Editor’s Comment: Our thoughts are with the Families and Friends of the Virgin Galactic pilots.
Dr. Diamandis, a supporter of the program, in his email expresses his thoughts regarding the accident and I share them with you who visit our magazine.
I would like to share my deepest personal thoughts on today’s Virgin Galactic accident. As you know, this is deeply meaningful to me, my family and friends.
Today, most importantly, my heart goes out to those who have lost loved ones, and the many at Virgin Galactic, Scaled Composites, the Virgin Group and the Mojave Spaceport who this accident deeply affects.
I urge all of us to keep something in mind. 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.