“Today’s announcement by the Inspiration Mars Foundation is as exciting as the project is ambitious,” stated CSF President Michael Lopez-Alegria. “This philanthropic effort shares some of the fundamental values of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation, including the belief that innovation and inspiration can be created by all Americans. We look forward to following the Foundation’s progress [...]
CSF President Michael Lopez-Alegria Statement on the Announcement of the Inspiration Mars Foundation
Suborbital Service Providers, Science, Research and Education Organizations Come Together to Establish the Suborbital Coalition
Washington D.C.- A new industry is forming that will offer routine, safe and affordable flights to space. The Suborbital Coalition consists of suborbital service providers, science and education organizations and others who are dedicated to making this ground-breaking capability accessible to researchers, students, teachers and others across the country. Suborbital spaceflight will bring unique opportunities [...]
In a column at nature.com today, planetary scientist Alan Stern outlined the great advantages the burgeoning commercial space industry will bring to scientific research. Check it out on Nature’s webpage here.
Washington, D.C: Today, the Commercial Spaceflight Federation welcomed the strong support for NASA’s Space Technology program in the Fiscal Year 2013 proposed budget.
The Space Technology program is NASA’s investment in the future; by developing technologies to improve all aspects of NASA’s operations, it ensures that NASA stays at the forefront of space exploration and scientific research. The technologies it develops will also improve quality of life on Earth, sustain America’s global economic competitiveness, enable the NASA missions of the future and create high-tech jobs across the country.
The Space Technology program takes new technologies from inspiration to application, funding new technology research in the lab; testing it in realistic environments, including on reusable suborbital vehicles; and developing it for applications to NASA’s human and robotic exploration programs. Although the program has been in place and funded for less than a year, it is already developing projects in areas such as cryogenic propellant storage and transfer, solar sails, and aerodynamic decelerators designed to make NASA’s missions safer, more efficient, and more capable.
Federation Chairman Eric Anderson said, “These precious investments help ensure that NASA remains at the forefront of technology and exploration. The funds boost the U.S. economy; maintaining high-tech jobs in America and keeping NASA’s human and robotic programs strong.”
Because rapid prototyping, testing and evaluation are the key to a great technology program, one vital part of the is the Flight Opportunities program, which provides flights on new commercial, reusable, suborbital and reduced-gravity vehicles for research and flight-testing of new technologies. This type of testing effectively proves out new technologies before they are flown on missions costing tens and hundreds of millions of dollars. NASA has already approved projects testing a variety of technologies, including medical devices and fuel tank sensors, and recently issued a call for game-changing technology experiments to be flown on these vehicles as well. Because of the cost-effective nature of suborbital and reduced-gravity flight, NASA expects to fund around twenty projects with a total budget of just a few million dollars.
In a report released earlier this year, the National Research Council stated, “Success in executing future NASA space missions will depend on advanced technology developments that should already be underway. It has been years since NASA has had a vigorous, broad-based program in advanced space technology development, and NASA’s technology base is largely depleted.”
Executive Director Alex Saltman stated, “Continued funding for NASA’s Space Technologies program is critical. Without these technologies, NASA will be stuck with 20th century capabilities while advanced spaceflight technologies take root in space programs overseas.”
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 Executive Director Alex Saltman at email@example.com or at 202.349.1121.
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Washington, D.C: As the commercial spaceflight industry prepares for its first commercial launches, the Commercial Spaceflight Federation is announcing the creation of a new coalition to bring suborbital spaceflight to students, teachers, researchers, and companies across the country. This week’s passage of legislation to ensure a stable regulatory climate for commercial spaceflight was the starting [...]
Advanced Registration Deadline is February 10 for the Next-Generation Suborbital Researchers Conference 2012
The 2012 Next-Generation Suborbital Researchers Conference will be held in Palo Alto, California on February 27-29. Advanced registration will end next Friday, February 10, after which the registration price will increase. If you, your colleagues or students have not registered yet, there is still time. Go to http://nsrc.swri.org/ to register. You might also be eligible [...]
Washington, D.C.: The Commercial Spaceflight Federation welcomes yesterday’s release of the National Research Council report on NASA’s Space Technology Program. The Federation and its member companies are strong advocates for robust funding for the Space Technology Program. The report found, “It has been years since NASA has had a vigorous, broad-based program in advanced space technology [...]