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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

Washington, DC – Commercial Spaceflight Federation announced today that Karina Drees will join the organization as its new president, effective January 4, 2021.

Since 2012, Drees served as CEO and General Manager of Mojave Air & Space Port (MASP) and held several other senior leadership positions at the company. She is currently the vice chair of the Federal Aviation Administration’s Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee (COMSTAC) and has been an active member of the CSF Board of Directors for five years, including serving as treasurer from 2017 to 2020.

“Karina brings an impressive amount of senior leadership and business acumen to CSF, as well as in-depth knowledge and experience in the policy and regulatory arenas and the proven ability to grow an organization and build strategic alliances with key industry stakeholders,” said Audrey Powers, CSF Chairwoman of the Board of Directors and Vice President of Legal and Compliance for Blue Origin.

Drees will be responsible for all aspects of the CSF operation including working directly with its 85+ members representing every aspect of the commercial space sector to develop and implement a vision and strategy that reflects industry priorities; builds on its successful track record on policy and regulatory issues; articulates consistent, compelling messages nationally and in the global arena; enhances cross-industry coordination; and management of day-to-day activities including overseeing staff and budget.

“Taking on the role of President of CSF at this stage of the industry’s evolution is an incredible opportunity,” said Drees. “I look forward to learning from the members and working with the team and incoming Administration and new Congress to continue advancing commercial space priorities for the nation.”

Drees has more than 20 years experience in a variety of senior leadership positions at space and technology companies. Prior to joining MASP, Drees was a senior member of the strategy and positioning team at SRA International. Before joining SRA, she held leadership positions at two investor-backed high-tech startup companies in the Washington, D.C. area. Drees has a Bachelor of Science degree from Arizona State University and a Master’s in Business Administration from the MIT Sloan School of Management. Drees also completed the International Space University’s Summer Session Program in Beijing, China.

“On behalf of the Board of Directors, members, and staff, we welcome Karina to the organization and look forward to working with her to continue to expand CSF’s position as the leading voice for the commercial space industry and to enhance its results-driven mission on behalf of its members,” said Richard DalBello, Vice Chairman of the CSF Board of Directors and Vice President of Business Development and Government Affairs for Virgin Galactic.

Drees will be located in CSF’s Washington, D.C. office.

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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.

Media Inquiries: Diane Smiroldo, diane@smiroldocommunications.com, 703.819.1963

Washington, DC – The Commercial Spaceflight Federation (CSF) applauds NASA’s partnerships with U.S. commercial companies to further development of innovative technologies to sustainably return to the Moon as a part of STMD’s Tipping Point Technologies. Long-term sustainable exploration on the lunar surface, and ultimately Mars, requires an integrated effort that includes the development of multiple capabilities. Public-private partnerships with commercial companies are fundamental to developing these capabilities.

“Commercial companies, under commercial partnerships, are advancing the state of the art for NASA,” said Eric Stallmer, President of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation.  “Commercial spaceflight companies have been leading the world in advancing innovative technologies in partnership with NASA, and these awards are another step towards expanding that leadership.”

Five of the awards will go to CSF member companies:

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Washington, DC – Today, the Commercial Spaceflight Federation (CSF) welcomed the release of the FAA’s newly- completed “Streamlined Launch and Reentry Licensing Requirements” rulemaking, the next step in urgently needed reform of U.S. commercial space transportation regulations.

“CSF and its members express our gratitude to Vice President Mike Pence who led the National Space Council in mandating this reform, Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao, FAA Administrator Steve Dickson and Deputy Administrator Dan Elwell. We especially thank the talented and hardworking team in FAA’s Office of Commercial Space Transportation, led by Associate Administrator Wayne Monteith, for their efforts to revise the NPRM and achieve the goals in Space Policy Directive 2 while still licensing an unprecedented number of commercial space launches and reentries,” said Audrey Powers, Chairwoman of the CSF Board of Directors.

“CSF members uniformly advocated for significant changes to the 2019 proposal, and we look forward to studying this voluminous final rule and accompanying Advisory Circulars,” said Eric Stallmer, President of CSF. “We are hopeful that this revised regulation takes a significant step in fostering a safe, efficient, innovative, and internationally-competitive U.S. commercial space industry. But we also strongly support the FAA’s Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee’s recent recommendation that the Secretary establish a new AeroSpace Rulemaking Committee to develop further refinements to this rule and start the challenging task of revising other space transportation regulations to conform with this new rule and embrace the diverse nature of the commercial industry,” Stallmer concluded.

 

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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 NASA’s Flight Opportunities Program for selecting a record number of promising technologies for commercial suborbital flight tests. U.S. commercial spaceflight companies have been leading the world in cutting-edge suborbital research in partnership with NASA’s Flight Opportunities program. Today’s announcement is an important milestone marking the further expansion of this government-industry collaboration.

Today’s awards will include the first NASA-funded human-tended research proposal. The selected human-tended proposal is from a CSF member company, the Southwest Research Institute (SwRI), and the experiment PI is planetary scientist Dr. Alan Stern.  The SwRI experiment will fly on Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo, a commercial reusable suborbital vehicle.

“At a time when a growing number of commercial space companies are providing low-cost and frequent access to the suborbital microgravity environment for humans and payloads, 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.  “NASA’s announcement is an important step towards achieving that goal. We heartily applaud and thank NASA for its leadership and work to fully realize the game-changing power of the Flight Opportunities Program.”

The Suborbital Applications Researchers Group (SARG) is the driving force within Commercial Spaceflight Federation for the Flight Opportunities community and it played a critical role in advocating for NASA to support suborbital human-tended research on commercial reusable suborbital vehicles. The SARG was created in August 10, 2009 to increase awareness of commercial suborbital vehicles in the science and R&D communities; to work with policymakers to ensure that payloads can have easy access to these vehicles; and to further develop ideas for using these vehicles for science, engineering, and education missions. Dr. Steven Collicott at Purdue University leads SARG for the CSF.

 

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Washington, D.C. – The Commercial Spaceflight Federation (CSF) elected new Board Leadership and Officers at its bi-annual Board of Directors meeting in Washington, D.C., on September 29, 2020.

Audrey Powers is CSF’s new Chairwoman of the Board of Directors. Powers is the Vice President of Legal & Compliance for Blue Origin. She is a seasoned policy and regulatory expert and has testified before Congress on commercial spaceflight regulatory matters.

Richard DalBello of Virgin Galactic is CSFs new Vice Chair, and Richard Pruss of BRPH is  Treasurer. Taber MacCallum, of Space Perspective and CSF’s past Board Chair, and Tim Hughes of SpaceX will continue to serve as Officers of the Board. Caryn Schenewerk of Relativity Space and Jim Kuzma of Space Florida were elected to serve as new Officers of the Board.

“We welcome Audrey as the new CSF Chairwoman of the Board and look forward to her expert counsel and guidance on policy and regulatory issues that are critical to the commercial space sector’s continued growth and prosperity,” said CSF President Eric Stallmer. “Audrey, Rich, Richard, and returning Board members – Taber and Tim — and new Board members — Caryn and Jim — will provide strategic direction for CSF to ensure that, as an organization, we continue to stay true to our mission while expanding our position as the leading voice for the commercial space industry.”

“On behalf of the CSF members, we also extend our sincerest appreciation to Taber for his outstanding leadership while serving as Board Chair the past two years,” said Stallmer.  “We also want to thank outgoing Officers of the Board, Todd Lindner of Jacksonville Aviation Authority and Karina Drees of Mojave Air and Space Port. Our growth as an organization and our ability to continue to advocate for policies that further enable growth and innovation in the commercial industry would not have been possible without their guidance and leadership,” concluded Stallmer.

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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 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 – Eric Stallmer, President of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation, is joining Voyager Space Holdings as Executive Vice President for Government Relations and Public Policy, effective October 30, 2020. Stallmer has served as president of CSF since 2014.

“Eric’s six-year tenure as CSF’s President witnessed historic progress in legislation, funding, and policy, supporting tremendous growth and accomplishments in the commercial space industry,” said Taber MacCallum, Chairman of the CSF Board of Directors, Founder and Co-CEO of Space Perspective. “Today we celebrate his accomplishments and thank him for his tireless work and leadership at CSF. Eric established a highly-effective team whose assiduous advocating for appropriate policies has enabled continued expansion and prosperity of the commercial space sector.”

“The past six years have proven to be the most rewarding experience of my professional career,” said Stallmer. “I am sincerely grateful to have had the pleasure to work with outstanding colleagues and organizations throughout my time at CSF, and I look forward to watching the commercial sector continue to grow and flourish in the years to come.”

“Commercial space is changing rapidly, and CSF actively supports a diverse industry from launch and reentry through remote sensing, communications, spaceports, and human flight,” said MacCallum. “Our next President will be key in supporting the ongoing development of the commercial space ecosystem, including commercial human spaceflight, our industry’s next big untapped market.”

The CSF Executive Committee has established a search committee to identify its next President. Click here for additional information.

At its planned meeting in two weeks, the CSF Board will adopt an interim plan for the organization’s governance after Stallmer’s departure through the date that the next president officially joins the organization.

 

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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 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.

Media Inquiries: Diane Smiroldo, diane@smiroldocommunications.com, 703.819.1963

Washington, DC — The Commercial Spaceflight Federation praised the work and conclusions of the National Academy of Public Administration’s (NAPA) study released late last week that examined which federal agency should take the lead in coordinating non-military Space Situational Awareness (SSA) and related Space Traffic functions.

NAPA’s report, which was produced at the direction of the Consolidated Appropriations Act 2020, identified the Office of Space Commerce within the Department of Commerce as the organization to lead a whole-of-government effort and commercial partnership strategy to dramatically improve U.S. civilian Space Situational Awareness in the face of growing concerns about satellite “traffic” and space debris.

The report also includes an important endorsement to elevate the Office of Space Commerce, including its responsibilities for overseeing commercial remote sensing, to the Office of the Secretary.

“We are pleased to see NAPA’s detailed and thoughtful analysis on the need for a coordinated effort for SSA and Space Traffic related functions. We commend Congress for starting the process of identifying an entity to assume the responsibility of guiding U.S. civil and commercial users, and cooperating with other governments around the world to promote responsible use of the orbital space above Earth,” said Eric Stallmer, CSF President.

“Up until now, only the Defense Department had the responsibility of notifying commercial and international users about potential collisions involving their spacecraft,” added Stallmer.

One of the compelling reasons NAPA chose the Office of Space Commerce was the central role that commercial space safety services can play in addressing what the report calls “the impending crisis with space debris and satellites.” OSC will also work closely with NASA and its unique technical capabilities and FAA’s Office of the Associate Administration for Commercial Space Transportation and its oversight of launch and reentry activities, as well as the Space Force’s existing SSA organization, to deliver the fastest possible and improved SSA to the growing U.S. commercial space sector.

The report is available on the NAPA website.

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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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