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IISC State of the Industry, January 7, 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
- Media access during Commercial Space Missions
- Links of Note
This week in the space industry:
- Government Shutdown delays Commercial launch
- Chang'e-4 returns first images from lunars farside after landing.
- Deep Space Industries acquired by Bradford Space.
- Kacific to double size as first satellite launch nears.
Coming up in the space industry:
-  2019AIAA Sci Tech-Jan 7.
- SG Thailand-Jan 26.

- GOVSATCOM Conference for EU Defense & Security-Feb 14. 
- Global Space and Technology Convention (GSTC)-Feb 14.
Media Access During Commercial Missions
 
During the past week, we have seen the Falcon 9 Heavy be raised and lowered,. Media outlets have had to rely on such things as the closing of the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge as indications that any kind of activity is near. With the dawn of Manned Commercial flights coming later this year, or early next year how will the Industry handle Media Access?
 
Since the beginning of the Space Age NASA has always had an open-door policy for journalist to record Mankind's journey to the Stars, they were there for the historic flights of Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo, and Shuttle, to the Fatal Accidents of Apollo 1, Challenger, and Columbia. Even during the Classified Department of Defense Shuttle Missions the Media had access and was aware of the Launch date and Window for these missions, while NASA did not disclose the launch time until nine minutes before launch, the media was kept up to date with the Countdown Status.
 
With Commercial Missions will the Media have the same access?
 How will Commercial Providers handle accidents involving Manned Vehicles?
 
It is understood that much of what commercial companies do is proprietary, but with Manned Vehicles commercial providers owe it to themselves to allow the Media access to preflight press conferences with the crew, as well as the Crew arrival at the Launch site, and departure for the launch pad. We have a young generation of explorers that are in need of their generations John Glenn, or Sally Ride. Access to these events will allow them to witness first hand mankind's greatest adventure.
 
When Commercial Space providers experience their first Accident involving a manned Mission, they should have a “Contingency Plan” in place to handle the Media, and how the accident will be covered in the media.
 
Manned Commercial Space flight will be exciting, there will be many triumph’s   as well as a few losses. It's all part of Space flight, and we owe it to our Country, and the world to provide access. 
Links of Note from the past week:
- Iridium open to rideshares for spare satellite launches.
https://spacenews.com/iridium-open-to-rideshares-for-spare-satellite-launches/

-Government shutdown delays commercial launch.  
https://spacenews.com/government-shutdown-delays-commercial-launch/
- NASA postpones Rogozin Visit.
https://spacenews.com/nasa-postpones-rogozin-visit/
 
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