Press Release

AIAA Statement on the Final Launch of Space Shuttle Atlantis NASA and America’s Aerospace Industry Will Endure

By SpaceRef Editor
July 11, 2011
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On the last launch of the space shuttle Atlantis, Robert S. Dickman, executive director of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics stated:

“The launch of Atlantis creates mixed feelings for everyone in the aerospace community. As we take this opportunity to reflect on our nation’s achievements in aerospace, it is certainly nostalgic to see the shuttle era end. However, we recognize the promise of a bright future in which industry and commerce will play a greater role as we work together to build on the shuttle’s legacy engineering and science achievements.

“In an ongoing partnership with industry and our universities, NASA will continue its vital mission of propelling our nation, and the global community, to a greater understanding of the universe we inhabit. AIAA looks forward to tomorrow, and the momentous discoveries that will be made.

“At the same time, we give thanks to the thousands of women and men who have brought us to this moment in history.”

View the AIAA Public Policy Committee statement on the end of the shuttle program at

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SpaceRef staff editor.