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Washington D.C. — The Commercial Spaceflight Federation commends the hard work of the entire Orbital Sciences and the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport teams in preparation for today’s launch of an Antares rocket carrying their Cygnus spacecraft. The Antares rocket incurred an anomaly shortly after liftoff, however no injuries were reported. Cygnus was an unmanned spacecraft intended to rendezvous with the International Space Station for its third resupply mission. Orbital Sciences Corporation is conducting a full investigation into today’s event.

“We must be mindful that launching rockets remains an extremely difficult task” stated CSF President Eric Stallmer. “The data gathered today will be applied to improve the process of developing safe and reliable commercial space flight services. We commend the partnership between NASA and the commercial space sector for their dedication to building a robust U.S. space program for frequent access to space.”

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 202.715.2928.

Washington, D.C. – The Commercial Spaceflight Federation congratulates Paragon Space Development Corporation® and its StratEx team, on Alan Eustace’s historic supersonic dive at 135,908 feet from a high-altitude balloon. During the October 24 StratEx jump over Roswell, New Mexico, Eustace set U.S. records for highest skydive and fastest vertical speed, along with a new world record for longest freefall. Paragon, specializing in extreme environmental control systems, worked closely with Eustace to develop, build, and manage the self-contained space suit system.

“Once again, history has been made by the commercial spaceflight sector,” said CSF President Eric Stallmer. “The StratEx program has added considerable depth to important areas of stratospheric research, and is an exciting milestone in a new era of space flights. We celebrate their record-breaking feat and we look forward to seeing World View carry this exciting technology into the future. ”

The same ballooning system that supported Eustace’s jump will soon be employed by World View Enterprises to bring tourists to the edge of space, and the company has acquired the patent-pending technology from StratEx.

For more information on StratEx, please visit their site here.

About the Commercial Spaceflight Federation

The mission of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation 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 202-715-2928.

Washington, D.C. – The Commercial Spaceflight Federation is pleased to announce that Tommy Sanford has been named as its Director. Sanford will join the CSF staff on October 1 and, among other duties, will be responsible for government affairs for the organization under incoming CSF President Eric Stallmer.

Sanford has extensive experience in the aerospace sector including his recent position as Government Affairs Associate at the Space Foundation, where he was responsible for analyzing and implementing policy strategies in the aerospace, defense, and international arenas. He also worked at the Department of Commerce’s Office of Space Commercialization and on Capitol Hill for the House of Representatives Science, Space and Technology Committee. Sanford is a graduate of the George Washington University’s Space Policy Institute.

“With an impressive DC background, Tommy has already demonstrated a solid understanding of legislative and regulatory policy and a passion for the space industry,” said Stallmer. “Coupled with his experience working at the Space Foundation, Tommy will be an invaluable addition to the CSF leadership. I look forward to working with him to continue to advance the commercial space 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 Associate Director Sirisha Bandla at sirisha@commercialspaceflight.org or at 202.715.2928.

 

Washington D.C. – The Commercial Spaceflight Federation congratulates Blue Origin on their partnership with United Launch Alliance to jointly fund the development of their new BE-4 rocket engine. The agreement includes a four-year development process with full scale testing in 2016 and first flight in 2019.

“We are pleased to see the commercial space industry step up to the challenges for sustainable space exploration,” stated Incoming President Eric Stallmer. “Blue Origin’s American made engine will provide cost-effective and reliable access to space for national security, civil, and commercial purposes. Congratulations to both Blue Origin and ULA on their announcement, and I look forward to following the progress of the BE-4.”

The development of the BE-4 engine has been underway for three years and its components are currently undergoing testing at Blue Origin’s West Texas test facilities. Read more about the BE-4 engine here.

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 welcomes the announcement by the FAA’s Office of Commercial Space Transportation that the spaceport license application for Midland International Airport has been approved, making it the 9th U.S. spaceport. The newly-named Midland International Air & Space Port is the first primarily commercial service airport to be awarded a spaceport license under the Federal Aviation Regulation Part 420, and has already attracted two notable commercial companies, XCOR Aerospace and Orbital Outfitters.

“Texas has always played a pivotal role in spaceflight history, and Midland is now poised to serve the next generation of commercial spaceflight as an incubator and collaborative environment for the aerospace community,” said CSF Incoming President Eric Stallmer. “The co-location of this spaceport with a thriving commercial airport is an exciting industry milestone and I congratulate Midland on their achievement.”

CSF Executive members XCOR Aerospace and Orbital Outfitters have both expanded operations to Midland. XCOR Aerospace is currently completing hangar renovations for their Lynx spacecraft and Orbital Outfitters is planning a new spacesuit manufacturing and altitude chamber complex.

About the Commercial Spaceflight Federation

The mission of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation 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 Associate Director Sirisha Bandla at sirisha@commercialspaceflight.org or 202-715-2928.

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.