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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.”

CSF congratulates SpaceX on this exciting announcement. The first commercial circumlunar flight of two private customers is a great example of American ingenuity, job creation, and innovation. The U.S. commercial space industry is helping to lead the way toward making space more accessible and affordable, while providing key services to NASA for its important national mission. Yesterday’s announcement by SpaceX is a bold step forward, and we endorse the expanding role that the commercial space industry will play in the exploration and development of space. It’s a wonderful example of how smart public-private partnerships with innovative American companies can inspire, open up new markets, create new jobs, and also support government missions and initiatives.

Washington, D.C.  – The Commercial Spaceflight Federation is deeply saddened by the passing of a great American pioneer and hero, astronaut John Glenn. The CSF and the Nation are indebted to Senator Glenn for his lifetime of public service, leadership, and the profound impact he had on our nation’s space enterprise and image around the world.

Senator Glenn was the first American to orbit the Earth, and was the fifth overall person in space.  He later set the world record for the oldest person to fly in space when he flew aboard the Space Shuttle in 1998 at the age of 77 as a Payload Specialist on STS-95. His historic role in opening the space frontier will never be forgotten.

“All of us in the commercial space industry seek to honor John Glenn by advancing further along the path he blazed for humanity in space” said CSF president Eric Stallmer.

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 Commercial Spaceflight Federation (CSF) congratulates the entire team at Virgin Galactic (VG) for the first successful glide test of the VSS Unity.” said Eric Stallmer, president of CSF. “This puts the VG team one step closer to their goal of making access to space frequent and safe. We are anxiously awaiting to see what great things they do in the upcoming new year.”

According to the team at VG, “this marks the the first ever free flight by Unity, the first SpaceShip built by our in-house manufacturing team.” Its flight was completed at Mojave Air & Spaceport, another CSF member company.

“This successful flight is a great accomplishment by Virgin Galactic, and another exciting step forward on the road to the coming era of commercial suborbital spaceflight.” said Alan Stern, Chairman of the Board of CSF and Associate Vice President of Space Science and Engineering Division at Southwest Research Institute.

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, DC – The Commercial Spaceflight Federation congratulates the Midland Development Corporation and Sierra Nevada Corporation on the successful completion of the Dream Chaser Spacecraft Compatible Landing Site Designation and applauds the continued economic development in Midland, Texas.

“We are thrilled about the marriage of these two CSF member companies as it demonstrates the continued cooperation, development and advancement of our industry.” stated Eric Stallmer, President of CSF.

An event was held today at the Midland International Air & Space Port, marking the announcement from Sierra Nevada Corporation.“Midland is already an FAA-licensed spaceport, making pursuit of Dream Chaser landing opportunities a logical next step,” said John Roth, vice president of Business Development and Strategy for SNC’s Space Systems. “We entered into an agreement to begin working on the Landing Site Designation earlier this year and are pleased to have successfully progressed in the process. Midland is now considered a compatible landing site for Dream Chaser commercial missions.”


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.

“The Commercial Spaceflight Federation (CSF) congratulates Virginia’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS), Orbital ATK, and NASA, on tonight’s successful launch of the Antares rocket and Cygnus cargo vehicle to the International Space Station,” said Eric Stallmer, president of CSF. “It’s great to see ISS commercial resupply missions flying out of Virginia’s spaceport again, carrying commercial payloads for companies including NanoRacks and CASIS, all working together to expand the commercial space enterprise in low-Earth orbit.”

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.