Menu

Members only

Your unique access to CSF latest content and events.

Washington, DC – The Commercial Spaceflight Federation (CSF) applauds Chairman John Thune, Ranking Member Bill Nelson, Space Subcommittee Chairman Ted Cruz, Space Subcommittee Ranking Member Gary Peters, Senator Tom Udall, and the entire Commerce, Science, & Transportation Committee on favorably reporting the NASA Transition Authorization Act of 2016 (S. 3346).

“The Commercial Spaceflight Federation appreciates the time, effort, and dedication the Senators and their staffs put into developing this bipartisan bill,” said Eric Stallmer, CSF president. “We will continue to work with the Senate and House to get a bipartisan, bicameral bill passed into law that supports the significant space endeavors being undertaken by NASA and commercial partners.”

The Commercial Spaceflight Federation 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, educators, 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  hosted its 5th in a series of Executive Leadership Forums on Tuesday, an open dialogue for policymakers, industry leaders and stakeholders to discuss key issues and opportunities in the commercial spaceflight industry.

The keynote speaker, Rep. Brian Babin (R-TX) said that, “Our nation’s history in space has always featured partnerships with industry. If we want to continue to benefit from the unique advantages that space affords, we must carefully craft a framework for the future that sustains America’s presence in outer space, not because of government programs, but because we are free, as private citizens, to explore, discover and use outer space.”

Rep. Babin serves on the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Space where he leads the national dialogue on America’s space policy. Rep. Babin coauthored The Commercial Space Launch Competitiveness Act, signed into law by President Obama in November 2015, that promotes American space commerce and creates new opportunities for job creation and growth in the U.S. space economy. He also serves on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

“On behalf of the commercial space industry, we commend Rep. Babin for his continued leadership on commercial spaceflight issues, providing a critical foundation for a sustainable space economy,” said CSF President Eric Stallmer. “We are grateful for the Chairman’s commitment to policies that will expand growth in the industry and preserve our nation’s competitive edge in space.”

“Thank you to the Commercial Spaceflight Federation and its members for allowing me the opportunity to discuss my views on the state of the commercial spaceflight industry and start a discussion on a vision for the future,” Rep. Babin said.

Visit the CSF website for additional information about upcoming Forums and events.

The Commercial Spaceflight Federation 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.

Washington, D.C. – The Commercial Spaceflight Federation (CSF) elected new officers and approved several new member companies at its bi-annual Executive Board of Directors meeting last week in Seattle, expanding its membership to 74 organizations.

Dr. Alan Stern of Southwest Research Institute was elected as the new Chairman of the CSF Board of Directors. Dr. Stern, who has been on the CSF board for 7 years and has played many roles in the commercial spaceflight industry, was recently named for the second time to Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in the World. In the past, Dr. Stern served as NASA’s Associate Administrator for science and participated as a Principal Investigator on 9 NASA missions, including the historic New Horizons mission to Pluto and the Kuiper Belt. Dr. Stern replaces outgoing chairman, Frank Dibello of Space Florida, who served two years as chairman. Read more of Dr. Stern’s bio here. 

“The future is very bright for commercial spaceflight, and I am looking forward to helping advance that future in  this new role.” said Dr. Alan Stern, Chairman of CSF.

Todd Lindner of Jacksonville Aviation Authority and Taber MacCallum of World View Enterprises were elected to serve as new officers on the Board. Tim Hughes of SpaceX, Sean Mahoney of Masten Space Systems, and Jay Gibson of XCOR were re-elected as officers of the Board.

New CSF associate members recently approved include EnerSys of Reading, PA, S.O. Witt & Associates of Ridgecrest, CA, and Vector Space Systems of Tucson, AZ.

EnerSys is the world’s largest manufacturer, marketer, and distributor of industrial batteries and related products. The EnerSys Advanced Systems division, which includes ABSL Space Products and Quallion, provides energy storage solutions to the aerospace industry. ABSL and Quallion design, manufacture, and test batteries that utilize both small and large format li-ion cells. Cells are manufactured in house or sourced via commercial providers for satellites, launch vehicles, and manned space applications. The business has provided batteries for applications such as the EMU Astronaut backpack battery, NASA science missions such as James Webb, and other military/classified applications.

S.O. Witt and Associates is leading the charge by specializing in private equity funding of advanced aerospace initiatives and clean renewable energy initiatives. With clients across the United States, S.O. Witt & Associates seeks to bring together various suppliers and OEMs to generate greater value to the total new space and renewable markets. Witt is the former CEO of Mojave Air & Space Port and an original CSF co-founder.

Vector Space Systems is a micro satellite space platform enterprise comprised of new-space industry veterans from SpaceX, Virgin Galactic, McDonnell Douglas and Sea Launch. Founded in 2016, Vector’s micro satellite launch vehicles enable space app developers to bypass the current rideshare payload launches and launch their satellite anytime and anywhere they want.  As a result, entrepreneurs and startups are provided with affordable and reliable launch-enabling platforms and vehicles for access to space.

“While in Seattle we were able to witness, first-hand, a variety  of amazing developments driven by the innovation of our member companies,” said Eric Stallmer, President of CSF. “As we continue to add to our membership base and with the addition of a new chairman of the board and new officers, we look forward to the year ahead as we expect many more exciting things to come.”

The Commercial Spaceflight Federation 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.

Washington D.C. — This morning, an anomaly occurred on SpaceX’s SLC-40 launch pad in preparation for a planned static fire test of the Falcon 9 that resulted in the loss of the launch vehicle and its payload, a communications satellite.  SpaceX has reported that, per standard procedure, the pad was clear, and that there were no injuries.

“SpaceX is a global leader in the space industry.  Lessons learned from today’s anomaly will help improve future operations and continue the expansion of access to space,” said Eric Stallmer, President of CSF. “We have full confidence that SpaceX will carefully investigate and remedy the anomaly, and safely return to launching as soon as possible.”

About the Commercial Spaceflight Federation

The Commercial Spaceflight Federation 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.

Washington, D.C. – The Commercial Spaceflight Federation (CSF) congratulates Moon Express, Inc., on its U.S. government authorization for a planned robotic mission to the Moon in 2017. This is the first time that a private enterprise has been licensed by the U.S. Government to venture to the lunar surface.

Moon Express first filed the application with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on April 8, 2016. The company then consulted extensively with the FAA, White House, State Department, NASA and other federal agencies before being granted the landmark license. The formal approval sets a precedent for the private sector to engage in peaceful space exploration in accordance with U.S. national obligations of the 1967 Outer Space Treaty.

Empowered by this government authorization, Moon Express will now be able to continue to make progress towards its ambitious goal of unlocking the resources of the Moon. As Moon Express CEO Bob Richards notes, “We are now free to set sail as explorers to Earth’s eighth continent, the Moon, seeking new knowledge and resources to expand Earth’s economic sphere for the benefit of all humanity.”

CSF President Eric Stallmer agrees. “We applaud the government for its decision on this critical  mission that will make possible humanity’s development of space resources. I am thrilled for CSF member, Moon Express, and anxiously await for this unprecedented milestone in space exploration.”
Moon Express is a privately funded space company co-founded in 2010 by space visionary Dr. Bob Richards, billionaire entrepreneur Naveen Jain, and technology guru Dr. Barney Pell. The organization aims to explore and develop lunar resources for the benefit of humanity. It partnered with NASA in 2014 under the Lunar CATALYST program. In October 2015, Moon Express announced a launch contract with Rocket Lab USA for 3 launches to the Moon beginning in 2017. In 2016, Moon Express announced an agreement with the US Air Force to utilize Cape Canaveral Launch Complexes 17 and 18 for the development of its spacecraft.

Washington D.C. – The Commercial Spaceflight Federation is excited to announce the addition of three new associate members: Calspan Corporation, Firefly Space Systems, and TIP Technologies.

“The commercial spaceflight industry is developing and innovating at an ever-increasing pace,” said CSF president Eric Stallmer. “With the recent expansion of membership we have brought on board three different companies focusing on areas ranging from systems testing, small satellite launches, to quality assurance software. This diversity is a testament to the vast reach and influence of the rapidly growing commercial space sector.”

For more than 70 years, Calspan has been supporting initiatives that drive domestic and global innovation. They are a world-class independent engineering services and testing company that provides its customers with knowledgeable staff, unrivaled processes, unsurpassed quality, proven facilities and reliable equipment. Its high ethical standards and values-driven culture are two reasons why Calspan is consistently requested to support industry-leading innovators across the globe. The company provided aerodynamic analysis of space access vehicles with its transonic wind tunnel for several NASA vehicles including the Space Shuttle. Calspan’s space vehicle expertise includes Stage Separation & Proximity Assessment Testing, Jet Effects Assessment, and Performance, Stability, and Control.

Firefly Space Systems is a rapidly growing Newspace company that is helping to change the face of the global launch market. Founded in 2014, Firefly’s team of over 140 engineers will help to  revolutionize the launch market by providing a dedicated and low cost launch option for small satellite payloads, a package which does not exist on the market today despite the rapid growth of the small satellite segment. To date Firefly has won its first launch contract from NASA, has begun to build and test hardware, and is on track for its first orbital flight in Q1 of 2018. Firefly is headquartered in Cedar Park, Texas, a 30-45 minute drive from downtown Austin, Texas.

TIP Technologies was a pioneer and continues to be the recognized leader in quality assurance software. Since 1989 the company has been developing and marketing TIPQA™, an integrated suite of enterprise quality assurance applications. TIP Technologies focuses on serving the needs of companies in regulated discrete manufacturing industries. TIPQA™ is a flexible, yet complete solution for manufacturers who view quality as a competitive advantage. Use of the TIPQA™ solution has resulted in proven, documented success by countless companies that demand delivery of highly regulated, quality products. The TIPQA™ solution allows customers to quickly adapt to changing markets and quality requirements with ease. TIP Technologies utilizes a proven implementation methodology to help ensure timely success at a fair price. The company is committed to the development and support of feature-rich and easy-to-use quality assurance software and the effective delivery of implementation and support services.

Washington, D.C. – Yesterday the House Appropriations Committee approved an amendment to the FY 2017 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (T-HUD) appropriations bill from Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA) to increase the funding for the Federal Aviation Administration’s Office of Commercial Space Transportation (FAA/AST) by $1 million. Building on efforts led by Representative Jim Bridenstine (R-OK), Rep. Kilmer’s amendment improved on the good foundation established in the THUD Subcommittee’s draft bill, bringing FAA AST’s appropriations up to the full budget request. Both the House and Senate Appropriations Committees’ FY 2017 THUD appropriations bills fully fund FAA AST at $19.8 million.

“The Commercial Spaceflight Federation applauds Congressman Kilmer, Congressman Bridenstine, and the members of the House Appropriations Committee for securing full funding for the Office of Commercial Space Transportation in their appropriations bill,” said CSF President Eric Stallmer. “Congressman Kilmer and Congressman Bridenstine are some of the most effective champions of pro-growth policies for the commercial space industry and we thank them for their continued leadership.”

The FAA Office of Commercial Space Transportation plays a critical role in protecting public safety while also encouraging, facilitating, and promoting the U.S. commercial space transportation industry. Providing timely reviews and approvals of licenses and permits for the commercial space industry ensures public safety is protected while technological advances occur that benefit our economy and further our civil and national security space interests.

About the Commercial Spaceflight Federation

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.

The Army Navy Club
901 17th Street NW
Washington D.C., 20006

One block from Farragut North Metro (Red Line) and one block from Farragut West Metro (Blue, Orange, and Silver Lines).

Map & Directions

Breakfast: Wednesday, June 15 at 8:00 AM

Coffee will be Served at 7:30

Deborah Lee James

Secretary of the Air Force

Bio Portrait

Deborah Lee James is the Secretary of the Air Force, Washington, D.C. She is the 23rd Secretary of the Air Force and is responsible for the affairs of the Department of the Air Force, including the organizing, training, equipping and providing for the welfare of its nearly 660,000 active-duty, Guard, Reserve and civilian Airmen and their families. She also oversees the Air Force’s annual budget of more than $139 billion.

Ms. James has 30 years of senior homeland and national security experience in the federal government and the private sector. Prior to her current position, Ms. James held a variety of positions with SAIC to include Senior Vice President and Director of Homeland Security.

Members, Government, & Non-Profits $35 per person. Registration can be completed below:
Buy Now Button

Non-Members $50 per person. Registration can be completed below:
Buy Now Button

Full Table (8 seats) $350 total. Registration can be completed below:
Buy Now Button

If you have any questions or would like additional information about the forum, please contact Jane Kinney at jane@commercialspaceflight.org or (469) 879-9503.

Washington, DC – The Commercial Spaceflight Federation hosted its second in a series of Executive Leadership Forums, an open dialogue for policymakers, industry leaders and stakeholders to discuss key issues and opportunities in the commercial spaceflight industry.

Friday’s keynote speaker, Rep. Derek Kilmer (D-WA) said that, “The commercial space industry is fueling growth today. It’s at the forefront of some of the most exciting new technologies that can create quality jobs and ignite a new passion in our kids for math and science.

Rep. Kilmer serves on the House Appropriations Committee and the Interior and Environment Subcommittee and Commerce, Justice, and Science Subcommittee.

As a leading advocate in the House of Representatives, Rep. Kilmer supports policies that enhance continued space innovation and job creation. He was a coauthor of the Commercial Space Launch Competitiveness Act, signed into law by President Obama in November 2015, that promotes American space commerce and creates new opportunities for job creation and growth in the U.S. space economy.

CSF President Eric Stallmer expressed “deep gratitude for Representative Kilmer’s continued support on commercial space issues and for his leadership in securing funding to enhance innovation. We are grateful for the Congressman’s leadership on policies that will expand growth in the industry and preserve our nation’s competitive edge in space.

In the 21st century Space Race, I want to make sure that our nation stays ahead of the competition. That’s why I’ll continue to push for policies that support the growth of new commercial space ventures and ensure that breakthroughs happen on our shores, not someplace else,said Rep. Kilmer.

About the Commercial Spaceflight Federation

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. 

Washington, DC – The Commercial Spaceflight Federation continues to grow its membership, announcing today the addition of a new associate member, AECOM.

AECOM is built to deliver a better world; they are the world’s #1-ranked engineering design firm by revenue, according to Engineering News-Record magazine. They design, build, finance and operate infrastructure assets for governments, businesses and organizations worldwide. As a fully integrated firm, they connect knowledge and experience across their global network of experts to help clients solve their most complex challenges. From high-performance buildings, ports, roads, airports, spaceports and infrastructure, to resilient communities and environments, to stable and secure nations, their work is transformative, differentiated and vital. AECOM has offices throughout the United States and their clients include NASA, USAF, DoD, FAA, SpaceX, Space Florida, New Mexico Spaceport Authority, and thousands of others.

“CSF welcomes the addition of AECOM to its membership. Infrastructure is extremely important to the future success of spaceports and adding AECOM’s expert voice to the conversation will be a great asset.” said Eric Stallmer, President of CSF.

CSF is excited to bring on such a prominent engineering services firm that has been integral in the development of spaceflight complexes such as Kennedy Space Center, Marshall Space Flight Center, and SpaceX’s various facilities.

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.