SCALED COMPOSITES FAMILY SUPPORT FUND & NSS Statement on Accident

SCALED COMPOSITES FAMILY SUPPORT FUND

Scaled has announced information on a fund for those who wish to support the
families of the deceased as well as the injured and their families.

The National Space Society urges all of its members and the broader space
community to give generously to support these heroes.

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Please send contributions to:
Scaled Family Support Fund
c/o Scaled Composites
1624 Flight Line
Mojave, CA. 93501

Acct # 04157-66832

Wire transfer ABA Routing #1220-0066-1

Please make checks payable to the account
number or to the name of the fund.

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NSS Statement on Accident at Scaled Composites:

America was built on the courage of those who dared to explore new
frontiers.  From Lewis and Clark to the Apollo astronauts, great men and
women have tested themselves against the frontiers of their age.

In the course of their efforts, these heroes may pay the ultimate cost, as
they did yesterday in Mojave.  When that happens, it
is the highest duty of all of us to care for the injured, to mourn the
departed, and to care for the families.  An honest investigation must be
conducted to learn what went wrong, and to fix the cause so that it does not
happen again.

But when the investigation finished, our duty is to carry on the work of
those heroes, to redouble our efforts to scale the peaks that they were
climbing.  That is what we learned from Apollo 1.  That is what they would
want.

The frontier of space is far from tamed.  The men and women of Scaled
Composites are engaged in one of the great efforts of our
time: opening space for all humanity.  That is a noble pursuit, perhaps the
most noble of all, and we must all be thankful for their work, and for their
sacrifice.

Let us not shirk from what happened yesterday.  Professionals will find the
cause.  The program will continue.  The effort to open space cannot be
stopped.  Now is the time to honor those men by honoring the cause that they
were engaged in.  Those of us who are part of this great endeavor, whether
as participants or as supporters, let us carry forward this message of
perseverance to our own communities, to our elected leaders and to the
media.  Now more than ever, the nation needs to hear your voices.

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