Commercial Spaceflight Federation

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Commercial Spaceflight Federation
Commercial Spaceflight Federation (logo).jpg
Founded 2005
Type Non-profit Trade Association
  • Washington D.C.
Area served
United States
Key people
Frank DiBello (Chairman)
Mission "To promote the development of commercial human spaceflight, pursue ever higher levels of safety, and share best practices and expertise throughout the industry."[1]

The Commercial Spaceflight Federation is a private spaceflight industry group, incorporated as an industry association for the purposes of establishing ever higher levels of safety for the commercial human spaceflight industry, sharing best practices and expertise, and promoting the growth of the industry worldwide.[2][3][4] Issues that the Commercial Spaceflight Federation work on include, but are not limited to, the STIM-Grants program for spaceport infrastructure, FAA regulations and permits, industry safety standards, public outreach, and public advocacy for the commercial space sector.[5]


The Commercial Spaceflight Federation was initially conceived as the Personal Spaceflight Federation (PSF) by a group of leaders in the newly emerging private spaceflight industry in 2005. The goal of the newly created Personal Spaceflight Federation was to "design and uphold the standards and processes necessary to ensure public safety and promote growth of the personal spaceflight industry."[6]

On August 22, 2006, the PSF laid out their priorities listing:[7]

  • Member Coordination
  • Government Interface
    • Both with congress and other federal agencies in order "to develop a legal and regulatory environment supportive of the growth of the human spaceflight industry."
  • Safety in spaceport operations, crew and passenger training, and vehicle manufacture, operations, and maintenance
    • Safety was highlighted as the most important concern for the PSF because safety was the common link between all the member companies
  • Insurance
  • Public Relations

On June 15, 2008, the Personal Spaceflight Federation announced a new website and a new name—the Commercial Spaceflight Federation—to emphasize "the diverse business activities of the commercial human spaceflight industry."[8] The areas the CSF was now representing included:

  • Cargo and Crew to the International Space Station
  • Flight of private individuals (space tourism)
  • Science Research Missions
  • Technology Research and Development
  • Astronaut Training
  • Education and Outreach Activities
  • National Security Applications

On August 10, 2009, the CSF announced the creation of the Suborbital Applications Research Group (SARG).[9] On February 18, 2010, the CSF announced a new research and education affiliates program.[10]


Updated January 29, 2015 [11]
Executive Members Associate Members
Alaska Aerospace Corporation ARES Corporation
Bigelow Aerospace Arizona State University
Blue Origin ASRC Federal
Jacksonville - Cecil Field Spaceport Barrios Technology
Masten Space Systems BRPH
Mojave Spaceport Colorado Space Coalition
Moon Express David Clark Company
Orbital Outfitters ETC - NASTAR Center
Paragon SDC Golden Spike Company
Planetary Resources Griffin Communications
Sierra Nevada Corporation Heinlein Prize Trust
Southwest Research Institute Houston Airport System
Space Adventures InterFlight Global
Space Florida Jacobs Technology
Spaceport America Logyx
SpaceX MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates
Virgin Galactic Midland Development Corporation
Virginia Commercial Space Flight Authority Near Space Corporation
Penn State Applied Research Laboratory
QinetiQ North America
S3 USA Holdings
Scaled Composites
Space Coast Spaceflight Alliance
Spaceflight Services
Spaceport Sweden
Waypoint 2 Space
World View Enterprises
X PRIZE Foundation

Suborbital Applications Researchers Group[edit]

The Suborbital Applications Researchers Group (SARG) was created on August 10, 2009 to "increase awareness of commercial suborbital vehicles in the science and R&D communities, to work with policymakers to ensure that payloads can have easy access to these vehicles, and to further develop ideas for the uses of these vehicles for science, engineering, and education missions."[9]

Members of SARG (Updated January 29, 2015)[12]
Member Affiliation
Dr. Steven Collicott Purdue University
Dr. Sean Casey Silicon Valley Space Center
Dr. Joshua Colwell University of Central Florida
Dr. Daniel Durda Southwest Research Institute
Mr. Steve Heck Citizens in Space
Dr. Makenzie Lystrup University of Colorado, Boulder
Dr. Anna-Lisa Paul University of Florida
Dr. H. Todd Smith JHU Applied Physics Laboratory
Dr. Mark Shelhamer Johns Hopkins University
Dr. Stan Solomon University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
Mr. Charlie Walker Human Spaceflight

Research and Education Affiliates[edit]

The Commercial Spaceflight Federation's Research and Education Affiliates program was created on February 18, 2010. The chairman of the CSF when the research and education affiliates program was created, Mark Sirangelo, said that "Researchers, engineers, and educators will be among the primary beneficiaries of the new generation of low-cost commercial spacecraft, as payload opportunities to space start to grow. We’re excited to create a new category of affiliate membership to strengthen the ties between the Commercial Spaceflight Federation and the research and education community."[10]

Research and Education Affiliates (Updated February 10, 2015)[13]
University of Central Florida
Purdue University
National Institute for Aviation Research
Rice Space Institute
Iowa State University
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Silicon Valley Space Center
The Museum of Flight
MSU Denver


  1. ^ "About Us - Commercial Spaceflight Federation". CSF. Retrieved 2011-01-27. 
  2. ^ David, Leonard (2005-02-09). "Personal Spaceflight Leaders Eye New Federation". Retrieved 2009-02-25. 
  3. ^ Boyle, Alan (2005-02-08). "Space racers unite in federation". MSNBC. Retrieved 2009-02-25. 
  4. ^ "Commercial Spaceflight Federation Unveils New Name and New Website" (PDF) (Press release). Commercial Spaceflight Federation. Retrieved 2009-06-27. 
  5. ^ Messier, Doug (April 29, 2010). "Cecil Field Joins Commercial Spaceflight Federation". Parabolic Arc. Retrieved January 28, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Space Entrepreneurs Resolve To Create Industry Group to Promote Safety Standards and Growth of the Personal Spaceflight Industry" (PDF) (Press release). Personal Spaceflight Federation. February 8, 2005. Retrieved January 28, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Personal Spaceflight Federation Announces Future Plans" (PDF) (Press release). Personal Spaceflight Federation. August 22, 2006. Retrieved January 28, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Newly Renamed Commercial Spaceflight Federation Launches New Website" (PDF) (Press release). Commercial Spaceflight Federation. June 15, 2009. Retrieved January 28, 2011. 
  9. ^ a b "Commercial Spaceflight Federation Creates Scientific Advisory Panel Focused on Suborbital Research Applications" (PDF) (Press release). Commercial Spaceflight Federation. August 10, 2009. Retrieved January 28, 2011. 
  10. ^ a b "Commercial Spaceflight Federation Announces New Research and Education Affiliates Program, Initial Participating Universities" (PDF) (Press release). Commercial Spaceflight Federation. February 18, 2010. Retrieved January 28, 2011. 
  11. ^ "Member Organizations - Commercial Spaceflight Federation". CSF. Retrieved January 29, 2015. 
  12. ^ "Suborbital Researchers Group (SARG) - Commercial Spaceflight Federation". CSF. Retrieved January 29, 2015. 
  13. ^ "Research and Education Affiliates - Commercial Spaceflight Federation". CSF. Retrieved February 10, 2015. 

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