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IISC State of the Industry, January 14, 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
- The Next Generation
- Links of Note
This week in the space industry:
- Space X laying off 10% of its workforce.
- Ball and SSL win study contracts for methane emission tracking satellite.
- NASA Delays Space X commercial crew test flight to February.
- Blue Origin still holding off on new Shepard ticket sales.
Coming up in the space industry:
- SG Thailand-January 26.
- Global Space and Technology Convention-February 14.
-Space Access Conference-April 18.
- Humans to Mars Summit-May 14.
The Next Generation
This past year  I had the honor to lead a team of international students at a leadership academy sponsored by a major aerospace company, it got me thinking do we do enough in commercial space to ensure the next generation is ready to take our places?
 
When I was growing up much of what I learned was by going to the school library and reading through past issues of Aviation Week and Space Technology and watching John Holloman on CNN when they covered Shuttle Missions.  Regular trips from my home in Dallas to the Johnson Space Center filled my calendar, I was thirsty for knowledge about the space program.
 
This past two years have shown me there are many more like me out there thirsty for knowledge, one student this week wanted a more detailed description of the Center of Pressure, with some help from a contractor friend, I was able to get him the answer he was looking for, all it took was a text message, we in commercial space can all do the same with a little effort.
 
What are you doing as a company to ensure that there is a workforce ready to take over when you retire?
 
An internship program is a great way to start, it doesn't have to be a fancy program, it can be as simple as a partnership with a local high school to where students could work at your facility, and at the same time gain some valuable work experience that could lead to a career in Aerospace. 
People say that interest in space has waned in since the last shuttle mission in 2011, well I think that's not the case.
 
Let’s give this generation a chance, they are ready to get involved and leave their footprint, just like we have.
 
 
Links of Note from the past week:
- Space X laying off 10 percent of its workforce.
https://spacenews.com/spacex-laying-off-10-percent-of-its-workforce/

- NASA delays SpaceX commercial crew test flight to February. 
https://spacenews.com/nasa-delays-spacex-commercial-crew-test-flight-to-february/
- Statoluanch airplane nears first flight.

https://spacenews.com/stratolaunch-airplane-nears-first-flight/
-Blue Origin still holding off on New Shepard ticket sales.
https://spacenews.com/blue-origin-still-holding-off-on-new-shepard-ticket-sales/
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