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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.

Washington, D.C. – “The Commercial Spaceflight Federation (CSF) congratulates the entire Blue Origin team on successfully testing their New Shepard in-flight escape system,” said Eric Stallmer, president of CSF. “Today’s fifth successful flight proved the New Shepard’s most critical safety features, innovative escape system technologies, and overall robustness of their system. It’s an exciting time to see these fantastic technological advancements and to witness the power of commercial industry.”

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 (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.