IISC State of the Industry, December 3, 2018

In this week's update:

- Events from the last week in the space industry
- A look ahead on the calendar on the space industry
-  NASA Announces Commercial Partners for lunar lander
- Links of Note
This week in the space industry:
- NASA Selects nine companies for commercial lunar lander program. 
- Boundary of Space being reconsidered as Virgin Galactic test program advances. 
- Dedicated rideshare Falcon 9 launch raises satellite tracking concerns.
- Former Air Force general picked to lead FAA commercial space office.
Coming up in the space industry:
- Soyuz ISS 57S Launch-Dec 3 11:31 GMT.
- Space Resiliency Summit-Dec 4.
-SIA 14th Annual DOD Commerical SATCOM Workshop-Dec 11.

- 2019 AIAA SciTech FDorum-Jan 7.
- Space Access Conference-Apr 18.

NASA Announces Commerical Partners for Lunar Lander

Last Wednesday NASA Announced Partnerships with nine companies paving the way for the development of the much talked about Lunar Gateway.
Since the ending of the Space Shuttle Program in 2011 NASA has been working hard on plans to go to Mars, as well as a return to the moon, the announcement Wednesday is a major step forward in efforts to return to the moon and bring Commerical companies along.
The Nine Companies are,
·         Astrobotic Technology, Inc.: Pittsburgh
·         Deep Space Systems: Littleton, Colorado
·         Draper: Cambridge, Massachusetts
·         Firefly Aerospace, Inc.: Cedar Park, Texas
·         Intuitive Machine anss, LLC: Houston
·         Lockheed Martin Space: Littleton, Colorado
·         Masten Space Systems, Inc.: Mojave, California
·         Moon Express: Cape Canaveral, Florida
·         Orbit Beyond: Edison, New Jersey
The Announcement allows these companies to start developing technologies to support the lunar gateway and land probes on the moon its self. Development of a lunar gateway will serve two purposes, it will allow for the development of a Cislunar economy (Something I have talked about a couple of times in the SOTI) and two; use the moon as a test bed for future missions to Mars and other planets.
Going to Mars and other planets will take many months and the distances involved will make these missions “independent” of the earth so the crew will be more dependent on themselves to solve any problems that do occur, returning to the moon and this time with Commerical companies is the logical next step in our exploration of the universe. 
Links of Note from the past week:
- Former Air Force general to lead FAA commercial space office.
- PSLV Launch a boost for smallsat IoT remote-sensing constellations.
MarCO success vindicates use of cubesats on deep space missions.
-Satellite data business is Amazons next disruption target.

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