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Washington, D.C. – The Commercial Spaceflight Federation is pleased to announce the addition of three new organizations to its membership. ABL Space Systems has joined as an Executive Member, and Spire Global and HelicitySpace have joined as Associate Members.
 
“The addition of these three members is a testament to the diversity, continued growth and development of the commercial spaceflight sector,” stated CSF President Eric Stallmer. “Each new member represents a unique segment of our industry, and we look forward to having their expertise and strategic insights as a part of our membership.”
The addition of the 3 new companies expands the CSF membership to 90 companies and organizations. The new CSF Members announced today are:
ABL Space Systems (https://www.ablspacesystems.com/)
ABL Space Systems was founded by former SpaceX engineering leaders in 2017 to develop low-cost launch vehicles for the small satellite industry. ABL is headquartered in El Segundo, California, where it has 30,000 square feet of facilities for research, development, and production. ABL has established a test site in St. Marys, Georgia with 10,000 square feet of integration and testing facilities on a 200 acre site. ABL is a team of over 20 world-class aerospace engineers with experience at SpaceX, Virgin Orbit, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Pratt + Whitney, and elsewhere. ABL is a privately-owned corporation backed by a premier group of private equity investors.
Spire Global (https://spire.com/)
Spire Global, Inc. is a data and analytics company that collects data from space to solve problems on Earth. Owning and operating one of the largest satellite constellations in the world, Spire identifies, tracks, and predicts the movement of the world’s resources and weather systems so that businesses and governments can make smart decisions.
HelicitySpace (https://www.helicityspace.com/)
HelicitySpace Corp develops in-space propulsion and power technology critical to humanity’s expansion into the solar system.
The company is developing high power electric propulsion thrusters which unlock fusion energy during the exhaust process. The IP is novel, and of high strategic interest. The company is currently exploring setting up operations at NASA Ames, and is in close contact with Caltech.

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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. For more information please visit www.commercialspaceflight.org.
 
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Washington, DC – “The House’s proposed funding for the Human Landing System (HLS) program is a key first step in the Fiscal Year 2021 appropriations process. Leveraging the successes learned from the Commercial Crew and Cargo programs, HLS incorporates commercial competition and fixed-price, public-private partnerships to improve safety, accelerate innovation, and reduce costs compared to traditional acquisition approaches. CSF looks forward to continuing to work with Congress to fund the HLS program and commercial partnerships at a level that ensures NASA has the resources to land the first woman and next man on the Moon by 2024.”

 

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Washington, DC — The Commercial Spaceflight Federation applauds NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine’s announcement that NASA will develop a process to fly NASA employees, including its astronauts and researchers, on commercial suborbital spacecraft. Commercial spaceflight companies have been leading the world in cutting-edge suborbital research in partnership with NASA’s Flight Opportunities program, and today’s Request For Information (RFI) is another opportunity to expand that leadership.

“At a time when a growing number of commercial space companies are providing cost-effective and frequent access to microgravity environments in suborbital, orbital, and deep space, it is important for NASA to fully utilize these innovative capabilities to contribute to NASA’s broad portfolio of science, exploration, education, and technology development missions,” said Eric Stallmer, President of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation.  “Administrator Bridenstine’s announcement and NASA’s RFI is another step towards achieving that goal. We applaud and thank Administrator Bridenstine for his leadership and look forward to working with the agency to advance this exciting capability to fly NASA astronauts.”

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Washington, DC — This morning, Space Perspective announced its plans to launch from the Shuttle Landing Facility at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The human space flight company will fly passengers and research payloads to the edge of space with its Spaceship Neptune, a high-performance balloon and pressurized capsule. 

“CSF commends the partnership between Space Perspective and Space Florida as they reach an agreement to begin establishing an Operations Center at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center,” said Eric Stallmer, President of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation. “This announcement is a great opportunity for the Space Coast as a fresh capability will now be offered in the realm of space tourism and research. We are looking forward to witnessing the first un-crewed test flight in early 2021 as this accomplishment will continue to deliver exciting endeavors and opportunities to the commercial space industry.” 

For Space Perspective’s full press release, click here.

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Washington, DC– This afternoon, SpaceX successfully launched NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley into orbit. The Demo-2 mission is a historic achievement for the nation and a milestone in the history of spaceflight. It highlights the importance of the commercial spaceflight industry in advancing American leadership and facilitating economic expansion in space.

“CSF applauds SpaceX and NASA for today’s successful Demo-2 launch,” said CSF President, Eric Stallmer. “This accomplishment is a historic achievement and a testament to the incredible capabilities of America’s commercial spaceflight industry, which is leveraging private capital and innovation to deliver the world’s safest and most capable space systems and to advance American leadership in space. Crew Dragon is now on its way to the International Space Station, and we wish SpaceX and NASA continued success during the rest of the Demo-2 mission.”

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Washington, DC — The Commercial Spaceflight Federation today praised the Department of Commerce’s release this week of a rulemaking that dramatically reforms the U.S. government’s regulation of the U.S. commercial remote sensing industry.

“We wish to thank Secretary Wilbur Ross, the Office of Space Commerce and its Director Kevin O’Connell, and NOAA’s Office of Commercial Remote Sensing Regulatory Affairs for publishing this forward-leaning, streamlined set of rules for this growing and important industry,”  declared Eric Stallmer, President of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation. “And we again thank Vice President Pence, the National Space Council, and its Executive Secretary Scott Pace for issuing Space Policy Directive 2 two years ago, which focused agencies across the government to minimize regulatory burden and streamline oversight.”

Up until now, the U.S. remote sensing industry has been governed by legislation and regulations written in the early 1990’s.  While capabilities and technologies have progressed over the decades, companies dealt with these outdated regulations, often prohibiting new technologies and disincentivising the industry.  License applications regularly took too long to authorize with little to no transparency into the decision making process. With these revised regulations, comes a new era for the remote sensing industry and as new licenses are granted, we hope to see these principles put into practice.

“Thank you to the Commerce Department for developing these new rules that reduce bureaucratic restrictions on industry so they can innovate faster, compete effectively internationally, and enable new applications for satellite observations of the Earth,” said Stallmer.  “CSF has fought hard for several years to promote legislative and regulatory reforms that would streamline these rules.  We believe that these new rules from the Department of Commerce are an important step forward to enable U.S. companies to compete in a growing international marketplace while protecting America’s national security concerns.”

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Washington, DC —

“The Commercial Spaceflight Federation (CSF) commends NASA’s selection of multiple Commercial Human Landing System (HLS) awardees, which recognizes public-private partnerships as fundamental to achieving NASA’s ambitious Artemis Program goals. These awards build on the significant private investment and technological advancements being made by the commercial space industry, and represent an important step toward establishing a sustainable, long-term presence on the surface of the Moon and ultimately going to Mars. CSF’s more than 80 member organizations are proud to partner with NASA to provide innovative solutions to advance the state of the art, enhance safety, and improve affordability in space exploration. We look forward to continuing to bring the best of commercial industry to support America’s leadership in space.”

 

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Washington, DC– The Commercial Spaceflight Federation is pleased to see that the FCC has listened to industry concerns and decided to delay final consideration of several complicated aspects of the proposed Orbital Debris rules during today’s FCC meeting.  These proposed regulations have far reaching impacts particularly on the small satellite and new space community. 
 
During today’s meeting, the FCC decided to delay consideration of some of the orbital debris mitigation measures by moving them to a Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (FNPRM) and inviting additional comments by industry and federal agencies.  Topics that will be under further consideration in the FNPRM include: mitigation measures related to the probability of accidental explosions; collision risk and casualty risk for satellite constellations on a system-wide basis; requiring maneuverability for satellites located above a certain altitude; limiting post-mission orbital lifetime; possible indemnification requirements; and the use of a surety bond tied to post-mission disposal.
 
CSF looks forward to continuing to work with FCC and subject matter experts in various US agencies (including NASA and DOC) to ensure that future regulations protect the space environment while not undermining the innovation and competitiveness of US companies. 
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Washington, DC — “The Commercial Spaceflight Federation (CSF) commends NASA’s Fiscal Year 2021 budget request, which outlines an ambitious national space program and recognizes public-private partnerships as fundamental to achieving these challenging goals across NASA’s portfolio. This budget would enable a sustainable and comprehensive exploration architecture with key elements including commercializing low Earth orbit, establishing a sustainable, long-term presence on the surface of the Moon with commercial companies, and committing to sending American astronauts to Mars. CSF’s more than 80 member organizations are proud to partner with NASA to provide innovative solutions to advance the state of the art, enhance safety, and improve affordability in space exploration. We look forward to continuing to bring the best of commercial industry to support America’s leadership in space.”

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Washington, DC — “As written, the NASA Authorization bill would not create a sustainable space exploration architecture and would instead set NASA up for failure by eliminating commercial participation and competition in key programs. As NASA and the White House have repeatedly stated, any sustainable space exploration effort must bring together the best of government and commercial industry to achieve a safe and affordable 21st century space enterprise. We look forward to working with members of the House Space Subcommittee to address a number of concerns with the bill.”

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