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  • 1. Sustaining Human Activity in Space Through Commercial Spaceflight Commercial Spaceflight Federation Alex Saltman Executive Director saltman@commercialspaceflight.org Page 1
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  • 3. Commercial Spaceflight FederationThe Commercial Spaceflight Federation (CSF) is theindustry association of leading businesses andorganizations working to make commercial humanspaceflight a reality.Mission of CSF: To promote the development ofcommercial human spaceflight, pursue ever higher levelsof safety, and share best practices and expertisethroughout the industry.Michael Lopez-Alegria, record-breaking former NASAastronaut, was recently hired to be CSF’s President. Page 3
  • 4. 45 Members and Counting…EXECUTIVE MEMBERSArmadillo AerospaceBlue OriginExcalibur AlmazJacksonville-Cecil Field SpaceportMasten Space SystemsMojave SpaceportSierra Nevada CorporationSouthwest Research InstituteSpace AdventuresSpace FloridaSpaceport AmericaSpaceXUnited Launch AllianceVirgin GalacticXCOR Aerospace Page 4
  • 5. Recent Member ActivitiesSierra Nevada Corporations Space Systems completes a major NASA Commercial Crew milestone by delivering the Dream Chaser first flight test vehicle structure.SpaceX successfully test-fires a SuperDraco engine, which will be used for launch escape and propulsive landing.United Launch Alliance completes a design milestones necessary for certifying Atlas V for human spaceflight andArmadillo Aerospace launches to an altitude of almost 60 miles from Spaceport America, carrying a student scientific payload from Purdue University.Space Adventures books first of two seats for its private lunar spaceflight mission.Masten Space Systems conducts free-flight of Xaero vehicle in preparation for NASA flights, inks agreement with Space Florida for launches. Page 5
  • 6. Our BoardOfficers  Chairman Eric Anderson Space Adventures  Jeff Greason XCOR Aerospace  Gwynne Shotwell SpaceX  George Whitesides Virgin Galactic  Stu Witt Mojave Spaceport  Mark Sirangelo, Chairman Emeritus Sierra Nevada Corp Page 6
  • 7. NASA’s Human Exploration MissionNASA must explore beyond low Earth orbit, to refresh ournation’s pioneering spirit and excite the public.But the Augustine Commission said NASA needed moremoney to do that.So, NASA must become more efficient.Many ways the private sector can help, but here are two: Reduce the cost of maintaining the Space Station through commercial transportation of cargo and crew Help develop new technologies for exploration that make exploration cheaper and easier Page 7
  • 8. NASA: Commercial Cargo ProgramCOTS was a program for competitively awarded, fixed-price contracts to develop vehicles for cargo delivery to theInternational Space StationResupply contracts were awarded for flights to Orbital andSpaceXSpaceX launched a test flight on December 8, 2010 and isexpected to launch again in the next two monthsOrbital expected to launch later this summerVehicles were developed for far cheaper than previousdevelopment efforts, indicating that this is a model thatshould be used more Page 8
  • 9. NASA: Commercial Crew ProgramCompetitively awarded, fixed-price contracts to developvehicles for crew delivery to the International SpaceStationRound two is in progress, with four companies funded toproduce systems for use in their eventual vehicles:SpaceX, Sierra Nevada, Blue Origin and Boeing,countless subcontractorsNext round is CCiCap: Integrated system for crew delivery With extension, would take companies to first human flight Proposals were due on March 23, awards in the summer Page 9
  • 10. NASA: Space TechnologyEarly stage innovationGrants, SBIR/STTR, Centennial challengesGame-changing technology developmentCommercial suborbital flightsTechnology demonstrations, including:Autonomous landingSolar sailsLaser communicationsAnd more! Page 10
  • 11. Contact Alex Saltman Executive DirectorCommercial Spaceflight Federationsaltman@commercialspaceflight.org 202-349-1121 Page 11