The Commercial Spaceflight Federation is calling upon Congress and the Obama Administration to provide federal funding to the nation’s spaceports under an unfunded 1993 law:
Unlike airports, commercial spaceports currently have no opportunity to apply for federal matching dollars for infrastructure to support operations and protect public safety. In the 1993 NASA Authorization Act (Public Law No. 102-588), Congress authorized a new program to support commercial space transportation facilities, but no funding has been appropriated to date.
The Commercial Spaceflight Federation is pleased to announce its co-sponsorship of the Next-Generation Suborbital Researchers Conference (NSRC), which is being organized in conjunction with the Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) and the Universities Space Research Association (USRA).
An industry survey has revealed that over 5,000 direct jobs, including 1,700 jobs in Florida, would be created over the next five years if the $2.5 billion Commercial Crew Program proposed by the White House Review of U.S. Human Space Flight Plans Committee (also known as the Augustine Committee) moves forward. A Commercial Crew program would support full utilization of the Space Station, reduce U.S. reliance on Russia to launch American astronauts, and allow NASA to focus its resources on exploration beyond low-Earth-orbit (LEO).
The Case for Commercial Crew By John Gedmark Commercial Space Federation September 1, 2009
Today, the Washington Post editorial board offered a strong endorsement of commercial spaceflight for cargo and crew missions to the International Space Station. In todayâ€™s paper, the editorial board highlighted the Augustine Committeeâ€™s support of commercial spaceflight and wrote, â€œNow that the station is nearly complete, this might be an optimal time to open space to entrepreneurs. â€¦ Itâ€™s time to boldly go where no man has gone before. That means opening space to the kind of private-sector competition that revolutionized cyberspaceâ€¦â€
The Commercial Spaceflight Federation and the Next Step in Space Coalition welcome the strong support of commercial spaceflight expressed by the White Houseâ€™s Review of U.S. Human Space Flight Plans Committee, also known as the Augustine Committee for its Chairman, former aerospace industry executive Norm Augustine.
Professor joins spaceflight research group Central Florida Future
An associate professor of planetary science at UCF was recently appointed to a prestigious research and development group that specializes in space vehicles.
Josh Colwell joined the Commercial Spaceflight Federationâ€™s Suborbital Applications Researchers Group in August. He will serve on a panel with other professionals from universities such as John Hopkins University, Purdue University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology specializing in microgravity physics.
Matthew Isakowitz of the Commercial Space Federation has posted this report about the Suborbital Applications Research Group’s first session:
This week, the Suborbital Applications Researchers Group (SARG), an advisory committee of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation, met at the Boulder, Colorado campus of the Southwest Research Institute to discuss the research and education potential of the new generation of commercial suborbital vehicles. The multi-disciplinary committee discussed a variety of possible missions, ranging from fluid-mechanics experiments and atmospheric sampling to life sciences research and low-cost student-built payloads.
After the meeting, SARG member Dr. Daniel Durda, a planetary scientist at the Southwest Research Institute, said, â€œHearing my colleagues from other research disciplines describe the new investigations theyâ€™re excitedly looking forward to, itâ€™s clear that this next generation of suborbital vehicles has the potential to fundamentally transform the way we think about doing space science.â€
During this week’s hearing of the White House Review of U.S. Human Space Flight Plans Committee, members of the Committee expressed broad support for expanding the role of commercial spaceflight for delivery of cargo and crew to the International Space Station.
MIT professor Ed Crawley, a member of the Committee, stated during the August 12th public hearing that there is a strong consensus among the Committee that the government should support a vigorous program of developing commercial crew transportation, in addition to the existing COTS program for commercial cargo to the Space Station.
The Commercial Spaceflight Federation is pleased to announce the creation of the Suborbital Applications Researchers Group (SARG), composed of experienced scientists, researchers, and educators dedicated to furthering the research and education potential of suborbital reusable launch vehicles under development by the commercial spaceflight sector.
The Commercial Spaceflight Federation, an industry association representing 20 commercial spaceflight developers, operators and spaceports, today announced the appointment of Makovsky + Company, one of the nationâ€™s largest independent public relations firms, as its public relations advisor.
Makovsky, which was recently recognized as the â€œPublic Relations Agency of the Yearâ€ by the American Business Awards, will provide public relations, traditional and social media relations and public affairs counsel to the Federation.
Some bad news about the Orion capsule and Ares rocket, courtesy of NASASpaceFlight.com:
The Orion Crew Exploration Vehicle (CEV) is undergoing further reductions in its capability – including the elimination of the vehicleâ€™s unmanned ability – as Constellation managers attempt to resolve numerous issues ahead of the Orion Project PDR (Preliminary Design Review). Issues noted in the recent â€œTop Risksâ€ review list 10 serious issues with the Ares and Orion vehicles, ranging from Ares I-X, through to Orion itself.
Enabling the development of commercial crew and cargo transportation to the International Space Station is the central recommendation of a policy paper submitted by members of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation to the Review of U.S. Human Space Flight Plans Committee, also known as the Augustine Committee.
The Commercial Spaceflight Federation, the industry association of leading businesses and organizations working to make commercial human spaceflight a reality, has selected a new Chairman of the Board, Mark N. Sirangelo of the Sierra Nevada Corporation. Sirangelo and a new slate of officers for the Commercial Spaceflight Federation were elected at a recent board meeting by a diverse cross-section of industry leaders.
The industry association of companies seeking to make commercial human spaceflight a reality has rolled out a new website and a new name. The Commercial Spaceflight Federation, previously known as the Personal Spaceflight Federation, instituted the changes after a review of the organizationâ€™s messaging by industry leaders at a recent board meeting.