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XPRIZE Honors the Brave Test Pilots of SpaceShipTwo

XPRIZE Honors the Brave Test Pilots of SpaceShipTwo

By XPRIZE on October 31, 2014

“The thoughts of all of us at the XPRIZE Foundation are with the families of the brave test pilots of SpaceShipTwo.  An endeavor this bold comes with calculated risk, as have countless other endeavors to explore our world and to expand our horizons throughout history.  We believe that the ultimate benefits to humanity far outweigh the risks involved in human spaceflight. We support the pioneering efforts of Virgin Galactic and Scaled Composites and we must all resolve that the courage of these pilots is never forgotten and their cause never abandoned.” 

- Robert K. Weiss, Vice Chairman & President, XPRIZE

“Today, most importantly, my heart goes out to those who have lost loved ones, and the many at Virgin Galactic, Scaled Composites, and the Mojave Spaceport who this accident deeply affected. We are on the verge of opening the space frontier, one of the greatest endeavors of our species. Many Americans forget that 500 years ago, thousands of Europeans gave their lives to open the Americas, and 200 years ago, the early Americans risked their lives to open the West. This is what exploring is all about. We risk our lives for what we believe in. This is the American way — the explorer’s way. I, for one, am proud to be a Virgin Galactic client. I believe in the company, and know without a doubt that they will succeed, and I will fully trust them with my safety when my turn to fly materializes.”  

-Peter H. Diamandis, Chairman & CEO, XPRIZE

For complete coverage of the tragic loss of SpaceShipTwo, please go to Space.com

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