About Us

The Federal Aviation Administration's Office of Commercial Space Transportation (AST) has been collaborating with the Commercial Spaceflight Federation (CSF) for a number of years to foster conversation among and about all included in the commercial space industry. From launch, to in-space habitats, to satellites of all types, to conversations on active regulation and legislation being developed for the industry, CST covers it all.

More information on the Commercial Spaceflight Federation:

The Commercial Spaceflight Federation is the leading voice for the commercial spaceflight industry. Founded in 2006, CSF and its 90+ members are laying the foundation for a sustainable space economy and democratizing access to space for scientists, students, civilians, and businesses. CSF members are responsible for the creation of thousands of high-tech jobs driven by billions of dollars in investment. Through the promotion of technology innovation, CSF is guiding the expansion of Earth’s economic sphere, bolstering U.S. leadership in aerospace, and inspiring America’s next generation of engineers and explorers.

More Information on the Office of Commercial Space Transportation:

The Office of Commercial Space Transportation (AST) was established in 1984 (Commercial Space Launch Act of 1984, as amended and re-codified at 51 U.S.C. 50901 – 50923) as part of the Office of the Secretary of Transportation within the Department of Transportation (DOT). In November 1995, Commercial Space Transportation was transferred to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as the FAA's only space-related line of business. Commercial Space Transportation was established to:

  • Regulate the U.S. commercial space transportation industry, to ensure compliance with international obligations of the United States, and to protect the public health and safety, safety of property, and national security and foreign policy interests of the United States;

  • Encourage, facilitate, and promote commercial space launches and reentries by the private sector;

  • Recommend appropriate changes in Federal statutes, treaties, regulations, policies, plans, and procedures; and

  • Facilitate the strengthening and expansion of the United States space transportation infrastructure.