COMSTAC membership consists of senior executives from the commercial space transportation industry; representatives from the satellite industry, both manufacturers and users; state and local government officials; representatives from firms providing insurance, financial investment and legal services for commercial space activities; and representatives from academia, space advocacy organizations, and industry associations.

COMSTAC CHAIR
Michael N. Gold
Director of D.C. Operations and Business Growth
Bigelow Aerospace

COMSTAC VICE-CHAIR
Michael Lopez-Alegria
President
Commercial Spaceflight Federation

WORKING GROUP CHAIRS

International Space Policy Working Group

The International Space Policy Working Group (ISPWG) monitors and analyzes domestic and foreign trends, regulations, and policies that impact the global commercial space industry. The ISPWG seeks to identify specific actions that can be taken by the FAA to allow the U.S. commercial space industry to prosper globally in a spirit of international cooperation.

Chair: Dr. Mark Sundahl
Associate Dean for Administration
Cleveland State University
Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
m.sundahl@csuohio.edu

Business/Legal Working Group

The Business/Legal Working Group (BLWG) is responsible for issues concerning commercial space policy, regulations, market, and liability. In 2009, this working group provided recommendations to the FAA regarding the extension of commercial space launch indemnification in the Commercial Space Launch Act. During the first quarter of 2012, the working group responded to an FAA request for insight on the issues surrounding insuring NASA astronauts on commercial launches.

Chair: Mr. Christopher Kunstadter
Vice President
XL Insurance
chris.kunstadter@xlgroup.com

Operations Working Group

The Operations Working Group (OWG) identifies key launch operations, support, and processing issues affecting U.S. commercial space competitiveness; supports accessibility of new commercial space ventures to launch sites and services; and investigates options for commercialization/privatization of launch services, support, and facilities. The OWG was formerly the Space Transportation Working Group (STOWG).

Chair: Janet C. Karika
Executive Director
Interagency Launch Programs
Jacobs – NASA Launch Services Program

Systems Working Group

The Systems Working Group (SWG) identifies and analyzes key safety, technical, policy, and regulatory issues concerning the range of hardware and software involved with commercial space transportation. This will include both expendable launch vehicles and reusable launch vehicles.

Chair: Livingston Holder
Partner
Holder Aerospace
livingston@holderaerospace.com

MEMBERS