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IISC State of the Industry, January 21, 2019

In this week's update:

- Events from the last week in the space industry
- A look ahead on the calendar of the space industry
- Don't launch without a license 
- Links of Note
This week in the space industry:
- Stratolaunch abandons launch vehicle program.   
- Ariane 6 production held up by missing government contracts.
- Relativity to build
launch site at Cape Canaveral. 
- Space X to shift starship work from California to Texas.
Coming up in the space industry:
- SG Thailand-January 26.
- Mobile Deployable Communications-January 31.

- 4th ESA Workshop on Advanced Flexible Telcom Payloads-Mar 4
- 57th Annual Robert H. Goodard Memorial Symposium-Mar 19.
Don't Launch without a License 
Fines were imposed on a small startup company launching four satellites without permission from the FCC and going to an overseas launch provider to get the satellites into space. The news sent shockwaves through the industry which is the midst of a push to streamline some of the process required for a company to launch a satellite into space.
Launches are very tightly regulated requiring a very long review and application process to the FAA to be granted a launch license.
 
Even here at the Space and Rocket Center our launches are controlled by our neighbor the Redstone Arsenal. The Arsenal will only allow us to launch rockets with cerrtin type engines such that the rocket does not interfere with the Arsenal’s flight test operations.
 
At a time when the National Space Council is reviewing launch regulations, it’s important for all of us in the industry to not get launch fever and follow the rules and regulations of not only the federal agency’s that over sea the launches, but the regulatory agencies overseeing the payload. We stand at the dawn of a great era of Commerical Space, its up to all of us to abide by those regulations and help one another achieve a more streamline commercial space environment.
Links of Note from the past week:
- Stratolaunch abandons launch vehicle program.
https://spacenews.com/stratolaunch-abandons-launch-vehicle-program/

- Relativity to build launch site at Cape Canaveral.
https://spacenews.com/relativity-to-build-launch-site-at-cape-canaveral/

- Space X to shift Starship work from California to Texas.
https://spacenews.com/spacex-to-shift-starship-production-from-california-to-texas/
-Astranis lands anchor customer for its first small GEO satellite.

https://spacenews.com/astranis-lands-anchor-customer-for-its-first-small-geo-satellite/
 
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