AIAA Congratulates SpaceX and NASA on Successful Crew-1 Launch Written 16 November 2020

SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying the Crew Dragon spacecraft is launched on NASA's SpaceX Crew-1 mission to the ISS with NASA astronauts Mike Hopkins, Victor Glover, and Shannon Walker onboard, along with JAXA astronaut Soichi Noguchi, 15 November 2020, from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. | Credit: Joel Kowsky/NASA; Associated Press–©

Reston, Va. (November 16, 2020) — The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) congratulates SpaceX, its aerospace industry suppliers, NASA and all those who supported the Crew-1 mission for the successful launch of the Falcon 9 rocket with the Crew Dragon spacecraft and the recovery of its booster rockets.

“Last night we witnessed the next step toward flying humans regularly to space from American soil on American rockets,” said Dan Dumbacher, AIAA executive director. “We are all inspired by the journey NASA astronauts Mike Hopkins, Victor Glover, and Shannon Walker, and astronaut Soichi Noguchi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) are taking.”

“Missions like this continue to provide safe, reliable, and cost-effective access to low-Earth orbit and the International Space Station, which is key to building our off-world future,” Dumbacher concluded.

AIAA is the world's largest and most influential aerospace technical society, and our members have been involved in nearly every advancement in modern U.S. aerospace – including the NASA Commercial Crew program.