Space Transportation Association is dedicated to supporting policies that advance robust, affordable space transportation for NASA, DOD, and commercial markets


The Association’s corporate members are launch manufacturers and launch service providers

STA hosts a number of events each year supporting its objectives

The Association is a 501 c 6 non-profit organization


Program Focus

  • NASA, DOD and Commercial launch programs
  • Space Exploration, including Earth to LEO, deep space and lunar and landing propulsion systems
  • Details about our program may be found in the accompanying “Summary of Events”

STA Leadership Award

  • Robert M. Lightfoot, Acting Administrator, NASA
  • George C. Nield,  Associate Administrator for Commercial Space Transportation, FAA
  • Doug Cooke, NASA Association Administrator, Exploration Mission Directorate
  • Gary Payton, Deputy Under Secretary of the Air Force for Space Programs
  • Dan Dumbacher, NASA Deputy AA, Human Exploration Mission Directorate
  • John Grunsfeld, NASA AA, Science Mission Directorate, Astronaut
  • Ty McCoy, Chairman, Space Transportation Association
  • Congressman Ralph Hall (R-Tx), Chairman, House Science Committee


STA Leadership Award Luncheon Honoring Gemini and Apollo Astronaut Lt. Gen. Tom Stafford (USAF, ret.) on May 21, 2019. Featured from left to right: Richard Coleman, President, STA; Alexandra Hale, Vice President, STA; Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (TX-30); Lt. Gen. Tom Stafford; Congresswoman Kendra Horn (OK-5); Congressman Frank Lucas (OK-03); and former Congressman John Culberson (TX-07).

STA Leadership Award Reception, April 11, 2018, with Chairman Brian Babin (TX-36), Chairman Lamar Smith (TX-21), STA President Richard Coleman, NASA Acting Administrator Robert Lightfoot, Congressman Robert Aderholt (AL-04), Congressman Jim Bridenstine (OK-01), and Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05).


STA Visit to NASA Wallops Flight Facility on July 22, 2019. Featured in this photograph: Dave Pierce, Director, NASA Wallops; Dale Nash, CEO and Executive Director, Virginia Space; Richard Coleman, President, STA; Alexandra Hale, Vice President, STA; and members and friends of STA.