AIAA Statement on Blue Origin’s Successful NS-25 Mission Written 19 May 2024


Blue Origin NS-25 Crew

NS-25 astronauts during training at Launch Site One. (May 18, 2024) | Credit: Blue Origin–©

May 19, 2024 – Reston, Va – AIAA CEO Dan Dumbacher made the following statement:

“On behalf of the 30,000 professional and student members of AIAA, we congratulate AIAA Corporate Member Blue Origin on its successful NS-25 mission. We congratulate Mason, Sylvain, Ed, Ken, Carol, and Gopi on their inspirational mission. We share the excitement around the NS-25 mission that embodies the promises of space for the benefit of Earth.

We are especially thrilled to celebrate Ed Dwight’s flight. After being selected as the nation’s first Black astronaut candidate in the 1960s, Ed was not granted the opportunity to fly to space – until now. We hope Ed’s flight inspires future generations to pursue their dreams and persevere. We celebrate this spirit in the new Space4All campaign aiming to inspire, prepare, and employ a diverse space workforce. Space4All is the national space STEM awareness campaign being led by a public-private partnership including AIAA and Blue Origin, and more than 150 corporate, federal, non-profit, and community-based organizations including the National Space Council and the U.S. Department of Education.” 

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

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