California Space Authority


California Space
Infrastructure Program (CSIP)


In 1999, Congress appropriated $8.5 million for a 2-year study of existing space infrastructure at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Edwards Air Force Base, and other DoD and NASA sites within the State of California. CSTA managed the study (for more information, view the following movie by clicking on the Play button in the QuickTime controller at the bottom left of the movie window. If QuickTime is installed on your computer, the QuickTime logo should be replaced shortly by the movie screen window while the movie is being automatically downloaded). If you don't see the QuickTime logo below you may need to install the Quicktime player on your computer. The player is free, and you can download it here.


This study resulted in a Strategic Simulation (see Senior Strat Sym Outbrief), and development of a Space Integration Master Plan (SIMP).

As part of ongoing efforts in support of California's space enterprise, the CSIP was developed as a means to address gaps in the state's space infrastructure. Based on the end states identified in CSA's SIMP, CSIP is intended to support evolving space requirements by enhancing California's space enterprise competitiveness in the global space market. For purposes of the CSIP, space infrastructure is broadly defined to include: space systems development; launch and logistical operations elements; manufacturing and services elements; workforce training and educational efforts; science and technology research; community enhancement programs; and application of extant space-based capabilities to existing homeland security challenges.

CSIP project concepts may be submitted by anyone so long as the proposal includes basic information and is directed at the "end state" objectives and elements identified in the SIMP. Project nomination forms are provided on this website in the September/October time frame each year. Proposed projects are reviewed by an external oversight committee, projects are then submitted to the federal government for further consideration and possible funding. Projects in excess of $5 million are not generally funded and not all projects submitted to the CSIP process are funded. Projects often are not funded at the amounts requested. Typically, the CSIP process takes almost two years from the date of submission to the initial flow of funding.

    2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005
CSIP Funding
By Year
  $8.5 M $31.5 M $14.8 M $12.5 M $9.2 M $6.0 M

Historically, the CSIP has been successful at identifying gaps in California's space enterprise infrastructure and in submitting proposals that are subsequently funded by the Congress. Since its inception, the CSIP program has brought more than $75 million of federal funds into the California economy. The projects funded by this program continue to greatly enhance California's competitiveness in the global space market.

Selected project areas that have been funded by California Space Infrastructure Program (CSIP)

Rocket Engine Test Stand Renovation and Refurbishment

In order to respond to the requirement to replace the Space Shuttle Program with a cheaper and more efficient next-generation launch vehicle, new technologies in propulsion are necessary. Due to urban encroachment upon existing engine testing facilities in California, engine testing capabilities in California have been limited. Due to the recent modernization of existing facilities at Edwards Air Force Base in the CSIP program, California now offers the capabilities necessary to test the nation's new rocket engines.

Quakefinder Detection

Extremely Low Frequency (ELF) technology has successfully been used to detect earthquakes with ground-based sensors. Through the CSIP program, ELF technology is being applied to sensors onboard satellites. Together, the ground-based and space-based sensors will increase the detection of ELF frequencies that may result in increased accuracy of earthquake predictions.

Thrust Rocket Test Cell Conversion

Conversion of a jet engine testing facility for the testing of medium thrust rocket motors and air breathing propulsion devices. Encroachment issues have reduced the locations that such testing can occur. This facility will restore California's ability to market itself as a location for propulsion research, development and manufacturing.

Range Enhancement

As commercial space-based services grow, traffic to space is becoming more competitive. To control these vehicles and the operation of their deployed satellites, a refined system is needed. This enhance-ment project is designed to retain ground control dominance in California and, generally, it will improve satellite competitiveness through clarified policies, processes and reduced costs.

Automated Regional Justice Information System (ARJIS) Enhancement via Satellite

In California's attempt to address potential threats of terrorism, we can augment the human officer with technology that force-multiplies his resources. ARJIS is a database sharing system that relies on hand-held devices. By equipping the system with satellite capabilities it will boost the information that can be shared, speed up its transmission and compensate for cellular drawbacks.

Space Launch Metric Tracking Enhancement

The use of Global Positioning Systems (GPS) is a vital tool in earth tracking and weapons control. In the hunt for lower, cheaper access to space, an ironic use of GPS technology can be applied to minimize expenses associated with range safety data for space launch.

Spaceport Arrival and Departure System (SPADS)

The ability to simultaneously and efficiently track multiple aerospace and space vehicles in an environment where reusable launch vehicles are potentially operating in the same area requires new multi-frequency/multi-object tracking. The development and deployment of such a system is required significantly ahead of impending congestion conditions to obtain system maturity and reliability. Such a system is undergoing initial prototyping in a SPIRAL development program at the Air Force Flight Test Center.