this strong choice for NASA administrator and a bright American future in space.”

“Last October the Trump-Pence campaign outlined an inspirational vision for America’s space enterprise to explore and develop America’s 21st Century Frontier,” said Eric Stallmer, President of CSF. “The President’s selection of a strong and capable leader like Congressman Bridenstine is a clear indication that the Administration intends to make good on that campaign promise.”

“I have had the privilege of working with Mr. Bridenstine since his first year in Congress and have been very impressed with his deep knowledge of space technology issues and his record of strong leadership in promoting positive change. His wide range of experience will provide a welcomed perspective for all space stakeholders,” said Stallmer.

The Commercial Spaceflight Federation (CSF) announced today the launch of its Patron Program, a new membership program which enables CSF to more fully represent the commercial space industry ecosystem by including the growing number of individuals investing in the industry. The Patron membership category allows for individual involvement and support of CSF, as opposed to CSF’s Executive, Associate, and Educational membership categories, which are reserved for corporations, organizations, and other groups.

The Patron Program was established by CSF Chairman of the Board Dr. Alan Stern, along with space angel investor Dylan Taylor, a Founding Patron.

“As a non-profit organization, CSF continues to evolve our programs and services and welcome the opportunity for additional voices, expertise and support at the table.” said Eric Stallmer, President of CSF. “This new opportunity for individual engagement will increase our effectiveness as the leading voice for the industry and allow us to better serve our members and the overall industry. We are greatly excited by the participation in and support of the program.”

CSF is pleased to welcome the following individuals as initial Patrons: Esther Dyson (investor in multiple entities including Space Adventures (customer), Nanoracks, World View, and XCOR Aerospace (Director)), Dylan Taylor (Global Business Executive, Space Investor, and Philanthropist), David Wallerstein (Chief Exploration Officer (CXO) and Senior Executive Vice President of Tencent), Jake Cusack (managing partner of CrossBoundary), William Miller (Chief Executive Officer at Deep Space Industries), Bella Miranda (Executive Business Coach and CEO of Galactic Haven), Nova Spivack (CEO of Magical Corporation, a science and technology venture studio), and Chad Anderson (CEO of Space Angels).

Dylan Taylor has been elected to serve a one year term as a Patron Chair and will be on the CSF Board of Directors. Bella Miranda will serve a one year term as Patron Observer, where she will attend the Board Meetings and serve in an advisory role.

Interested individuals and the media should contact Dr. Alan Stern (alan@boulder.swri.edu) to inquire about the Patrons program and membership.

More can be read about the current patrons on our website.

The Commercial Spaceflight Federation (CSF) congratulates SpaceX on today’s successful launch of the SES-10 communication satellite on a flight-proven Falcon 9. This mission was the world’s first reflight of an orbital class rocket, and it represents another momentous milestone for commercial space exploration and utilization.

This Falcon 9’s first stage previously launched a successful cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station (ISS) for NASA last April, and now, less than a year later, has launched a high-value commercial communications satellite to geostationary orbit for leading global satellite fleet operator SES.

The United States commercial space industry leads the world in innovation, and, increasingly, market share of space services and products. CSF members have invested significant private capital to develop innovative, rapidly reusable technologies that are heralding a new era of lower cost launch and increased access to space.

“Last year, the Trump-Pence campaign outlined an inspirational vision for America’s space enterprise to explore and develop space as America’s 21st Century Frontier,” said Dr. Alan Stern, Chairman of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation (CSF’s) Board of Directors. “That vision called for expanding public-private partnerships and increasing reliance upon the commercial space industry to ensure America leads the way on the final frontier. President Trump’s FY18 budget request represents a good first step towards realizing that vision.”

“The commercial space industry is committed to achieving incredible things in space and launching a new era of American space innovation and leadership at lower costs, accelerated timelines, and best value for the taxpayer,” said Eric Stallmer, President of CSF.  “America’s greatest strengths include its ingenuity and innovation.  In an era of constrained budgets and fiscal realities, the commercial space industry stands ready to support the President’s agenda of achieving great things in space, leveraging commercial approaches and the rapid results that come with them.”

 

Editor’s note:  The commercial space industry is able to support the President’s agenda of achieving great things in space, leveraging commercial approaches and the rapid results that come with them, and can offer commercial capabilities and services that are briefly discussed in the attached PDF.

 

Download the PDF Here: CSF- Supported Commercial Capabilities and Definition Document

 

CSF applauds launch company Blue Origin and commercial communications satellite operator Eutelsat on today’s exciting announcement that Blue Origin will launch a Eutelsat satellite on Blue’s New Glenn vehicle. Blue Origin revealed key details about their New Glenn orbital vehicle, including innovative new features that will launch its first commercial satellite customer, Eutelsat, and improve access for commercial satellite customers. The New Glenn is American-made rocket, with a reusable first stage, that will provide reliable, low cost access to space, and help further US preeminence in commercial launch.

“We are excited to see Blue Origin enter the commercial launch market with the American made New Glenn orbital launch system, and their first customer Eutelsat,” remarked CSF president Eric Stallmer, adding, “Blue Origin is creating high wage, high tech American jobs that enhance US competitiveness in space. Once again, US private commercial efforts are leading the way in today’s space race.”