new space
New Space is the official journal of the Center of Excellence for Commercial Space Transportation

Welcome To FAA COE CST

Congress authorized Air Transportation Centers of Excellence under the Federal Aviation Administration Research, Engineering and Development Authorization Act of 1990. This legislation enables the FAA to work with universities and their industry partners to conduct research in environment and aviation safety, and other activities to assure a safe and efficient air transportation system.  With the establishment of the COE CST in offices of FAA AST, research will extend to cutting-edge technologies and infrastructure for private human spaceflight and orbital debris mitigation.      Research will cover five areas including: 

Research areas are: 


Member Universities, Partners, Collaborators


Currently Funded Research Projects





Center of Excellence for Commercial Space Transportation Year 3 Annual Report
. . .download it here

FAA 2013 GSO NGSO Forecast Report
...The Federal Aviation Administration’s Office of Commercial Space Transportation
(FAA AST) and the Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee (COMSTAC) have prepared forecasts of global demand for more here

FAA COE CST Research Roadmap Report - on February 13, 2012

Overview of the Federal Aviation Administration Center of Excellence for Commercial Space Transportation, October 2011 - on February 1, 2012

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News & Events

An executive recruiter that is representing a start up commercial space program that will take ticked passengers to near space. He is interested in speaking with anyone that may be interested in an opportunity to be a part of a well funded and cutting edge program.
Available positions are:
Senior Systems Engineer:
Reliability Engineer:
Interested parties can contact me direct via email or at the office (724) 547-7015
Thank you Joe Rothenberg…The FAA COE CST Industry Advisory Board (CESTAC) Chair Joe Rothenberg recently accepted a full time position with Google and has stepped down as CESTAC Chair.  We sincerely thank him for his service and leadership during the formative years of the FAA COE CST in setting up and organizing our independent consultative group which provides a forum for the broader commercial space industry to engage with the COE CST. 
CONGRATULATIONS TO TWO NMT COE CST PROFESSORS! Two COE CST Principal Investigators, Drs. Warren Ostergren and Andre Zagrai, recently received promotions. Dr. Ostergren has vacated his position as Chair of the Mechanical Engineering Department to become the VP of Academic Affairs and Dr. Zagria will back-fill for Dr. Ostergren as the ME Dept Chair! Congratulations to you both!
read the article here  . . .
UTMB WINS BIG AT AsMA CONFERENCE! Go TEAM UTMB! see the entire post on FB . . .
Graduate Research Award Program on Public-Sector Aviation Issues Announcement: 2014/2015 - Transportation Research Board's Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) is accepting applications for its Graduate Research Award Program on Public-Sector Aviation Issues for the 2014/2015 academic year. The program, see more here  . . .
The "Body of Knowledge for Commercial Spaceport Operations" is now live on the web see it here  . . .
AAM4 - 4th Annual Administrative Meeting - April 21-22, 2014

DOT FAA COE Student of the Year Nominations - Due Nov. 4th! . . .Brad Cheatham won this award last year. Can the CST win two years in a row? Let's go for it!
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Our own Scott Hubbard elected to the KY Hall of Fame
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COE CST Affiliate Membership Agreement Information
       Released January 18th

COE CST Affiliate Membership Application Form

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