IISC State of the Industry, December 31, 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
- 2019 to see the launch of Commercial Crew Missions
- Links of Note
This week in the space industry:
- NASA Opens floodgates for firms with planetary ambitions.
- Cloud Constellation lines up $100 million investment.

- Runner-up in NASA commercial lander competition plans to try again. 
- Russia inaugurates Vostochy Cosmodrome with semi-commercial Soyuz launch.  
Coming up in the space industry:
-2019 AIAA SciTech Forum-January 7. 
- Global Space and Technology Convention-February 15. 
- 4th ESA Workshop on Advanced Flexible Telcom Payloads-March 8.

- Space Access Conference-April 18.
2019 To see the launch of Commercial Crew Missions
Tomorrow marks the beginning of 2019. While 2018 has been exciting from the launch of the Falcon heavy Rocket to the use of Cubesats on the Mars InSight lander it is only the warm up act for 2019.
2019 will see the launch of the first commercial crews on commercially built spacecraft on missions to the International Space Station. For the first time in almost nine years Astronauts will launch from American soil with a mixture of NASA and Commercial crew on board. We are at a point in space exploration that the airlines were many years ago with the awarding of air mail contracts to upstart airlines. Commercial space will experience the same as Boeing and Space X start the journey that will one day become just as routine as a flight on a commercial airliner. That along with the awarding of contracts to commercial companies to start designing and building lunar landers for a return to the moon, are the start of what will be the dawn of the Commercial age of the greatest journey man has ever undertaken. The exploration of the stars and the planets, and the economic utilization of space for the benefit of all of us.
Links of Note from the past week:
- NASA opens the floodgates for firms with planetary ambitions.
- Cloud Constellation lines up $100 million investment.

- Runner-up in NASA lunar lander competition plans to try again.
-Commerce Department seeks to encourage more space industry investment.
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