Commercial Spaceflight Federation
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|Type||Non-profit Trade Association|
|Eric Stallmer (President)|
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. Issues that the Commercial Spaceflight Federation work on include, but are not limited to, airspace issues, FAA regulations and permits, industry safety standards, public outreach, and public advocacy for the commercial space sector.
The Commercial Spaceflight Federation was initially conceived as the Personal Spaceflight Federation (PSF) by a group of leaders in the 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."
On August 22, 2006, the PSF laid out their priorities as:
- 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
- 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." The areas the CSF now represented include:
On August 10, 2009, the CSF announced the creation of the Suborbital Applications Research Group (SARG). On February 18, 2010, the CSF announced a new research and education affiliates program.
The Commercial Spaceflight Federation lobbied for passage of the 2015 Commercial Space Bill.
Suborbital Applications Researchers Group
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."
|Michael Banish||University of Alabama in Huntsville|
|Sean Casey||Silicon Valley Space Center|
|Steven Collicott||Purdue University|
|Marsh Cuttino||Orbital Medicine|
|Adrienne Dove||University of Central Florida|
|Steve Heck||The Arete STEM Project and Foundation|
|Anna-Lisa Paul||University of Florida|
|Tommy Sanford||Commercial Spceflight Federation|
|Mark Shelhamer||Johns Hopkins University|
|H. Todd Smith||JHU Applied Physics Laboratory|
|Constantine Tsang||Southwest Research Institute|
|Charlie Walker||Independent Consultant & Speaker|
Research and Education Affiliates
The Commercial Spaceflight Federation's Research and Education Affiliates program was created on February 18, 2010. Mark Sirangelo, the chairman of the CSF when the research and education affiliates program was created, stated: "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."
|American Society for Gravitational and Space Research|
|Association of Spaceflight Professionals|
|Batelle Center for Science, Engineering, and Public Policy, Ohio State University|
|Department of Aeronautics & Astronautics, Stanford University|
|Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University|
|Florida Institute of Technology|
|Florida State University|
|The Museum of Flight|
|National Institute for Aviation Research|
|New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology|
|New Mexico State University|
|Silicon Valley Space Center|
|Space Medicine Association|
|STARS at Carnegie Mellon|
|University of Florida|
|The University of Arizona|
|University of North Dakota|
|U.S. Space & Rocket Center|
|University of Texas Medical Branch|
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- "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.
- "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.
- Foust, Jeff (November 3, 2015). "Senate Holds Up Final Passage of Commercial Space Bill". Space News. Retrieved December 17, 2018.
- Willgress, Lydia (April 21, 2016). "Pentagon wants to 'utilise' Cold War missiles that used to be pointed at Russia as space exploration company asks for them to be sold". MailOnline.
- Davenport, Christopher (February 16, 2018). "As Elon Musk antagonized rival, the space industry battled over who will host a cocktail reception for the vice president". The Washington Post. Retrieved December 17, 2018.
- "Member Organizations - Commercial Spaceflight Federation". CSF. Retrieved January 29, 2015.
- "Suborbital Researchers Group (SARG) - Commercial Spaceflight Federation". CSF. Retrieved December 17, 2018.
- "Research and Education Affiliates - Commercial Spaceflight Federation". CSF. Retrieved December 17, 2018.