IISC State of the Industry, October 15, 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 take Spaceflight for granted
- Links of Note
This week in the space industry:
- Safety Panel fears Soyuz failure could exacerbate commercial safety concerns.  
- Soyuz Launch Failure to affect ISS utilization.
- Virgin Galactic preparing for the next phase of SpaceShipTwo test flight program.
- Senate Confirms Morhard as NASA Deputy Administrator.
Coming up in the space industry:
- VSAT Congress-October 15.
-Montreal Space Symposium 2018-Oct 18.
- IISC Presentation on Education and Industry at International Partnership Network Conference-Oct 19.

- 2018 Wernher von Braun Memorial Symposium-Oct 23.
Don't Take Spaceflight for granted

This week in Huntsville I was talking to my team about how one day spaceflight may become as routine as a Commerical airline flight, I talked about how dependable the Soyuz Space craft was, twelve hours later I would waken to the news of an aborted Soyuz launch.

Saturday night I went to see “First Man” a new movie about Neil Armstrong, the movie has scenes dealing with the Apollo 1 fire, and the T-38 crashes of the 60’s and how Astronauts and their families handled those situations.

Fast forward to Thursday morning, after the aborted launch when the crew was returned to the launch site and reunited with their families, the photo above should be the photo used by Commerical companies as part of their Space Flight Awareness and Safety Campaigns, as we approach the beginning of manned Commerical flights next year, may we never take it for granted and do everything in our power to ensure that the crews are safely reunited with their families. Accidents will happen there is no way to avoid that short of not launching, but if we slow down and don’t get “launch fever” and launch when the spacecraft is ready there will be many more happy crew returns to celebrate.   

Links of Note from the past week:
- Safety panel fears Soyuz failure could exacerbate commercial safety concerns.
- Virgin Galactic preparing for the next phase of SpaceShipTwo test flight program.
- Soyuz failure to affect ISS utilization.

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