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Deborah Lee James

Secretary of the Air Force

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Deborah Lee James is the Secretary of the Air Force, Washington, D.C. She is the 23rd Secretary of the Air Force and is responsible for the affairs of the Department of the Air Force, including the organizing, training, equipping and providing for the welfare of its nearly 660,000 active-duty, Guard, Reserve and civilian Airmen and their families. She also oversees the Air Force’s annual budget of more than $139 billion.

Ms. James has 30 years of senior homeland and national security experience in the federal government and the private sector. Prior to her current position, Ms. James held a variety of positions with SAIC to include Senior Vice President and Director of Homeland Security.

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If you have any questions or would like additional information about the forum, please contact Jane Kinney at jane@commercialspaceflight.org or (469) 879-9503.

Washington, DC – The Commercial Spaceflight Federation hosted its second in a series of Executive Leadership Forums, an open dialogue for policymakers, industry leaders and stakeholders to discuss key issues and opportunities in the commercial spaceflight industry.

Friday’s keynote speaker, Rep. Derek Kilmer (D-WA) said that, “The commercial space industry is fueling growth today. It’s at the forefront of some of the most exciting new technologies that can create quality jobs and ignite a new passion in our kids for math and science.

Rep. Kilmer serves on the House Appropriations Committee and the Interior and Environment Subcommittee and Commerce, Justice, and Science Subcommittee.

As a leading advocate in the House of Representatives, Rep. Kilmer supports policies that enhance continued space innovation and job creation. He was a coauthor of the Commercial Space Launch Competitiveness Act, signed into law by President Obama in November 2015, that promotes American space commerce and creates new opportunities for job creation and growth in the U.S. space economy.

CSF President Eric Stallmer expressed “deep gratitude for Representative Kilmer’s continued support on commercial space issues and for his leadership in securing funding to enhance innovation. We are grateful for the Congressman’s leadership on policies that will expand growth in the industry and preserve our nation’s competitive edge in space.

In the 21st century Space Race, I want to make sure that our nation stays ahead of the competition. That’s why I’ll continue to push for policies that support the growth of new commercial space ventures and ensure that breakthroughs happen on our shores, not someplace else,said Rep. Kilmer.

About the Commercial Spaceflight Federation

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. 

Washington, DC – The Commercial Spaceflight Federation continues to grow its membership, announcing today the addition of a new associate member, AECOM.

AECOM is built to deliver a better world; they are the world’s #1-ranked engineering design firm by revenue, according to Engineering News-Record magazine. They design, build, finance and operate infrastructure assets for governments, businesses and organizations worldwide. As a fully integrated firm, they connect knowledge and experience across their global network of experts to help clients solve their most complex challenges. From high-performance buildings, ports, roads, airports, spaceports and infrastructure, to resilient communities and environments, to stable and secure nations, their work is transformative, differentiated and vital. AECOM has offices throughout the United States and their clients include NASA, USAF, DoD, FAA, SpaceX, Space Florida, New Mexico Spaceport Authority, and thousands of others.

“CSF welcomes the addition of AECOM to its membership. Infrastructure is extremely important to the future success of spaceports and adding AECOM’s expert voice to the conversation will be a great asset.” said Eric Stallmer, President of CSF.

CSF is excited to bring on such a prominent engineering services firm that has been integral in the development of spaceflight complexes such as Kennedy Space Center, Marshall Space Flight Center, and SpaceX’s various facilities.

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.

Washington, DC- The Commercial Spaceflight Federation (CSF) and its Suborbital Applications Researchers Group (SARG) congratulates Blue Origin and all of their payload partners on the successful suborbital research flight it carried out on April 2nd. On this flight, Blue Origin’s New Shepard vehicle carried a number of university and private research institute scientific payloads, further solidifying a commercial market which provides researchers, technologists, and educators more frequent and affordable access to microgravity for research topics that can advance spaceflight and life on Earth.

Experiments on this first science mission explored the physics of particulate collisions and settling in weightlessness such as in the rings of Saturn and surfaces of asteroids. SARG members Dr. Dan Durda of the Southwest Research Institute and Professor Josh Colwell of the University of Central Florida led the experiment teams that produced payloads for this flight.

Dr. Steven Collicott, the Chair of SARG and a Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Purdue University, states, “These two pathfinder experiments flown by Blue Origin during their flight test program clearly show that a very large change in how we think about suborbital spaceflight for research and education is appropriate.”  He adds, “Multiple CSF member companies are pursuing human-tended and automated suborbital research flights, and the next year or two are expected to be exciting times for us all as this new era begins.”

Since 2009, SARG members have advocated for wise regulatory choices, as well as broad scientific awareness of the emerging opportunities that the commercial spaceflight industry enables. In recent years, reusable vehicles from the private sector have served as reliable flight providers for a diverse range of fields, including atmospheric sciences, cellular biology, solar astronomy, physical sciences, human physiology, planetary science, and even K-12 education.

SARG and CSF leaders look forward to the establishment of frequent flight programs necessary to support regular, commercial suborbital science mission operations. Interested researchers and educators are invited to attend the Next-Generation Suborbital Researchers Conference, June 2-4 in Broomfield, Colorado where these many new opportunities will be discussed.

Image courtesy of Blue Origin.

Washington, DC – The Commercial Spaceflight Federation continues to grow its membership, announcing today the addition of new associate members — DigitalGlobe and NanoRacks.

DigitalGlobe is a leading global provider of high-resolution Earth-imagery products and services sourced from its own advanced satellite constellation and third-party providers. NanoRacks forged the commercial pathway to the International Space Station by being the first company to market its own hardware and services onboard the station. NanoRacks has grown to become an operating system for space utilization by providing the tools, the hardware, and the services to allow other companies, organizations, and governments to realize their own space plans on suborbital vehicles, inside the ISS, and beyond.

“The commercial spaceflight industry continues to thrive, as evidenced by CSF’s expanding membership. We are pleased to welcome DigitalGlobe and NanoRacks to CSF, two innovative companies that continue to break new ground in the economic development of low-Earth orbit (LEO),” said Eric Stallmer, President of CSF.

In addition, two associate members will serve on the CSF Board of Directors for the upcoming year. Karin Nilsdotter will represent Spaceport Sweden, CSF’s first international board member, “which reflects the continued growth of the commercial space sector globally,” according to Stallmer. Spaceport Sweden, Europe’s gateway to space, initiated in 2007 with the mission to offer space adventures, supply launch infrastructure, R&D facilities and high-tech expertise to emerging commercial space operators.

Michael Paul, Penn State Lunar Lion Team – currently an associate member — will also serve on the CSF Board for the year. Penn State is developing the next generation workforce for the space industry through their development of Lunar Lion Moon landing system.

Since its inception in 2006, CSF’s membership has increased to more than 70 space sector innovators that are driving U.S. leadership in aerospace and space exploration. “We are inspired by our members’ commitment to democratizing space and grateful for their continued leadership and participation,” Stallmer said.

Washington, DC – The Commercial Spaceflight Federation today hosted its first Executive Leadership Forum, an open dialogue for policymakers, industry leaders and other key stakeholders to discuss key issues and opportunities in the commercial spaceflight industry.

Today’s keynote speaker, Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-OK), told the group that, “The commercial space industry holds enormous potential both as a tool of economic growth and reliable provider of services to government. The Commercial Space Launch Competitiveness Act is a tremendous milestone that will enable this industry to innovate and expand access to space. We must not let the momentum established by this law dissipate; Congress, together with stakeholders, need to continue proactively addressing issues that could serve as further impediments to commercial space.”

Rep. Bridenstine is a member of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee and the House Armed Services Committee’s Strategic Forces Subcommittee. Bridenstine is a recognized leader on commercial space issues and is a member of the Space Power Caucus and the Missile Defense Caucus.

CSF President Eric Stallmer reflected on the tremendous progress in the commercial space industry over the past decade and predicted continued expansion, particularly this year. “The technological advancements and continued innovation the last year alone have significantly raised the bar and created incredible excitement for our entire industry. We are looking forward to more successes ahead,” said Stallmer.

“The Commercial Spaceflight Federation, along with its member companies, have been critical to the policy successes we’ve had over the past year. I am particularly grateful for their work educating Members of Congress, such as myself, on the importance of the commercial space industry,” Bridenstine said.

“We are grateful for Representative Bridenstine’s leadership on space-related issues. We look forward to continuing to work with him and other congressional champions on policies that will further enable the industry’s progress and enhance U.S. competitiveness in space,” Stallmer concluded.

CSF and its members thank AGI for its sponsorship of today’s Executive Leadership Forum. Visit the CSF website for additional information about upcoming Forums and events.

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, visit the CSF website or

contact Jane Kinney at jane@commercialspaceflight.org or at 469.879.9503.

World View, the commercial balloon spaceflight company, has named retired NASA astronaut Ron Garan as Chief Pilot for current robotic flight operations and upcoming human spaceflights. A graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, a CSF Research and Education Affiliate, Garan will be responsible for the safety of all flight operations.

“It’s exciting to watch our industry grow, and the creation of high tech jobs further solidifies our nation’s pre-eminence in space,” said CSF President Eric Stallmer. “Under the guidance of such an experienced and acclaimed pilot as Ron Garan, World View is one step closer to bringing voyagers to the edge of space.”

World View flies balloons to near space carrying payloads that encompass a variety of purposes, including but not limited to climate modeling, First Response support, and astronomy research.

Garan will also be involved with World View’s future plans to fly passengers to the edge of space, where voyagers will experience the paradigm-shifting view of the curvature of Earth, something that only astronauts have had the privilege of seeing in person. “Ever since my first journey to space, I’ve felt a call to action to help spread a unique perspective of our home, this place we call Earth,” Garan said.

Garan’s extensive career includes time as an F-16 instructor pilot at the United States Air Force Fighter Weapons School and years serving as an experimental test pilot. Garan was selected to the astronaut corps as a pilot in July 2000. During his NASA career, Garan flew on both the U.S. Space Shuttle under the leadership of World View Director of Flight Operations, Mark Kelly, and with the Russians aboard the Soyuz spacecraft.

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 Jane Kinney at jane@commercialspaceflight.org or at (469) 879-9503.

NASA announced three cargo contract awards to ensure robust and affordable transportation of critical supplies, scientific experiments and commercial payloads to and from the International Space Station (ISS) through at least 2024. NASA selected Orbital ATK, Sierra Nevada Corporation, and SpaceX to continue and expand upon its successful public-private partnerships with American companies to obtain reliable cargo resupply services for the ISS.

“CSF congratulates NASA, Orbital ATK, Sierra Nevada Corporation, SpaceX, and their spaceport partners, Virginia’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS) and Florida’s Cape Canaveral Spaceport launch and landing site, on their commitment to resupply the ISS through 2024,” said CSF President Eric Stallmer. “The ISS is a critical laboratory for scientific and technological research that will enable U.S. human space exploration beyond LEO, as well as a dynamic commercial marketplace for technology demonstrations and SmallSat deployments. These Commercial Resupply Services 2 (CRS-2) contracts will not only expand ISS users’ access to greater cargo capability, but also provide increased schedule certainty and mission flexibility to ensure the fullest possible utilization of the ISS’s revolutionary capabilities, while creating resupply capacity for future private sector stations in LEO as well.”

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 Jane Kinney at jane@commercialspaceflight.org or at (469) 879 – 9503.

Washington D.C. –  SpaceX accomplished an incredible achievement yesterday evening when the first stage of its upgraded Falcon 9 rocket landed safely on solid ground in Cape Canaveral, Florida.

About three minutes after liftoff, the Falcon 9’s second stage separated in the upper atmosphere and went on to place 11 communications satellites, made by the Sierra Nevada Corporation, into an orbit 400 kilometers high for ORBCOMM. The vehicle’s first stage adjusted its trajectory, reentered the atmosphere and performed a soft, precision landing.  This marks the first time in history any part of an orbital rocket has achieved a land landing.

“It is clear that all of the time and hard work SpaceX spent upgrading the Falcon 9 paid off in this return to flight,” said Eric Stallmer, president of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation. “This comes on the heels of Blue Origin’s monumental landing in November and demonstrates the rapid advancements being made in our industry.  This progress over the past year is a testament to the incredible leaps forward towards complete reusability. I can’t wait to see what 2016 has in store for us.”

Traditionally, the first stage of a rocket is disposed of after launch, removing an opportunity to reuse valuable hardware. But by landing and recovering the first stage, SpaceX, Blue Origin, Masten and others have an opportunity to refurbish and reuse the first stage on future launches. The Commercial space industry is looking to normalize a business cycle of reusability in an effort to drive down launch costs and make spaceflight more accessible.

Washington, D.C. – Today Congress unveiled the fiscal year 2016 Omnibus Appropriations bill (Senate amendment to H.R. 2029), comprehensive legislation that allocates spending for the federal government for the current fiscal year.  Reflecting the Commercial Spaceflight Federation’s top priorities, the bill includes funding and guidance for all NASA programs and the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Office of Commercial Space Transportation (AST).

“I want to extend my thanks and congratulations to lawmakers for their hard work in crafting this bill. Also, I would like to commend the House and Senate Appropriators for continuing to work with us throughout this entire process to responsibly support NASA’s public-private partnerships and the FAA’s Office of Commercial Space Transportation to maintain the United State’s competitive edge in space,” said CSF President Eric Stallmer. “The funding levels in this legislation reaffirms strong bipartisan, bicameral support for public-private partnerships that harness commercial space capabilities to help build a sustainable American expansion into the solar system from the edge of space to low-Earth orbit and beyond.”

This bill funds NASA at $19.285 billion in FY 2016, an increase of $1.3 billion above FY 2015. Within the NASA portfolio, the bill fully funds the Commercial Crew Program to enable the United States to achieve safe, reliable, and independent human access to the International Space Station by 2017. The bill also includes critical monies to initiate development of a habitation augmentation module which will maximize the potential of the SLS and Orion deep space exploration architecture starting with their launch in 2018. The bill fully funds the Flight Opportunities program to enable affordable testing of new technologies necessary for future exploration plans, and provides critical training opportunities needed to sustain a skilled workforce. Finally, the bill provides funds for the 21st Century Space Launch Complex for all NASA-owned launch facilities to ensure that vital infrastructure for NASA missions are eligible for critical upgrades.

The bill also provides $17.8 million, and increase of $1.2 million over FY 15, for FAA’s Office of Commercial Space Transportation, plus $2 million for Commercial Space Transportation Safety, and $2 million within Research, Engineering and Development to better integrate commercial launch and reentry “traffic” with the National Airspace System. FAA AST plays a critical role in providing timely review and approval of launch and reentry licenses, experimental and spaceport licenses for the commercial space industry. CSF applauds the increase in funding for AST, but their budget will continue to constrain their ability to fulfill their responsibilities to industry as it is projected to grow. It is critical that FAA AST have the resources it needs to work with the industry in a manner that will continue to promote growth, and ensure public safety.

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 Jane Kinney at Jane@commercialspaceflight.org or 202.715.2928.