The Commercial Spaceflight Federation continues to grow its membership, announcing today the addition of new associate members — DigitalGlobe and NanoRacks.

DigitalGlobe is a leading global provider of high-resolution Earth-imagery products and services sourced from its own advanced satellite constellation and third-party providers. NanoRacks forged the commercial pathway to the International Space Station by being the first company to market its own hardware and services onboard the station. NanoRacks has grown to become an operating system for space utilization by providing the tools, the hardware, and the services to allow other companies, organizations, and governments to realize their own space plans on suborbital vehicles, inside the ISS, and beyond.

“The commercial spaceflight industry continues to thrive, as evidenced by CSF’s expanding membership. We are pleased to welcome DigitalGlobe and NanoRacks to CSF, two innovative companies that continue to break new ground in the economic development of low-Earth orbit (LEO),” said Eric Stallmer, President of CSF.

In addition, two associate members will serve on the CSF Board of Directors for the upcoming year. Karin Nilsdotter will represent Spaceport Sweden, CSF’s first international board member, “which reflects the continued growth of the commercial space sector globally,” according to Stallmer. Spaceport Sweden, Europe’s gateway to space, initiated in 2007 with the mission to offer space adventures, supply launch infrastructure, R&D facilities and high-tech expertise to emerging commercial space operators.

Michael Paul, Penn State Lunar Lion Team – currently an associate member — will also serve on the CSF Board for the year. Penn State is developing the next generation workforce for the space industry through their development of Lunar Lion Moon landing system.

Since its inception in 2006, CSF’s membership has increased to more than 70 space sector innovators that are driving U.S. leadership in aerospace and space exploration. “We are inspired by our members’ commitment to democratizing space and grateful for their continued leadership and participation,” Stallmer said.

About the Commercial Spaceflight Federation

The mission of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation (CSF) is to promote the development of commercial human spaceflight, pursue ever-higher levels of safety, and share best practices and expertise throughout the industry. The Commercial Spaceflight Federation’s member companies, which include commercial spaceflight developers, operators, spaceports, suppliers, and service providers, are creating thousands of high-tech jobs nationwide, working to preserve American leadership in aerospace through technology innovation, and inspiring young people to pursue careers in science and engineering.

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