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IISC State of the Industry, October 8, 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
-  Don't Get "Go Fever"
- Links of Note
This week in the space industry:
- Boeing Plans Changes to SLS Upper Stages
- HyperSat reveals hyperspectral plans
- US State Department clarifies satellite thruster regulations
- NASA confirms new delays in commercial crew test flight schedule
Coming up in the space industry:
- Satellite Innovation-October 9
- Soyuz launches with 56S crew to ISS-Oct 11.
- IISC Presentation on Education and Industry at International Partership Network Confernce-Oct 19.

- 20th Annual Global MilSat Com-Nov 6.
Don't Get "Go Fever" 
 
There is a prize on board the international space station for the commercial crew that docks with the orbiting outpost, however it’s not a race to get there. 
This week both Boeing and Space X announced delays in the launch of their first commercial crew vehicles, something that is not uncommon when a new spacecraft is preparing for its maiden flight, Since the beginning of the space program each vehicle has faced delays, before its first flight in the spring of 1981 the space shuttle faced a two- and half-year delay due to problems with the thermal protection system. As we approach the first launches its important for all of us to understand the importance of making sure everything is right before committing to launch, even if it means delays. 
Many of us know  “Go fever” that is disregarding or taking shortcuts in processing to achieve a launch schedule. In the history of manned space flight there has been several examples where “Go Fever” has occurred on two such occasions fatal accidents occurred. 
As we approach the dawn of manned commercial space flights lets pledge to take our time in getting ready for flight, and if a delay happens, let's fix whatever the problem is, and fly, getting that prize is not worth risking life or flight hardware. 


 
Links of Note from the past week:
- NASA confirms new delays in commercial crew test flight schedule.
https://spacenews.com/nasa-confirms-new-delays-in-commercial-crew-test-flight-schedule/
- US State Department clarifies satellite thruster regulations.
https://spacenews.com/us-state-department-clarifies-satellite-thruster-regulations/

- Lockheed Martin considering flying commercial payloads on Orion.
https://spacenews.com/lockheed-martin-considering-flying-commercial-payloads-on-orion/
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