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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, airspace issues, FAA regulations and permits, industry safety standards, public outreach, and public advocacy for the commercial space sector.[5][6]

Commercial Spaceflight Federation
TypeNon-profit Trade Association
  • Washington D.C.
Area served
United States
Key people
Eric Stallmer (President)



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."[7]

On August 22, 2006, the PSF laid out their priorities as:[8]

  • 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."[9] The areas the CSF now represented include:

On August 10, 2009, the CSF announced the creation of the Suborbital Applications Research Group (SARG).[10] On February 18, 2010, the CSF announced a new research and education affiliates program.[11]

Lobbying effortsEdit

The Commercial Spaceflight Federation lobbied for passage of the 2015 Commercial Space Bill.[12]

They opposed the sale of excess ICBMs for use in space launch.[13]

The Commercial Spaceflight Federation hosted a cocktail party for members of the National Space Council, including Vice President Pence, in February 2018.[14]


Suborbital Applications Researchers GroupEdit

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."[10]

Members of SARG (Updated December 17, 2018)[16]
Member Affiliation
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
Bobby Russell Questforstars
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 AffiliatesEdit

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."[11]

Research and Education Affiliates (Updated December 17, 2018)[17]
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
Purdue University
Silicon Valley Space Center
Sovaris Aerospace
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

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "About Us - Commercial Spaceflight Federation". Commercial Spaceflight Federation. CSF. Archived from the original on 2011-07-24. 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. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-04-21. Retrieved 2009-06-27.
  5. ^ Messier, Doug (April 29, 2010). "Cecil Field Joins Commercial Spaceflight Federation". Parabolic Arc. Retrieved January 28, 2011.
  6. ^ "Airspace usage a priority for new commercial industry group chairman -". 2018-09-04. Retrieved 2018-11-09.
  7. ^ "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. Archived from the original (PDF) on July 24, 2011. Retrieved January 28, 2011.
  8. ^ "Personal Spaceflight Federation Announces Future Plans" (PDF) (Press release). Personal Spaceflight Federation. August 22, 2006. Archived from the original (PDF) on July 24, 2011. Retrieved January 28, 2011.
  9. ^ "Newly Renamed Commercial Spaceflight Federation Launches New Website" (PDF) (Press release). Commercial Spaceflight Federation. June 15, 2009. Archived from the original (PDF) on April 21, 2012. Retrieved January 28, 2011.
  10. ^ a b "Commercial Spaceflight Federation Creates Scientific Advisory Panel Focused on Suborbital Research Applications" (PDF) (Press release). Commercial Spaceflight Federation. August 10, 2009. Archived from the original (PDF) on July 24, 2011. Retrieved January 28, 2011.
  11. ^ a b "Commercial Spaceflight Federation Announces New Research and Education Affiliates Program, Initial Participating Universities" (PDF) (Press release). Commercial Spaceflight Federation. February 18, 2010. Archived from the original (PDF) on July 24, 2011. Retrieved January 28, 2011.
  12. ^ Foust, Jeff (November 3, 2015). "Senate Holds Up Final Passage of Commercial Space Bill". Space News. Retrieved December 17, 2018.
  13. ^ 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.
  14. ^ 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.
  15. ^ "Member Organizations - Commercial Spaceflight Federation". CSF. Retrieved January 29, 2015.
  16. ^ "Suborbital Researchers Group (SARG) - Commercial Spaceflight Federation". CSF. Retrieved December 17, 2018.
  17. ^ "Research and Education Affiliates - Commercial Spaceflight Federation". CSF. Retrieved December 17, 2018.

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