Research and Education Affiliates

Researchers, engineers, students, and educators will be among the primary beneficiaries of the new generation of low-cost commercial spacecraft, as space payload opportunities grow. Universities, educational and student nonprofits, and other research and educational institutions are now eligible to become Research and Education Affiliates of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation (CSF).

Some membership benefits include:

  • Regular updates on industry developments in the CSF quarterly newsletter
  • Quarterly REM call with CSF staff
  • Access to the REM Members Only section of the CSF website
  • Regular updates on educational/university specific suborbital opportunities
  • Access to CSF staff’s significant expertise
  • Your institution’s logo included on the REM website
  • Access to REM member preferred internships and event calendar
  • Invitation to join CSF Suborbital Applications Researchers Group (SARG) meetings

For more information: Contact Tommy Sanford at tommy@commercialspaceflight.org.

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RESEARCH AND EDUCATION AFFILIATES
Astronauts4Hire
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Florida Institute of Technology
Iowa State University
Metropolitan State University of Denver
The Museum of Flight
National Institute for Aviation Research
New Mexico State University
Purdue University
Rice Space Institute
Silicon Valley Space Center
University of Central Florida


Astronauts4HireAstronauts for Hire is a 501(c)(3) non-profit formed in April 2010 to recruit and train qualified scientists and engineers for the rigors of spaceflight. Commonly referred to as “Astronauts4Hire” or just “A4H,” the organization conducts a range of activities related to commercial astronaut workforce development. A4H’s principal service is to train its members as professional astronaut candidates who can assist researchers, payload developers, and spaceflight providers with mission planning and operations support.


ERAU_logo_0509Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, the world’s largest, fully accredited university specializing in aviation and aerospace, is a nonprofit, independent institution offering more than 75 baccalaureate, master’s and Ph.D. degree programs in its colleges of Arts & Sciences, Aviation, Business, Engineering and Security & Intelligence. Embry-Riddle educates students at residential campuses in Daytona Beach, Fla., and Prescott, Ariz., through the Worldwide Campus with more than 125 locations in the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East, and through online programs. The university is a major research center, seeking solutions to real-world problems in partnership with the aerospace industry, other universities and government agencies.


Florida TechFlorida Institute of Technology’s mission is to provide high-quality education to a culturally diverse student body in order to prepare students for entering the global workforce, seeking higher-education opportunities, and serving within their communities. The university also seeks to expand knowledge through basic and applied research and to serve the diverse economic, cultural and societal needs of our local, state, national and international constituencies.


Iowa StateIowa State is an international university with a friendly welcoming personality. Students from all 50 states and more than 100 countries come to Ames, Iowa, to choose from 100 majors, study with world-class scholars and hone their leadership skills in 800-plus student organizations. Iowa State offers a great environment where students can enjoy reaching their potential and discovering their passions


MSUD_Formal_2CPos_FormatA_PANMetropolitan State University of Denver (MSU Denver) features the nationally recognized Aviation and Aerospace Science Department, which specializes in aeronautical science and commercial space systems management. The aviation program features one of the worlds most advanced flight training simulations lab. The aerospace program offers certification in space commercialization and BS degrees in aerospace operations, aerospace physics, and aerospace engineering technology. MSU Denver is a leader in educating Coloradans in fields of study particularly relevant to the national economy and demands of today’s employers. More than 21,000 students are currently enrolled at MSU Denver, and 75 percent of the University’s 80,000 graduates have remained in Colorado as valuable members of the state’s workforce.


PrintThe Museum of Flight exists to acquire, preserve, and exhibit historically significant air and space artifacts, which provide a foundation for scholarly research, and lifelong learning programs that inspire an interest in and understanding of science, technology, and the humanities. Located in Seattle, WA, the Museum of Flight began with the objective of showcasing Northwestern aviation artifacts and documents, but has now grown to include all forms of aerospace artifacts of national and international importance.


NIAR Logo and TextSince its inception in 1985, National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR) at Wichita State University has made a name for itself as the most capable university-based aviation research center in the United States, providing research, design, testing, certification and training to the aviation manufacturing industry, government agencies, educational entities and other clients that can benefit from our services.


New Mexico State University (NMSU) has a long history of research in space and aerospace, beginning with NMSU student teams film projects on the first V-2 flights at White Sands Proving Ground in 1946.  In 2011, NMSU had more than $17 million in current funding from more than 25 sponsors to support space and aerospace related research.  NMSU manages the Apache Point Observatory which is home of the Astrophysical Research Consortium 3.5-meter telescope and 0.5 meter small aperture telescope, the Sloan Digital Sky Survey 2.5 meter telescope, and the NMSU 1.0 meter telescope.  NMSU also houses the Planetary Data Systems (PDS) node for planetary atmospheres data, a NASA-funded archive of planetary data used by researchers world-wide.


Purdue UniversityThe mission of Purdue University is to serve the citizens of Indiana, the United States, and the world through discovery that expands the realm of knowledge, learning through dissemination and preservation of knowledge, and engagement through exchange of knowledge. The University promotes and champions learning by providing a variety of instructional settings where students and faculty can share and create new knowledge. It distributes knowledge to an audience of peers and citizens through a great diversity of academic literature and professional activities.


Rice SpaceRice Space Institute (RSI) has taken a central role in fostering programs, which have given rise to Rice’s international reputation in all areas of space research. Rice University invests in efforts to further the development of new ideas and innovation in the broad area that is space exploration and utilization. RSI provides the coordinating hub to foster and develop these activities. RSI partners with other Rice University institutes to advance space as part of the larger research endeavor on campus. The primary mission of RSI is to generate multidisciplinary collaboration, across campus and beyond the hedges, to stimulate advanced research and education focused on space.


SVSCSilicon Valley Space Center (SVSC) provides business acceleration, strategic direction and angel level funding for startup companies within the growing NewSpace industry in Silicon Valley. SVSC assists start-up and early-stage companies with the commercialization of their innovative products or services. SVSC regularly host events and workshops to bring together the vast array of entrepreneurs, scientists, engineers, and investors who share a passion for shaping the future of space exploration.


UCFThe University of Central Florida (UCF), founded in 1963, is the second-largest university in the nation. Located in Orlando, Florida, UCF and its 12 colleges provide opportunities to 61,000 students, offering 210 separate degree programs from UCF’s main campus, hospitality campus, health sciences campus and its 10 regional locations. UCF was ranked as the nation’s No. 3 “Up-and-Coming” university in the 2015 U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges rankings. Last year, Kiplinger’s and The Princeton Review ranked UCF as one of the nation’s best values for a college education.

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