Global Spaceport Alliance Hosts Successful 9th Annual GSA Spaceport Summit

2024 GSA Spaceport Summit group photo

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Global Spaceport Alliance Hosts Successful 9th Annual GSA Spaceport Summit
GSA Spaceport Summit kicked off a record-breaking Commercial Space week with Space Mobility Conference, and SpaceCom | 50th Space Congress.

[ALEXANDRIA, VA., February 9, 2024] The 9th Annual GSA Spaceport Summit, organized by the Global Spaceport Alliance (GSA), took place on January 29th at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. This year’s summit was the first time this event has been open to non-GSA members and saw a record-breaking attendance.

The event featured former NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine as the keynote speaker. His insightful address commended GSA, emphasizing the critical significance of a robust spaceport network and assuring access to space as a national security priority.

“Nearly 200 attendees joined the GSA Spaceport Summit, setting a new record with a growth rate that is double last year’s event. Representatives from 20 spaceports across the US, UK, Sweden, Italy, Japan, Brazil, Australia, Canada, Peru, and Portugal participated, along with additional representatives from Canada and France,” stated James Causey, GSA Executive Director.

According to the Space Report, there has been a 48% increase in proposed spaceports worldwide over the past four years. This increase is reflected in the membership growth of the Global Spaceport Alliance, the largest international network of spaceports. The GSA organization has seen a 220% growth rate in memberships as the nascent spaceport industry expands and the need for assistance and representation grows.

In his remarks, GSA Chair Dr. George Nield unveiled a spaceport-oriented legislative initiative called the “Commercial Spaceflight Operations Act of 2024.” The proposed legislation is a comprehensive bill that seeks to, among other things:

  • Establish an Assistant Secretary for Commercial Spaceflight under the Secretary of Transportation.
  • Establish a Commercial Space Transportation Administration reporting directly to the Secretary of Transportation.
  • Establish a clear National Spaceport Policy.
  • Provide up to $500 Million over 5 years for spaceport infrastructure expenditures.
  • Remove regulatory barriers to human spaceflight training.
  • Acknowledge the importance of high-speed point-to-point space travel and require a detailed report.
  • Create the Commercial Spaceflight Research Alliance, a government-funded independent research consortium.  

Pam Underwood, Director of the Office of Spaceport at the FAA, provided an update on the work of the National Spaceport Interagency Working Group, tackling issues such as aging infrastructure, congestion, and capacity. She laid out the foundational priorities of the working group, such as establishing a Spaceport Network Planning System (SNPS) and a Spaceport Capital Improvement Plan (SCIP) as counterparts to similar FAA programs for airports.

The next GSA Spaceport Summit is scheduled for January 27, 2025, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. Throughout the year, GSA will host webinars and Advisory Group meetings.

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ABOUT GLOBAL SPACEPORT ALLIANCE

Established in 2015, the Global Spaceport Alliance has become the largest network of spaceports in the world. Members include spaceport operators, suppliers, and government and academic entities involved in the commercial space sector. GSA offers members timely access to information, the ability to engage with key decision makers, and the opportunity to participate in working groups targeting specific areas of interest to the spaceport ecosystem.

Human Research Program for Civilians

Human research program for civilians

International Association for the Advancement of Space Safety (IAASS) with

PRESENT

Workshop on the Human Research Program for Civilians in Spaceflight and Space Habitation

January 23 – 24, 2024, Tulsa, OK

Dr. Bettina L Beard, Chair; Dr. Michael Marge, Vice Chair; Dr. Jamey Jacob, Host

On behalf of the Planning Committee for the Human Research Program for Civilians in Spaceflight and Space Habitation (HRP-C) and our sponsor — the IAASS — and co-sponsors, we invite you to attend a two-day, hybrid Workshop to be held at Oklahoma State University (OSU) in Tulsa, Okla. on Tuesday, January 23 and Wednesday, January 24, 2024.

The HRP-C Planning Committee has been developing a comprehensive research program to investigate potential effects of commercial space endeavors on the health and performance of civilians, some of whom may have pre-existing medical conditions or disabilities. The goal is to make it possible for everyone who wishes to enter space to realize that dream.

Prior to the workshop, we will distribute the draft final report of the HRP-C as well as a feedback form to collect your review comments. At the Workshop, we will have ~30 human spaceflight, medical, and behavioral experts briefly present on different aspects of the program and provide the opportunity for comments, suggestions, and recommendations from the participants. We are also providing a number of opportunities for the in-person participants to informally meet key leaders and decision-makers from space R & D to create collaborations and contacts.  Please see the draft Workshop Agenda (still under construction) by tapping this link:  https://tinyurl.com/yl6j6g5o

OSU will host the Workshop for a maximum of 150 in-person participants. Because the in-person attendance is limited, selection of the in-person participants will be based on a first-come/first-served basis.  The University is also planning to provide access to the Workshop on a virtual basis for those who cannot attend in-person or whose application is submitted after we have reached the 150 participant limit.  The HRP-C Workshop is open to all stakeholders in space R & D and Programming without a registration fee.

If you wish to participate (in-person or virtual) in the January HRP-C Workshop, please complete the Registration Form at your earliest convenience.

It is our sincere hope that you will join us for this important event and provide your input on the HRP-C.

The Hague Institute and Global Spaceport Alliance announce partnership

Hague Institute

ANNOUNCEMENT OF PARTNERSHIP TO ADDRESS COMMERCIAL SPACE POLICY MATTERS

The Hague Institute for Global Justice (THIGJ) and the Global Spaceport Alliance (GSA) are pleased to announce the formation of a partnership to enable the near-term testing and operations of vehicles capable of performing point-to-point transportation through space. Although industry is making rapid progress in developing the technologies needed for such missions, there is currently a significant legal and policy vacuum in this area which could negatively impact their application.

United in purpose, THIGJ and the GSA plan to harness their collective expertise to forge an intellectual bedrock for a strategically innovative, yet judicious, bottom-up methodology. This collaboration is intended to serve as a beacon, illuminating the path forward for operators, while safeguarding the critical interests of civil society and governments.

As a first step, THIGJ and the GSA will concentrate their efforts on developing a roadmap that will address the pressing need for a comprehensive legal and policy framework. The roadmap will identify the actions required in order to allow society to benefit from the ability to transport cargo, and eventually people, on high-speed, intercontinental flights via outer space.

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Learn more about The Hague Institute for Global Justice and the Washington Compact HERE.  

ABOUT GLOBAL SPACEPORT ALLIANCE

Established in 2015, the Global Spaceport Alliance has become the largest network of spaceports in the world. Members include spaceport operators, suppliers, and government and academic entities involved in the commercial space sector. GSA offers members timely access to information, the ability to engage with key decision makers, and the opportunity to participate in working groups targeting specific areas of interest to the spaceport ecosystem.

Webinar Series-Spaceport of the Future

Webinar Series- Spaceport of the Future

The pace of space launches has put an enormous strain on the capacity of spaceports worldwide. In 2022, 78 U.S. rockets sent payloads to orbit, up from 45 in 2021. The growth in demand is exponential. 

In this webinar, Global Spaceport Alliance Webinar Series focuses on the The Spaceport of the Future. U.S. Space Force launched its Spaceport of the Future (formerly known as Range of the Future) initiative with the objective of developing a network of spaceports that can support a variety of missions and customers, both military and commercial. 

The initiative aims to enhance the resilience, responsiveness, and affordability of space access and operations, as well as foster innovation and collaboration among the space community. The Spaceport of the Future initiative envisions a future where spaceports are integrated into the national and global infrastructure, enabling seamless and secure access to the space domain. 

The Spaceport of the Future initiative envisions a future where spaceports are integrated into the national and global infrastructure, enabling seamless and secure access to the space domain. The outcome of this USSF initiative will have a real impact on GSA Members around the world. In this webinar, Colonel Shannon DaSilva will update GSA Members on the USSF’s Spaceport of the Future initiative.

 

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

Colonel Shannon DaSilva is the Deputy Director of Operations, Space Systems Command (S3) and the AA3/5/8 for the Assured Access to Space (AATS) mission at Patrick SFB, Florida. She leads the team responsible to the Field Command Commander for enterprise integration, space access, and future operations.

Prior to her current job, Col DaSilva worked on the Headquarters Space Force Staff as the Director for Joint Matters, and for the first Assistant Secretary of Defense for Space Policy as the Deputy Director of Space Strategy and Plans. In both staff roles, she advised the nation’s most senior civilian and military space leaders during the standup of the Nation’s newest armed service focused on the space domain.

The outcome of this USSF initiative will have a real impact on GSA Members around the world. In this webinar, Colonel Shannon DaSilva will update GSA Members on the USSF’s Spaceport of the Future initiative. 

DaSilva

EQUATORIAL LAUNCH AUSTRALIA signs multi-launch contract with INNOSPACE to conduct orbital launches from the ARNHEM SPACE CENTRE 

Equatorial Launch Australia

17 August 2023, Adelaide, Australia and Sejong, Korea

Equatorial Launch Australia (ELA) the developer, owner and operator of the Arnhem Space Centre (ASC) on the Gove Peninsula in Australia’s Northern Territory, has today signed a multi-year, multi-launch contract with Korean aerospace company, INNOSPACE, for a series of orbital launches from the Australian spaceport.

The agreement will see the launch of several INNOSPACE rocket variants each carrying between 50kg and 500kg payloads into low earth orbit from the ASC across a five-year timeframe until Dec 2028.

ELA is widely regarded as the most advanced multi-user commercial spaceport in the world, and the signing of this contract has validated the business concept and development plans by securing INNOSPACE – the only hybrid-fuelled rocket company worldwide to have successfully launched into space – as the first commercial company to become a ‘resident launcher’ (long term tenant and regular launcher) at the Australian spaceport. The first launches by INNOSPACE from the ASC are expected to commence in early 2025. ELA previously had a three-launch contract with NASA.

ELA has been working with the Australian Space Agency (ASA) to expand its existing Launch Facilities License (LFL) to support orbital launches from the ASC with a range of orbital rockets, differing azimuths and trajectories and a much wider array of propellant mixes and rocket configurations as part of its Phase 2 Development Plan. This work with the ASA will now expand to assist INNOSPACE to obtain its first Australian Launch Permit (ALP). This ALP approval process is expected to take between 6 and 14 months commencing later his year.

As one of up to seven planned ‘resident launchers’ INNOSPACE will be allocated a Space Launch Complex (SLC), comprising two modern ASC launch pads customised to INNOSPACE’s rocket requirements and an extensive Horizontal Integration Facility (HIF) which allows for rocket assembly, payload integration (in an ISO 8 clean room) and has overhead cranes, offices, workshops and system test facilities in a temperature and humidity controlled environment. Each SLC is fully enclosed and encompasses a range of ITAR compliance measures including video and movement sensor security, extensive fencing, and access control.

Michael Jones, Executive Chairman and Group CEO of ELA said the contract with INNOSPACE was a major milestone for ELA. “We are delighted to announce this multi-launch and long-term agreement with INNOSPACE and what we hope is the first of several launch agreements which we have been developing for some time. INNOSPACE is a truly innovative company with outstanding technology and is one of the leaders in the emerging market of smaller launch providers. INNOSPACE is one of the first of the next batch of “new space” rocket companies to launch and with increasing congestion at major spaceports globally, INNOSPACE has recognised the unique launch/geographic, infrastructure and commercial benefits of launching from the ASC.”

“The launch contract and associated space launch complex agreement which we have been discussing for over a year provide INNOSPACE with the flexibility they require around launching a range of launch vehicles at an increasing cadence over the next five years,” he said.

“This contract demonstrates the potential for the ASC to deliver on our goal of being the pre-eminent commercial launch site globally. With the combination of our launch pad design/technology, launch inclination options, geopolitically stable base, infrastructure, logistics and engineering support solutions we have developed, we know we offer a highly competitive and attractive spaceport solution,” said Mr Jones.

“Last year’s three successful launches with NASA allowed us to showcase the skill and capabilities of both the ELA team and the Arnhem Space Centre to the world. We’re excited to embark on that journey again – this time with INNOSPACE. It is a very important part of our ethos and culture to be known for what we achieve and not what we predict, and this contract again shows this aspect of ELA.”

Soojong Kim, CEO of INNOSPACE said, “we are thrilled to have secured an optimal launch spaceport, the ASC, which has the benefits of launching from an equatorial spaceport and brings launch efficiencies through this multi-launch agreement with ELA. Our goal is to offer customers greater flexibility for their launch schedule and orbit access with frequent dedicated launch opportunities. We expect to enable our satellite customers to achieve significant innovation with our orbital launch services by launching from the ASC.”

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Equatorial Launch Australia
Amanda Hudswell,
Head of Marketing & Communications
amanda.hudswell@ela.space
Ph: +61 (0) 403166947
www.ela.space

INNOSPACE
Jeonghee Kim
Communications Manager
jhkim2@innospc.com
Ph: +82.44.715.7948
www.innospc.com

Global Spaceport Alliance Welcomes KBR

Global Spaceport Alliance welcomes KBR

KBR Joins the Global Spaceport Alliance!

We are thrilled to announce that KBR has joined the Global Spaceport Alliance (GSA), allowing it to more broadly share its extensive aerospace experience and capabilities with the international spaceport community.

Dr. George C. Nield, GSA’s Chairman, pointed out that, “KBR has a tremendous track record of working with both government and industry to achieve mission success, and I know that we will all be able to benefit significantly from their insights and their innovative approaches.”

KBR’s Government Solutions U.S. advances the priorities of the U.S. government and related commercial entities. As the team behind the mission, KBR provides a range of high-end services and expertise in scientific research, systems engineering, data analytics, and mission operations around the globe. 

Its in-depth portfolio spans defense modernization; military, civil and commercial space; intelligence; cyber; advanced logistics; and base operations. Whether testing the latest military aircraft or training astronauts, they equip those on the frontline and those exploring a new frontier. 

“We are delighted to join GSA and collaborate on the continued advancement of commercial space endeavors,” said Todd May, KBR Senior Vice President, Science and Space. “GSA’s visionary efforts to develop a global network of spaceports to help facilitate increased access to space and grow the space economy aligns perfectly with KBR’s goals to further human exploration to the moon and beyond. We are excited to see how the future unfolds and proud to be a part of it together.”

Known for excelling in complex and extreme environments, KBR is trusted to help their customers meet their most pressing challenges today and into the future. Their wide-ranging experience will be a valuable asset to the spaceport community.

ABOUT GLOBAL SPACEPORT ALLIANCE

Established in 2015, the Global Spaceport Alliance has become the largest network of spaceports in the world. Members include spaceport operators, suppliers, and government and academic entities involved in the commercial space sector. GSA offers members timely access to
information, the ability to engage with key decision makers, and the opportunity to participate in working groups targeting specific areas of interest to the spaceport ecosystem.

Exploration: Sea versus Space

Exploration: Sea versus space

Message from the Chairman

As I reflect on the tragic loss of life that took place as a result of the implosion of the submersible attempting to visit the wreckage of the Titanic, I see both similarities and differences between traveling to the bottom of the ocean and riding a rocket to the edge of space.

 

Similarities include:

·      Both experiences take place in harsh and unforgiving environments

·      Both experiences involve a significant level of risk

·      Only a relatively small number of people have ever had either experience

·      The cost to buy a ticket for either experience is rather high

 

Perhaps the most significant difference between the two excursions is that for submersibles, there is a comprehensive set of industry standards, and common practice is for vehicles to be certified or “classed” by marine organizations such as the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS), DNV (Det Norske Veritas, a global accreditation organization based in Norway), or Lloyd’s Register.  However, certification isn’t mandatory.

 

For commercial human spaceflight, we really don’t have an equivalent framework. Launches are conducted under an “informed consent regime,” where companies must thoroughly brief their customers on all of the anticipated risks, and then have them sign a document stating that they understand and accept those risks. Meanwhile, the FAA is currently under a moratorium, or “learning period,” that is scheduled to expire in October (unless extended by Congress), that prohibits issuing regulations that are intended to protect the safety of crew or spaceflight participants. There has been some initial work to develop voluntary industry consensus standards, such as the effort being led by ASTM, but most of the standards that have been published to date have to do with topics like terminology or propellant stowage rather than being focused on human spaceflight safety. 

 

As a result, this may be an appropriate time for those of us in the aerospace community to ask ourselves whether we are fully prepared for what might happen after the next human spaceflight accident. We know that we will have spaceflight accidents in the future — just like we do for every mode of transportation, including cars, trains, planes, and boats. My fear is that after a high-profile human spaceflight accident, we may see a significant outcry from the public, the media, Congress, or the Administration, with people asking, “How could the government have allowed this to happen?” That would be followed by the FAA being directed to immediately put out regulations that would prevent such an occurrence from ever taking place again.

 

Unfortunately, my experience has been that Rushed Regulations are Bad Regulations. A much better approach would involve government, industry, and academia working together to come up with an updated Commercial Human Spaceflight Regulatory Framework, that would take advantage of what we have learned over the last 62 years of human spaceflight, and that would encourage the continuous improvement of human spaceflight safety, while still allowing advanced technologies, innovation, and new ways of doing business.

 

Such a framework may not even require the addition of any new regulations. It will be important to retain the existing “informed consent” regime, but the new framework could potentially include, by reference, a comprehensive set of FAA-approved, voluntary industry consensus standards. Companies could then either demonstrate their compliance with those standards, or provide the appropriate data and rationale showing how an alternative approach would have an equivalent level of safety.

 

I suspect that the reason the development of industry standards has taken so long is that under the moratorium, industry has no incentive to devote the necessary time and energy to the effort, or to assign their best people to work on it. Plus, they are too busy launching rockets! If the moratorium is allowed to expire, industry may decide that it would be better for the private sector to have a system with light-touch government oversight and common-sense industry standards, than one in which the government attempts to come up with prescriptive design requirements on its own. That could turn out to be just the incentive needed to enable commercial human spaceflight to thrive while continuously improving its safety.

 

All the Best!

 

Dr. George C. Nield

GSA Chairman

Global Spaceport Alliance welcomes Linde, Inc.

GSA welcomes Linde

Linde joins Global Spaceport Alliance

Linde has more than 100 years of experience and the resources to supply, operate and manage all the utility, cryogenic propellants, rare gases, additive manufacturing materials and systems you need for all the elements that lead to a successful launch.

One of the vacuum chambers being installed at RAL Space’s R100 facility. (STFC RAL Space)
One of the vacuum chambers being installed at RAL Space’s R100 facility. (STFC RAL Space)

Linde is a leading global industrial gases and engineering company and offers:
• Product supply consistency and service reliability on a global scale
• Site gas management and supply system support
• Investment-reducing facility leases
• Safety and environmental compliance
• Years of commercial space experience

The results for you are lower cost and less risk because of:
• Optimum cryogenic system design that improves system performance
• Additive manufacturing powders, gases and surface coating services
• Consistent propellant, component gas and liquid launch gas quality
• Reliable delivery, filling and storage expertise
• Plant-to-launch supply focus
• Risk reduction and minimized capital investment

Simply put, Linde offers world-class supply systems and products to meet your local needs.

Linde

www.Lindeus.com