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1 Activities of the Sub-orbital Applications Researchers Group (SARG) of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation (CSF) Steven H. Collicott School of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Purdue University Alan Stern, SwRI Boulder John Gedmark, Commercial Spaceflight Federation AIAA 50 th ASM January 2012

2 Today What is SARG, what is CSF? What does SARG do? Why? Update on activities Conclude

3 SARG Intro: A Historical Perspective THE V-2 PANEL: “Milton Rosen…suggested that the group might apply its wartime experience with missiles and communications, including television, to a study of the upper atmosphere. Accordingly, at an organizing meeting at Princeton University 27 Feb 1946, a panel was formed of members to be actually engaged in or in some way directly concerned with high-altitude rocket research. The original members were: E. H. Krause (chairman), Naval Research Laboratory G. K. Megerian (secretary), GE W. G. Dow, University of Michigan M. J. E. Golay, U.S. Army Signal Corps C. F. Green, General Electric Co. K. H. Kingdon, General Electric Co. M. H. Nichols, Princeton University J. A. Van Allen, Johns Hopkins U. F. L. Whipple, Harvard University”

4 What is CSF? The Commercial Spaceflight Federation is an industry association to collectively advance commercial spaceflight in various forms. CSF is in Washington, DC. A small staff, four people now: A president plus Alex Saltman, Exec. Dir., Matt Isakowitz, Assoc. Dir., Srishi Bandla, Ass’t Dir. Member companies: Rocket companies, spaceports, rocket hardware suppliers, and now Educational Affiliates too. Advocacy nationally (FAA, etc.) and at state level too regarding licensing, liability, etc.

5 EXECUTIVE MEMBERS Armadillo Aerospace Bigelow Aerospace Blue Origin Excalibur Almaz Jacksonville - Cecil Field Spaceport Masten Space Systems Mojave Spaceport Sierra Nevada Corporation Southwest Research Institute Space Adventures Space Florida Spaceport America SpaceX United Launch Alliance Virgin Galactic XCOR Aerospace Armadillo Aerospace Bigelow Aerospace Blue Origin Excalibur Almaz Jacksonville - Cecil Field Spaceport Masten Space Systems Mojave Spaceport Sierra Nevada Corporation Southwest Research Institute Space Adventures Space Florida Spaceport America SpaceX United Launch Alliance Virgin Galactic XCOR Aerospace ASSOCIATE MEMBERS Aerojet Andrews Space, Inc. ARES Corporation Barrios Technology BWSC Cimarron David Clark Company DCI Services and Consulting Ecliptic Enterprises Corp. ETC - NASTAR Center Griffin Communications IHA Jacobs Technology J&P Technologies MDA Corporation MEI Technologies Moon Express Aerojet Andrews Space, Inc. ARES Corporation Barrios Technology BWSC Cimarron David Clark Company DCI Services and Consulting Ecliptic Enterprises Corp. ETC - NASTAR Center Griffin Communications IHA Jacobs Technology J&P Technologies MDA Corporation MEI Technologies Moon Express ORBITEC OSIDA Paragon SDC Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne Raytheon RS&H Scaled Composites SEAKR Engineering Special Aerospace Services SRA International Triumph Aerospace-NN United Space Alliance Wyle X PRIZE Foundation Aeroports de Catalunya CSF Members

6 What is SARG? SARG is Sub-orbital Applications Researchers Group SARG is about Sub-orbital. Not Dragon Lab, not ISS, etc. SARG is about Researchers. Not a certain topic, not a certain NASA division. SARG is a collection of volunteers who are dedicated to accelerating the research use of the emerging commercial sub-orbital rocket industry.

7 SARG Purpose The purposes of SARG are to: -Advance or accelerate the use of the new commercial sub-orbital industry for scientific research. -Advocate for legislative and policy choices that will enable, or remove roadblocks to, use of the new commercial sub-orbital industry for scientific research.

8 Who is SARG? Dr. Alan SternSwRI - BoulderPlanetary Science Dr. Emily CoBabe- Amman Emily A. CoBabe- Ammann and Associates Science Education and Planning Dr. Josh ColwellU. Central FloridaParticulate Physics Dr. Steven CollicottPurdue UniversityMicrogravity Fluids Dr. Dan DurdaSwRI - BoulderPlanetary Science Dr. John PojmanLouisiana State U.Polymer Chemistry Dr. Richard MilesPrinceton UniversityHypersonics Dr. Mark ShelhamerJohns HopkinsLife Sciences Dr. Mike SummersGeorge MasonAtmospheric Sciences Dr. Erika WagnerX-Prize/U. WashingtonLife Sciences Mr. Charles WalkervariousCommercial Astronaut

9 How does SARG work? 1.Advocacy (this talk is one example) 2.The annual Next-gen Sub-orbital Researchers Conference (NSRC). 3.Individuals dedicate their time to developing new programs, relationships, opportunities, demonstration experiments, etc., 4.Education and Public Outreach activities.

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11 SARG Advocacy Who: SARG talks to FAA Commercial Spaceflight Division, OMB, congressional committee staffers, congressional representatives, NASA leaders, etc. Topics: – Uncertainty in FAA licensing for research flights, – Renewing legislation regarding FAA regulation of early commercial sub-orbital flights – NASA CRuSR program Creating it Maintaining it Trying to save the second R

12 SARG Advocacy Spurring NSF, NIH, NOAA, DOE, etc., to recognize that some of their research interests can be addresses with these new low-cost vehicles. We are working to eliminate the reaction, “Rocket? Space? Zero-g? NASA funds that.” This talk I organized an ASM 2010 session that kicked off MSP- TC inclusion of next-gen suborbital topics. Was well- attended.

13 Volunteerism We are not compensated for our service. Altruistically seeking to advance US science (South Korea already has signed a $30M wet-lease with XCOR) and industry for science flights. Members are `nuts about space flight’ and interested in a chance to make a difference. Many of us desire to be flying experiments as soon as possible, and getting involved early with SARG is one way to do so.

14 Early Involvements Most SARG members have participated in `Sub-orbital scientist training’ at NASTAR Center. – Become familiar with the hardships and requirements of 3- minute human-tended experiment operations. – Become, thus, wiser for experiment planning and hardware design. Three selected by Blue Origin for `Pathfinder’ missions. Significant automated science payloads. A sub-group of SARG is meeting to define a smart choice for pre-flight training for human-tended flight research. Differs from tourism because of research sponsors. – Avoiding spurious requirements

15 Training Working Group A sub-group of SARG is meeting to define a smart choice for pre-flight training for human- tended flight research. Differs from tourism because of research sponsors. – Increase odds of earliest sub-orbital flights to drive further use of the industry for research. – Avoiding spurious requirements imposed by sponsors, agencies, insurance companies, etc. – Maintain the industry’s low cost for access to space

16 Education and Public Outreach Dr. Emily Co-Babe Amman has joined SARG this year to accelerate EPO efforts. NSRC-10 and -11 both had `Public Nights’ which drew well (NSRC-12 abstract submittals just grew too big for a public night) Numerous media interactions: NY Times, AvWeek, Physics Today, down to very small events like a talk to a Tippecanoe County Public Library book club.

17 NSRC An annual gathering of researchers, flight providers, associated industries, NASA, FAA, etc., interested in “Next-Gen Suborbital” research in Boulder, SwRI 2011 in Orlando, UCF Feb 27-29, 2012 in Palo Alto, NASA-Ames nsrc.swri.org 2013 planning has begun

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20 NSRC Research Attendees Microgravity Fluids Microgravity combustion Life Sciences Planetary Sciences Astronomers Atmospheric Sciences Planetary Atmospheres Crew Training Neuro-Vestibular Studies Particulate Physics Hypersonics Plus: FAA, NASA, AFOSR attendees too.

21 Rocket Companies Participating Virgin Galactic Blue Origin XCOR Armadillo Aerospace Masten Space Systems

22 NSRC Reminders Register early for XCOR raffle! (after reading the fine print from the lawyers) Record number of abstracts submitted Special sessions with rocket company updates, spaceport-research interfacing, lessons learned in sub-orbital experiment design for next-gen vehicles, policy, markets, etc. Sunday evening reception kicks it off.

23 1. Conclude: SARG has… -aided in creation of CRuSR program -aided in persistence of CRuSR program -aided in driving legislative and policy choices to permit the emergence of the commercial sub-orbital rocket market for science applications -Failed to protect the second `R’ in CRuSR

24 2. Conclude: SARG has… -Succeeded in creation of NSRC, an annual meeting of extreme variety in science topics to help drive the commercial sub-orbital rocket research market. -To, still, enlighten NSF, NIH, NOAA, DOE, DoD, and others that sub-orbital rocket flights can be used to address their research needs in a new, low- cost, repeatable manner. -XCOR charges $95k for 200lb person, this is $500 per pound.


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