IISC State of the Industry, November 26, 2018

In this week's update:

- Events from the last week in the space industry
- A look ahead on the calendar of the space industry
- A Review Of National Space Policy
- Links of Note
This week in the space industry:
- First Space X Crew Dragon Test Flight Set For January
- Three Months from Application to License? New report says its possible
- NASA to review safety cultures at commerical  crew companies
- NASA studying three-stage approach to human-class landers.
Coming up in the space industry:
- Space-Con 2018-Nov 27
- Space Resiliency-Summit-Dec 4

- SIA 14th Annual DOD Commercial SATCOM Workshop-Dec 11
-Space Access Conference-Apr 18
- Humans to Mars Summit-May 14

A Review Of National Space Policy

Statement by NASA, the  State Department and Commerce department on National Space Policy.

NASA and the Departments of State and Commerce have submitted a report to the National Space Council outlining future opportunities and challenges for human spaceflight in low-Earth orbit (LEO), and its potential economic contributions to the broader field of exploration.  

The National Space Council requested NASA lead an interagency effort to produce the report, entitled ‘A Strategy for Human Spaceflight in Low Earth Orbit and Economic Growth in Space,’ during its February meeting.

Developing the sustainable foundations for returning Americans to the Moon and enabling a new era of commercial spaceflight in low Earth orbit (LEO) are the linchpins of our national human spaceflight policy.

As we work to return Americans to the Moon, we plan to do so in partnership with other nations. We will, therefore, coordinate our lunar exploration strategy with our ISS partners while maintaining and expanding our partnerships in LEO. As we work to create a new set of commercial human spaceflight capabilities, we will enable U.S. commercial enterprises to develop and operate under principles of long-term sustainability for space activity and recognize that their success cannot depend on Federal funding and programs alone.

The National Space Council recognized the need for such a national strategy for human spaceflight in LEO and economic growth in space, and in February of 2018, called on NASA, the Department of State, and the Department of Commerce to work together to develop one. This strategy follows the direction established by the Administration through Space Policy Directives 1, 2, and 3, which created an innovative new framework for American leadership by reinvigorating America’s human exploration of the Moon and Mars; streamlining regulations on the commercial use of space; and establishing the first national policy for space traffic management.

Our strategy for the future of human spaceflight in LEO and for economic growth in space will operate within the context of these directives. Through interagency dialogue, and in coordination with the Executive Office of the President, we have further defined our overarching goals for human spaceflight in LEO as follows:

1. To achieve a continuous U.S. presence in LEO – both with government astronauts and with private citizens – in order to support the utilization of space by U.S. citizens, companies, academia, and international partners and to maintain a permanent American foothold on the nearest part of the space frontier.

2. To create a regulatory environment in LEO that enables American commercial activities to thrive.

3. To conduct human spaceflight research in LEO that will advance the technology and systems required for long-duration spaceflight systems, including for interplanetary travel and permanent space habitation.

4. To expand and extend commercial opportunity through international partnerships and engagement.

We are happy to have submitted today our strategy for achieving these goals to the National Space Council. Their achievement will be vital to our continued economic growth as a Nation, to our standing in the eyes of the world, and to realizing a vibrant and ever-expanding future for humanity in space.

Links of Note from the past week:
- NASA to review safety cultures at commercial crew companies
- Space X Crew Dragon test flight set for January
-Advisory committee seeks to enhance commercial space activities
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