AIAA Statement on SpaceX Starship Test Flight Written 20 April 2023


SpaceX's Starship launches from Starbase in Boca Chica, Texas, Thursday, April 20, 2023. | Credit: Eric Gay; Associated Press–©


April 20, 2023 – Reston, Va. – The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) issued the following statement from AIAA Executive Director Dan Dumbacher:

“Congratulations to the SpaceX team on today’s test flight of Starship from Starbase, Texas. This flight is an important milestone and much will be learned from the engineering data. With Starship, SpaceX is taking bold steps that are helping us accelerate the future of humans living and working off our planet. Flight tests and taking risks will lead to this future.

We are excited to see commercial space launch companies pushing the industry forward toward the moon and Mars. Pushing boundaries leads to success.

AIAA recognizes the countless industry professionals who have helped design, build, and test this new system. We applaud AIAA Corporate Member SpaceX for shaping the future of aerospace.”

Media contact: Rebecca B. Gray,, 804-397-5270

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