CSF to Congress: Fund Program for Spaceport Improvements

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.

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Next-Generation Suborbital Researchers to Meet in February

Students performe an experiment in microgravity aboard the Airbus A300 Zero-G plane.
Students performe an experiment in microgravity aboard the Airbus A300 Zero-G plane.

CSF PRESS RELEASE

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).

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CSF Says Commercial Crew Program Could Create 5,000+ Jobs

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CSF PRESS RELEASE

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).

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CSF Lays Out Rationale for Commercial Human Space Effort

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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 today’s paper, the editorial board highlighted the Augustine Committee’s support of commercial spaceflight and wrote, “Now that the station is nearly complete, this might be an optimal time to open space to entrepreneurs. … It’s time to boldly go where no man has gone before. That means opening space to the kind of private-sector competition that revolutionized cyberspace…”

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CSF Hearts Augustine

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CSF PRESS RELEASE

The Commercial Spaceflight Federation and the Next Step in Space Coalition welcome the strong support of commercial spaceflight expressed by the White House’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.

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Professor Joins Spaceflight Research Group

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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 Federation’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.

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Report on Suborbital Application Research Group’s First Session

Students performe an experiment in microgravity aboard the Airbus A300 Zero-G plane.
Students perform an experiment in microgravity aboard the Airbus A300 Zero-G plane.

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, “Hearing my colleagues from other research disciplines describe the new investigations they’re excitedly looking forward to, it’s clear that this next generation of suborbital vehicles has the potential to fundamentally transform the way we think about doing space science.”

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CSF Likes Augustine Commission Take on Commercial Space

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Commercial Spaceflight Federation Press Release

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.

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CSF Forms Suborbital Applications Research Group

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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.

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Commercial Spaceflight Federation Hires PR Firm

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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 nation’s largest independent public relations firms, as its public relations advisor.

Makovsky, which was recently recognized as the “Public Relations Agency of the Year” by the American Business Awards, will provide public relations, traditional and social media relations and public affairs counsel to the Federation.

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The Incredible Shrinking Orion….

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Model of NASA's Orion spacecraft

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 vehicle’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 “Top Risks” review list 10 serious issues with the Ares and Orion vehicles, ranging from Ares I-X, through to Orion itself.

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CSF Elects Sierra Nevada’s Sirangelo as New Chairman

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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.

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Personal Spaceflight Federation Changes Name, Website

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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 organization’s messaging by industry leaders at a recent board meeting.

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