CSF President Craig Steidle Steps Down

Retired Navy Admiral and former high-ranking NASA official Craig Steidle has stepped down as the president of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation for medical reasons, according to CSF Chairman Eric Anderson.

“The entire commercial spaceflight industry recognizes Admiral Steidle’s tremendous work during his service to CSF,” Anderson said in a statement quoted by Space News. “He has been able to accomplish much since taking the helm and the Federation wishes him well and thanks him for all his hard work.”

Steidle succeeded Bretton Alexander as CSF president on May 15. The federation has not named a successor yet.

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CSF on NASA’s Suborbital Payload Provider Picks: We Like ’em!


Washington, D.C., Tuesday, August 9, 2011 (CSF PR) – The Commercial Spaceflight Federation is pleased to congratulate member companies Armadillo Aerospace, Masten Space Systems, Virgin Galactic, and XCOR Aerospace for winning the latest round of contracts today to integrate and fly payloads to space as part of NASA’s Commercial Reusable Suborbital Research (CRuSR) program.  The CRuSR program is part of NASA’s Space Technology Program under the leadership of NASA’s Chief Technologist, Dr. Bobby Braun.

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Commercial Spaceflight Federation Adds 7 Members

CSF PRESS RELEASE

The Commercial Spaceflight Federation is pleased to announce that seven companies providing support services to the commercial spaceflight industry have joined the Federation as Associate Members: ARES Corporation, Cimarron Software Services, Ecliptic Enterprises Corporation, Innovative Health Applications, MDA Corporation, RS&H, and SEAKR Engineering. With the addition of these new Associate Members – in locations ranging from Kennedy Space Center, Florida and Denver, Colorado to Houston, Texas and Pasadena, California – the Commercial Spaceflight Federation now includes over 40 leading aerospace companies contributing to the growth of commercial human spaceflight.

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Eric Anderson Elected New Chairman of Commercial Spaceflight Federation

CSF PRESS RELEASE

The Commercial Spaceflight Federation, representing 37 companies employing thousands of Americans nationwide, has selected its next Chairman of the Board, Eric C. Anderson, who holds the position of chairman of Space Adventures, Ltd.  Anderson was elected by a diverse cross-section of industry leaders at a recent board meeting.  Anderson succeeds Mark Sirangelo of Sierra Nevada Space Systems, who has completed his appointed term as Federation Chairman.  Mr. Sirangelo will continue on as an officer and board member of the Federation as Chairman Emeritus.
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CSF Clarifies Assumptions in Scientific Paper About Space Tourism Pollution

CSF PRESS RELEASE AND FACT SHEET

The Commercial Spaceflight Federation and its member organizations, including five providers of commercial reusable suborbital spaceflight services, supports the kind of scientific inquiry that led to the recent Ross et al. Geophysical Research Letters paper titled, “Potential Climate Impact of Black Carbon Emitted by Rockets.” The commercial spaceflight sector aspires to good environmental stewardship.

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CSF, X PRIZE Foundation Praise NASA’s Lunar Data Buys

CSF PRESS RELEASE

The Commercial Spaceflight Federation strongly welcomes NASA’s announcement earlier this month that the space agency will purchase data generated by innovative lunar robotic missions being prepared by six commercial space companies in pursuit of the Google Lunar X PRIZE, through the space agency’s new $30.1 million Innovative Lunar Demonstrations Data program.

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Space Economy Career Fair Scheduled for Houston

SPACE ECONOMY CAREER FAIR SCHEDULED FOR HOUSTON

Fair brings together government leaders and space industry veterans to explore new employment opportunities and expansion plans in Houston area

HOUSTON – October 6, 2010– The Next Step in Space Coalition and the Commercial Spaceflight Federation are hosting a Space Economy Career Fair to match potential employers with the best and brightest in the space industry. The global space economy is now estimated at more than $250 billion and is expected to grow at a healthy rate in the next decade with further commercialization of the industry. The fair is designed to provide employers the opportunity to meet and interview with seasoned veterans of the space industry displaced by recent policy changes and the current economic climate. Employers and job seekers can register for the fair at www.spaceeconomyhouston.org.

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AIA, CSF Praise House Approval of NASA Funding Bill

The Aerospace Industries Association and the Commercial Spaceflight Federation have both issued statements praising the House’s approval of the Senate authorization bill for NASA.

AIA STATEMENT

AIA is extremely pleased that the House has passed the NASA Authorization Act of 2010, paving the way for the bill to become law with the president’s signature. Passage of this act is crucial to maintaining a robust U.S. human spaceflight program.
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CSF: House Should Immediately Pass Senate Version of NASA Funding Bill

CSF PRESS RELEASE

The Commercial Spaceflight Federation strongly supports Senate bill S.3729, the NASA Authorization Act of 2010, which has been approved unanimously by the Senate.  The Commercial Spaceflight Federation urges that the House vote to pass the Senate bill immediately, before the new fiscal year begins on October 1.

Commercial Spaceflight Federation President Bretton Alexander said, “With the new fiscal year about to begin, space industry businesses and individual space workers can’t afford more months of ongoing uncertainty – they need to know what future to plan for.  A protracted stalemate over the NASA authorization bill would likely cause continued layoffs and would make it more difficult for commercial companies to ramp up hiring.  We cannot afford to delay the creation of new jobs, and the Senate bill, which we support, could be on the President’s desk before the end of the week.  The only way to avoid months of limbo for NASA is for a prompt resolution by Congress before the new fiscal year begins, and the Commercial Spaceflight Federation urges a speedy resolution to this process.”

Commercial Spaceflight Federation Adds 5 New Members

CSF PRESS RELEASE

The Commercial Spaceflight Federation is pleased to announce that Barrios Technology, BWSC Inc., J&P Technologies, ORBITEC, and Triumph Aerospace Systems-Newport News have joined the Federation as Associate Members.  With the addition of these five new Associate Members – in locations ranging from Huntsville, Alabama and Houston, Texas to Madison, Wisconsin and San Diego, California – the Commercial Spaceflight Federation now includes over 35 leading aerospace companies.

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Virgin Galactic CEO Whitesides to Speak to Congressional Black Caucus

George Whitesides and CBC members lead the discussion on jobs creation and business opportunities for blacks in space commercialization

WASHINGTON, D.C. (September 6, 2010) — Coinciding with the Congressional Black Caucus, an exciting forum will explore how space entrepreneurship presents economic and development opportunities to emerging minority-owned businesses.

The forum will be held at the Rayburn Building’s Science and Technology Committee Room (Room 2318), September 15 from 3:00 – 5pm. The event is free and open to the public.

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CSF Tackles Commercial Space’s Myths vs. Realities

SpaceX's Falcon 9 on the pad at Cape Canaveral. (Credit: Chris Thompson/SpaceX)
SpaceX's Falcon 9 on the pad at Cape Canaveral. (Credit: Chris Thompson/SpaceX)

CSF STATEMENT

As a strong supporter of a robust NASA human spaceflight program, the Commercial Spaceflight Federation is releasing the following statement to address topics related to human spaceflight, including commercial human spaceflight.  Please see items below on the topics of capability, safety, and cost savings:

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