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Washington, D.C. – The Commercial Spaceflight Federation congratulates NASA and the winners of the Commercial Crew Transportation Capability (CCtCap) contract awards announced today. CCtCap is the latest round in NASA’s Commercial Crew Program that will develop domestic space transportation capabilities for NASA astronauts. Boeing and SpaceX were awarded fixed-price contracts totaling $6.8 billion to complete development, certify and launch their vehicles to include one crewed demo flight to the International Space Station (ISS).

“With this award, we are one major step closer to restoring our nation’s ability to launch U.S. astronauts to the ISS from American soil,” stated CSF President Michael Lopez-Alegria. “NASA’s Commercial Crew Program is developing safe, reliable transportation to low-Earth orbit through the use of innovative contracting mechanisms. NASA’s selection of two companies demonstrates its prudent commitment to both competition and operational redundancy. With these commercial companies developing transportation for astronauts to and from LEO, NASA can focus more of its resources on deep space exploration.”

“The Commercial Crew Program is the quickest and most cost-effective way to get our astronauts flying again in U.S. vehicles,” stated CSF Chairman Frank DiBello. “However, the beauty of the commercial space industry is in its diversity. While these companies work to restore crewed LEO transportation capabilities, other companies are working to grow those and other markets in space. CSF congratulates NASA on the awards and we look forward to supporting the next steps in the new space era.”

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 http://www.commercialspaceflight.org or contact Associate Director Sirisha Bandla at sirisha@commercialspaceflight.org or at 202.715.2928.

Washington D.C. – The Commercial Spaceflight Federation is pleased to announce that Eric Stallmer has been named as its next President. Stallmer will join CSF staff in September and will assume the position of President following the departure of Michael Lopez-Alegria.

Stallmer comes to CSF from serving as Vice President of Government Relations at Analytical Graphics Inc. (AGI) in Washington, DC, where he oversaw, developed and implemented the company’s global legislative and regulatory strategy in a variety of areas including aerospace, defense, and civil industries.

Stallmer has considerable space-related experience, including serving as President of the Space Transportation Association (STA) prior to his time with AGI. In that role, he oversaw all aspects of STA and handled day-to-day operations in addition to long-term strategic plans. Stallmer also directed and managed outreach to policymakers including Congress, NASA, and the Departments of Defense, Commerce, and Transportation.

“We are very pleased to have Eric as a part of CSF leadership,” said CSF Chairman Stuart Witt. “He has long been an advocate for commercial spaceflight, and will now be in a position to make an even greater impact on the industry at the helm of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation.”

“I am honored to accept the position of President of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation,” Stallmer stated. “I am looking forward to joining the team and working with the membership as it continues to promote the growth of the commercial spaceflight sector.”

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 http://www.commercialspaceflight.org or contact Assistant Director Sirisha Bandla at sirisha@commercialspaceflight.org or at 202.715.2928.

**PLEASE NOTE: As of July 28th, 2014, the Commercial Spaceflight Federation offices are located at 500 New Jersey Avenue NW, Suite 400, Washington, D.C. 20001. Please make changes to your records accordingly.

Washington D.C. – The Commercial Spaceflight Federation applauds the release of the modernized Category XV rule of the United States Munitions List (USML) encompassing Satellites and Related Components.

“CSF commends the efforts the Administration is taking to modernize the USML, as it is essential for U.S. competitiveness,” said CSF Chairman Stuart Witt. “This reform will allow our commercial satellite industry to compete in the international market, grow our space industrial base and bring high-tech jobs back to the U.S. As technology develops at a rapid pace, we look forward to seeing the export control reform process continue to evolve.”

Although the reform effort updated some important regulations, almost all commercial human spacecraft were maintained on the USML after the review. Commercial suborbital, orbital, and planetary spacecraft are now entering the market as civilian platforms for human exploration, science, education, and tourism. Vehicles for these purposes, many of which use off-the-shelf technology, would more appropriately be regulated on the Commerce Control List (CCL). Download CSF’s one-pager for more information about the benefits of regulating commercial spacecraft on the CCL.

“While the overall export control reform effort is to be applauded, there is still much progress to be made on commercial spacecraft,” said CSF President Michael Lopez-Alegria. “Moving these vehicles to the CCL would give industry an opportunity to pursue global markets, enabling contributions to the U.S. economy and the growth of our space industrial base. We thank the Administration for their work on this critical issue and look forward to continued revisions to ensure that the U.S. remains a leader in spaceflight.”

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 or contact Sirisha Bandla at sirisha@commercialspaceflight.org or at 202.347.1418.

Washington, D.C. – The Commercial Spaceflight Federation praises NASA for its announcement of three winners of their new innovative Lunar Cargo Transportation and Landing by Soft Touchdown (CATALYST) partnership program. Two awards were given to CSF Executive Member Companies Masten Space Systems and Moon Express, with the third going to Astrobotic Technology.

NASA announced that they will partner with three companies through the CATALYST program using no-exchange of funds Space Act Agreements lasting up to three years. The agency will contribute technical expertise, access to NASA center testing facilities, and loan equipment or software for these private sector lunar lander development and testing efforts.

“Today’s announcement is a shining example of how NASA can partner with entrepreneurial companies to directly enable affordable scientific exploration beyond low-Earth orbit,” stated CSF President Michael Lopez-Alegria.“CATALYST is a small step towards returning America to the Moon, advancing our technology, and enabling an important journey to other destinations.”

“These companies are not only developing capabilities that could lead to commercial landers on the surface of the moon, but will enable a renaissance of lunar science, followed by industrial resource prospecting,” said CSF Executive Director Alex Saltman. “This could eventually lead to human missions that will span generations of current and future explorers,” Saltman concluded.

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 or contact Sirisha Bandla at sirisha@commercialspaceflight.org or at 202.347.1418.

Washington D.C. – The Commercial Spaceflight Federation welcomes NASA’s FY 2015 budget proposal and its continued support for commercial spaceflight.

“With the proposed budget, the Administration continues to communicate the importance of having a strong national space program that can further our presence in space and benefit life here on Earth,” stated CSF President Michael Lopez-Alegria. “We applaud the robust support for Commercial Crew and Space Technology which will strengthen our space industrial base, and secure the nation’s place as a leader of exploration and innovation. We look forward to working with Congress to achieve the highest levels of funding for these critical programs.”

The White House’s 2015 Fiscal Year budget request would provide NASA with $17.46B. Within that topline, NASA has requested $848M for its Commercial Crew Program and $705M for Space Technology.

Rapidly developing American spacecraft to fly NASA astronauts is crucial to end NASA’s dependency on Russia. NASA currently pays ROSCOSMOS approximately $70 million per seat to fly our astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS). In partnership with NASA through its Commercial Crew Program, American companies are developing safe, modern, cost-effective, and reliable transportation to ISS. Full funding for this important program will rapidly reduce our dependence on aging Russian infrastructure.

The U.S. continues to develop innovative technologies that drive exploration through NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate. Strong continued support for these programs will ensure the U.S. remains a leader in space despite intense competition from other countries such as China and India. In addition, NASA’s Flight Opportunities Program is allowing researchers to test key technologies through commercial suborbital flights to further aid exploration to new destinations.

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 or contact Sirisha Bandla at sirisha@commercialspaceflight.org or at 202.347.1418.

Washington D.C. – The Commercial Spaceflight Federation thanks the Members of the House of Representatives for the passage of H.R. 3547 today. The bill provides critical funding for NASA’s Commercial Crew Program and extends government risk-sharing for U.S. commercial launch companies until December 31, 2016. The previous law that provided this risk-sharing expired on December 31, 2013.

The bill funds NASA’s Commercial Crew Program at $696 million, a significant increase from FY13.

“With this bill’s strong Commercial Crew funding, Congress has acknowledged the importance of quickly developing a U.S. system to carry American astronauts and reduce our dependence on aging Russian infrastructure,” said CSF President Michael Lopez-Alegria. “We applaud Congress for recognizing the importance of a robust U.S. space program and, in particular, an organic capability to provide human access to Low-Earth Orbit.”

H.R. 3547 will also extend a liability risk-sharing regime that has been in place virtually without interruption since 1988.

“The U.S. saw two commercially licensed launches within the second week of 2014, including one for a foreign satellite company,” said Stuart Witt, CSF Chairman and CEO of Mojave Air & Space Port. “The foreign satellite launch was won in a competitive market that includes overseas launch companies, many of which enjoy more robust third-party liability.”

“For their hard work, we thank the sponsors of the House and Senate bills, Representatives Smith, Edwards, Johnson, and Palazzo, and Senators Nelson, Cruz, Feinstein, Heinrich, Kaine, Rubio, Thune, Udall M., Udall T., Warner and Wicker, as well as Representative McCarthy’s leadership on this critical issue for the sector. We look forward to working with Congress to find a permanent solution.”

NASA’s Space Technology program will be funded at $575 million, considerably less than the President’s FY14 request.

”Space Technology is a crucial program for NASA’s future,” said CSF Executive Director Alex Saltman. “We must strengthen our investment in space technology, to ensure NASA has the tools it needs to explore and inspire into the future.”

NASA’s Commercial Crew Program (CCP) is enabling American companies to develop reliable access to low-Earth orbit including the International Space Station (ISS) and return human launch capabilities back to the U.S. NASA is currently paying approximately $70 million per seat for rides to the ISS on Russian Soyuz vehicles. CCP will give NASA safe, reliable and cost-effective transportation to LEO while allowing greater insight into development and production than currently available with the Soyuz. Further, these transportation systems will enable full utilization of the ISS and enhance scientific research and technology development.

NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate is a hub of innovation at the agency, developing technologies that will further space exploration and benefit life on Earth. The U.S. has always been a leader in space because of such programs under this directorate. Robust funding will ensure the nation will continue to be on the forefront of cutting-edge research and technologies that will allow future manned and unmanned missions to new destinations.

The government risk-sharing regime provides necessary financial certainty for commercial launch companies for unforeseen damages to third parties. In the unlikely event of a 1-in-10 million accident, this provision would allow the Secretary of Transportation to seek an expedited appropriation for funds to help pay a portion of the damages. At no cost to taxpayers, a permanent indemnification regime will cut out unnecessary risk and uncertainty in the business of these companies and will allow them to remain competitive with major overseas launch companies in China, Russia and France that offer stronger domestic risk-sharing provisions.

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 or contact Sirisha Bandla at sirisha@commercialspaceflight.org or at 202.347.1418.

Washington D.C. – The Commercial Spaceflight Federation is pleased to announce the addition of seven new member organizations. The Virginia Commercial Space Flight Authority joins as the 18th Executive Member. New Associate Members include Ares Corporation, Colorado Space Coalition, Penn State Applied Research Laboratory, QinetiQ North America, Satwest, and Space Coast Spaceflight Alliance.

“The unprecedented expansion in our membership mirrors the growth of the commercial spaceflight industry, and an increasing interest in private spaceflight,” said CSF President Michael Lopez-Alegria. “The industry celebrated many successes last year, and we see 2014 as a vital year in which our members will continue to demonstrate the tremendous promise of commercial spaceflight to engage and educate people around the world.”

“We are happy to be a part of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation,” said VCSFA Executive Director and new CSF Board member Dale Nash. “We look forward to adding our experience and expertise to those of the CSF membership to promote the development of the commercial spaceflight sector.”

The new CSF Members are as follows:

Virginia Commercial Space Flight Authority (http://www.marsspaceport.com/): VCSFA is an independent authority of the State of Virginia with a charter to support within the Commonwealth space-related business, economic development, and STEM education. In that, its current focus is on development and operation of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS) to support both Federal and Commercial Space Launch. MARS is launching cargo resupply missions to the ISS, in support of the Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) contract Orbital Sciences Corporation has with NASA. VCSFA is launching cargo resupply missions to the ISS from MARS Pad 0A, in support of the Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) contract Orbital Sciences Corporation has with NASA, and launching missions to orbit from MARS Pad 0B for the Department of Defense and NASA.

ARES Corporation (http://www.arescorporation.com/): ARES Corporation is one of the foremost engineering, project management, safety and mission assurance, and information technology solutions companies in the United States. ARES has supported the commercial space industry since 2006, leveraging its extensive knowledge of the first destination of Government procured commercial space services, the International Space Station, and its intimate knowledge of NASA’s safety approval process to provide key insights to providers of commercial spaceflight services.

Colorado Space Coalition (http://www.spacecolorado.org/): The CSC is a group of industry stakeholders working to make Colorado a center of excellence for commercial, civil, and military space activity. The CSC focuses its efforts in two key areas: Marketing and promoting Colorado’s significant space assets; and advancing legislation vital to the industry’s growth and success by providing a platform for legislative advocacy is Colorado’s congressional delegation. The CSC actively supports key Colorado programs such as SNC’s Dreamchaser and ULA Launch Services, plus other commercial interests such as the FAA’s Center of Excellence for Commercial Space Transportation through marketing efforts and legislative advocacy.

Penn State University Applied Research Laboratory (http://lunarlion.psu.edu): Space Systems Initiative is a new organization within Penn State that serves the space industry through research and education. SSI Penn State is pursuing the Google Lunar X PRIZE as its first mission, demonstrating that low-cost system development and mission execution is possible through a new business model, named uSpace. The uSpace model combines university resources, philanthropy, corporate sponsorship, industry partnership, and strategic government collaborations.

QinetiQ North America (https://www.qinetiq-na.com/): QinetiQ North America’s offerings range from software development to systems engineering, from mission-level engineering to enterprise-wide IT support, and from cyber security to cyber mission assurance. In aerospace, services include systems engineering, integration and fielding for aerospace, software safety engineering, independent verification and validation for evolved expendable launch vehicles, engineering and verification services to various spaceflight companies, and engineering services for NASA’s Kennedy Space Center.

Satwest (http://www.satwest.com/): Satwest is a mobile satellite services and spaceflight access services company founded in 1999, providing low-cost data and voice communications services via commercial satellite for research payload operators, cubesat operators and developers, and suborbital and orbital launch vehicle operators and crew/passengers. The company also provides payload integration services for Virgin Galactic, Masten, and Armadillo Aerospace and internet and voice communications onboard commercial and government aircraft. Satwest is an affiliate member of the FAA’s Center of Excellence in Commercial Space Transportation at New Mexico State Universityand is now launching commercial payloads out of Spaceport America.

Space Coast Spaceflight Alliance: The Space Coast Spaceflight Alliance is a non-profit alliance comprised of the Space Coast Regional Airport (a Florida Spaceport Territory), the City of Titusville, and the Space Coast Economic Development Commission. Its mission is the advancement of spaceflight in the Greater Titusville area on Florida’s Space Coast. Its primary activities are to: Advance commercial spaceflight on Florida’s Space Coast; educate, inform and engage the community with respect to the commercial spaceflight industry’s needs, trends and opportunities; support the FAA spaceport application for Space Coast Regional Airport; promote opportunities to attract and retain commercial spaceflight providers to the area; promote the Space Coast Regional Airport and many others.

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 CSF’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 http://www.commercialspaceflight.org or contact Sirisha Bandla at sirisha@commercialspaceflight.org or at 202.347.1418.

Washington, D.C. – The Commercial Spaceflight Federation is excited to announce that Steve Heck will be joining its Suborbital Applications Researcher’s Group. Steve served as a Command Pilot in the United States Air Force where he amassed over 2700 hours of jet flight time and holds two world flight records. Since 1996, Steve has taught middle and elementary school students. He is currently a 5th grade STEM teacher at the Milford Exempted Village School District. Steve was selected as an Astronaut Educator in the new Citizens in Space Program and awarded a NASA Endeavor Fellowship. In the summer of 2013, Steve completed NASTAR’s Suborbital Scientist Training Program.

“We are excited to have a teacher with Mr. Heck’s experiences on SARG,” said SARG Chair Dr. Steven Collicott. “His work to bring spaceflight experiment opportunities to schools in his region is the type of hands-on STEM education which can be emulated around the country by other inspired educators.  He is blazing a new trail in this exciting era of spaceflight.”

For more information about SARG, please visit the Commercial Spaceflight Federation’s webpage.

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 CSF’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 or contact Sirisha Bandla at sirisha@commercialspaceflight.org or at 202.347.1418.

 

Washington D.C. – The Commercial Spaceflight Federation congratulates SpaceX for the successful launch of their Falcon 9 v1.1 launch vehicle from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida and for the deployment of the SES-8 telecommunications satellite in its intended geostationary orbit. This was the seventh consecutive launch of the Falcon 9 family, the second launch of the upgraded Falcon 9 v1.1 rocket, and SpaceX’s first communications satellite payload. SpaceX currently has over 40 missions on manifest representing many of the world’s largest commercial satellite companies, and intends to launch its next commercial satellite, Thaicom 6, later this month. Another U.S. launch provider – United Launch Alliance – has recently been engaged to launch Mexico’s Morelos-3 satellite. These missions herald the return of the commercial launch market to the United States.

“The U.S. launch industry has been increasingly winning launch contracts from American as well as international satellite companies in the last three years,” said CSF President Michael Lopez-Alegria. “The renewed U.S. competitiveness in this multi-billion dollar market will continue to create high-tech jobs at home and will drive down the cost of access to space for technology and research applications all over the world.”

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 or contact Sirisha Bandla at sirisha@commercialspaceflight.org or at 202.347.1418.

 

Washington D.C. – Yesterday, the White House released the highly anticipated National Space Transportation Policy to guide the government’s use of space. The Commercial Spaceflight Federation applauds the clear vision of this Policy, which includes strong continued support for the use of competitive commercial space services.

The Policy emphasizes the importance of America’s leadership in space for exploration, scientific research, and national security purposes. The Policy urges the use of commercial services wherever available and reiterates its commitment to “encouraging and facilitating a viable, healthy, and competitive U.S. commercial space transportation industry.”

“The commercial space industry has shown its capacity to be a strong partner to government programs in utilization and exploration of space,” said CSF President Michael Lopez-Alegria. “We appreciate this clear delineation of policy in favor of supporting American industry, creating the most effective and efficient space program possible and ensuring the nation retains its leadership and competitiveness in space. We are grateful for the Obama Administration’s support for the commercial space sector and look forward to many joint successes to come.”

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 or contact Sirisha Bandla at sirisha@commercialspaceflight.org or at 202.347.1418.