CSF Adds New Executive and Associate Members

csf_logo_newestWashington D.C., Jan. 8, 2014 (CSF PR) – The Commercial Spaceflight Federation is pleased to announce the addition of seven new member organizations. The Virginia Commercial Space Flight Authority joins as the 18th Executive Member. New Associate Members include Ares Corporation, Colorado Space Coalition, Penn State Applied Research Laboratory, QinetiQ North America, Satwest, and Space Coast Spaceflight Alliance.

“The unprecedented expansion in our membership mirrors the growth of the commercial spaceflight industry, and an increasing interest in private spaceflight,” said CSF President Michael Lopez-Alegria. “The industry celebrated many successes last year, and we see 2014 as a vital year in which our members will continue to demonstrate the tremendous promise of commercial spaceflight to engage and educate people around the world.”


SpaceLoft XL Rocket Launches From Spaceport America

SpaceLoft XL rocket launch from Spaceport America (file photo).

A SpaceLoft XL sounding rocket launch from Spaceport America in New Mexico appears to have succeeded, according to initial Twitter reports out of New Mexico.

The flight, which was paid for by NASA’s Flight Opportunities Program, was flown to test six technologies. One of the experiments included the transmission of the first text messages to space.

Descriptions of the payloads and the launch vehicle follow after the break.


Satwest to Launch First Texts To Space

ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico, USA (SatWest PR) –
Satwest, one of the world’s first commercial suborbital research and development companies, is partnering with Bosque School, working with the school’s Physics II lab, in order to send the world’s first texts into space.

Satwest, in partnership with private spaceflight company UP Aerospace, will launch a rocket carrying Satwest’s communication payload on Nov. 12 at Spaceport America located near Truth or Consequences, NM. The students will be following the mission via the hashtag #TextsToSpace. Once a specific altitude is achieved, a series of thirty texts will be issued by the students, and tweeted live throughout the event. Once the craft has returned to earth, a recovery team will return the rocket to Spaceport America. Satwest will retrieve the payload, and confirm receipt of the Bosque texts.