On August 18, 2010, U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced the establishment of the Center of Excellence for Commercial Space Transportation (COE CST). He also announced the university team selected by FAA Administrator, Randy Babbitt.

The COE CST is a partnership of academia, industry, and government, developed for the purpose of creating a world-class consortium that will address current and future challenges for commercial space transportation. The new Center will focus on strategic research, education, and training to support commercial space initiatives over the next decade.

The COE CST member universities include the Florida Institute of Technology, Florida State University, the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, New Mexico State University, Stanford University, the University of Central Florida, the University of Colorado at Boulder, the University of Florida, and the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston.

The research and development efforts for the new Centers will include four major research areas: Space Traffic Management & Operations, Space Transportation Operations, Technologies & Payloads, Human Spaceflight, and Space Transportation Industry Viability.

For more information, please visit the COE CST web site: www.coe-cst.org.

Ken Davidian
COE CST Program Lead

Dr. Patricia Watts
FAA National Center of Excellence Program Director