WASHINGTON — The longtime president of the Industrial Spaceflight Federation (CSF) is stepping down subsequent month to turn into an govt with one of many group’s member firms.
The CSF introduced Sept. 17 that Eric Stallmer will depart the group in late October to turn into govt vice chairman for presidency relations and public coverage at Voyager Area Holdings, a holding firm that’s buying numerous area startups. Stallmer has been president of CSF since 2014.
In an interview, Stallmer stated he might be establishing a Washington workplace for the Colorado-based firm and its rising portfolio of firms. “They’ve bought an ideal imaginative and prescient, and I feel it’s simply too nice of a chance to show down,” he stated.
Voyager acquired its first area firm, area expertise startup Altius Area Machines, in October 2019. In July, it acquired Pioneer Astronautics, one other area expertise firm based greater than 20 years in the past by Mars exploration advocate Robert Zubrin. Voyager is planning extra acquisitions, Stallmer stated.
He stated his work with Voyager will transcend handing coverage points for the agency to incorporate serving to determine potential acquisitions. Voyager provides startups each a long-term supply of capital in addition to supporting providers, reminiscent of human assets and authorities relations, to permit the person firms to concentrate on core applied sciences. “It’s an ideal idea and an thrilling alternative,” he stated.
Stallmer leaves CSF on a excessive be aware. The group, serving a extra entrepreneurial a part of the area business, has seen its membership greater than double throughout his tenure. Greater than 85 firms and organizations at the moment are part of CSF, together with Voyager.
CSF has represented these firms in a variety of regulatory and coverage points, together with reforms of launch and distant sensing laws in addition to rising curiosity in area visitors administration. “We’ve by no means been busier. There continues to be so many points,” he stated.
“Eric’s six-year tenure as CSF’s president witnessed historic progress in laws, funding and coverage, supporting large development and accomplishments within the industrial area business,” stated Taber MacCallum, chairman of the board of CSF and co-chief govt of area tourism firm Area Perspective, in a press release.
CSF has began a search course of to discover a new president. “Our subsequent president might be key in supporting the continuing improvement of the industrial area ecosystem, together with industrial human spaceflight, our business’s subsequent massive untapped market,” MacCallum stated.