Commercial Spaceflight Federation

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Commercial Spaceflight Federation
Founded 2005
Type Non-profit Trade Association
Location
  • Washington D.C.
Area served
United States
Members
70+
Key people
Eric Stallmer (President)
Website www.commercialspaceflight.org

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]

History[edit]

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."[6]

On August 22, 2006, the PSF laid out their priorities as:[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 now represented include:

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]

Members[edit]

Updated September 6, 2017 [11]
Executive Members Associate Members
Bigelow Aerospace AGI
Blue Origin Alaska Aerospace Corporation
Jacksonville - Cecil Field Spaceport Analytical Space
Masten Space Systems Arizona State University
Mojave Air and Space Port Barrios Technology
Midland International Air and Space Port BRPH
Moon Express Calspan
Planetary Resources CASIS
Sierra Nevada Corporation David Clark Company
Southwest Research Institute DigitalGlobe
Space Florida EnerSys
Spaceport America NASTAR
Spaceport Camden Golden Spike
SpaceX Ground Based Space Matters
Space Systems Loral Heinlein Prize Trust
Virgin Galactic Houston Airport System
Virginia Commercial Space Flight Authority International Symposium for Personal and Commercial Spaceflight
World View Enterprises Jacobs Technology
Kimley Horn
Made in Space
MLA Space
NanoRacks
Planet
Qwaltec
Relativity Space
RS&H
S.O. Witt & Associates
Space Adventures
Space Coast Spaceflight Alliance
Spaceport Sweden
Stratolaunch
TIP Technologies
University of Central Florida
Vector Space Systems

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, 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."[10]

Research and Education Affiliates (Updated September 6, 2017)[13]
Member
American Society for Gravitational and Space Research
Association of Spaceflight Professionals
Department of Aeronautics & Astronautics, Stanford University
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Florida Institute of Technology
Florida State University
Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
Metropolitan State University of Denver
The Museum of Flight
National Institute for Aviation Research
New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology
New Mexico State University
Purdue University
Rice Space Institute
Silicon Valley Space Center
Sovaris Aerospace
Space Medicine Association
University of Colorado Boulder
University of Florida
U.S. Space & Rocket Center
University of Texas Medical Branch

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "About Us - Commercial Spaceflight Federation". Commercial Spaceflight Federation. CSF. Retrieved 2011-01-27. 
  2. ^ David, Leonard (2005-02-09). "Personal Spaceflight Leaders Eye New Federation". SPACE.com. 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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