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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.”


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  • January 8, 2014
Virginia Commercial Space Flight Authority to Focus on Small and Medium-Lift Rockets

Antares rolled out to the launch pad on Wallops Island. (Credit: NASA)

By Douglas Messier
Parabolic Arc Managing Editor

The Virginia Commercial Space Flight Authority (VCSFA) has issued a Strategic Plan [Download PDF] that calls for the development of Wallops Island as a multi-user spaceport focused on small and medium-lift rockets to supplement existing launches and future Antares cargo flights to the International Space Station.

“The VCSFA’s location and capabilities are ideal for small and medium-lift launches,” according to the report, which covers the years 2012-17. “Although ISS resupply missions are growing, VCSFA intends to look to additional commercial launches, including the areas of defense and national security. The near-term focus is on expanding medium-lift launches as the market outlook is favorable.”


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  • December 16, 2012
Virginia Commercial Space Flight Authority Hires New Executive Director

Launch complexes on Wallops Island, Virginia

Wallops Island, Virg. (VirginiAviation PR) –- The Virginia Commercial Space Flight Authority (VCSFA) Board of Directors today announced the selection of Dale K. Nash to serve as the Authority’s new Executive Director beginning July 31, 2012. Mr. Nash will replace Dr. Billie Reed, who has served as Executive Director since the VCSFA was established in July 1995.

Speaking about today’s announcement, Secretary of Transportation Sean T. Connaughton said, “We are very excited to have Dale join the VCSFA team. His years of experience in the aerospace industry will be a tremendous boost to the Authority as it works to become the number one commercial space port in the U.S. With his leadership, the Commonwealth can seize upon the tremendous advantages we have in the aerospace industry to grow the VCSFA and create much needed economic development and jobs.”


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  • June 29, 2012
Viriginia Governor Appoints Second Orbital Sciences Rep to VCSFA Board

Pad OA at Wallops Island. (Credit: Orbital Sciences Corporation)

Gov. Bob McDonnell has appointed a second Orbital Sciences Corporation official to the 13-member Virginia Commercial Space Flight Authority board, filling a slot reserved for the company that had been left vacant. The Daily Press reports that McDonnell appointed Robert T. “Bob” Richards, vice president of Orbital’s human spaceflight systems’ advanced programs group, to the board last Friday.

A recent study conducted for the Commonwealth by KPMG recommended creating a smaller board of directors and removing Orbital from its membership. The consulting firm says that Orbital’s presence on the board is seen as a conflict of interest by other potential users of the state-run Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS) on Wallops Island.  KMPG recommended that Orbital have membership on an advisory board instead.
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  • December 6, 2011
Virginia Looks to Boost Wallops Island Commercial Spaceport

Pad OA at Wallops Island. (Credit: Orbital Sciences Corporation)

GOV. McDONNEL PR – RICHMOND – Governor Bob McDonnell today released a study on the economic competitiveness of the Virginia Commercial Space Flight Authority (VCSFA).  The study, commissioned in response to the 2011 Virginia Appropriation Act, reviewed the governance, organization and competitive landscape for the VCSFA in order to identify the necessary steps to make the Mid Atlantic Spaceport (MARS), located on Wallops Island, the best commercial space launch facility in the country.  The study was conducted by KPMG Corporate Finance.


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  • November 22, 2011