A recap of responses to Thursday’s explosion in Mojave:
The Personal Spaceflight Federation released a brief statement about the accident: “Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with the families and those injured or lost in today’s incident. We will await the results of the investigation before further comment, but we have complete confidence that the causes of the incident will be found in due course.”
The X Prize Foundation also issued a short statement: “We were devastated to learn about the heartbreaking loss that took place at Scaled Composites yesterday. Our hearts go out to all the families in Mojave who are working through this tragedy. It is a sad reality that pushing the boundaries of exploration involves great risk. These people are true pioneers and it is our hope that the spirit of exploration they embody will love on.”
It isn’t on the company’s web site, but the LA Daily News reports that Northrop Grumman, the company in the process of buying Scaled, issued a statement about the accident on Friday. “Northrop Grumman extends our condolences to the people of Scaled Composites and share in their grief and sadness with the loss and injuries of their co-workers,” the Daily News quotes from the statement.
The Space Frontier Foundation issued a press release calling for the “NewSpace movement” to press ahead despite the accident. “Whatever the cause of this tragic event was, they will get to the bottom of it, fix the problem, and then make their spaceship fly,” said Foundation co-founder Jim Muncy. “It will be the best possible way to honor their sacrifice.”
There is supposed to be a statement about the accident on Scaled Composites’ web site, but as of Saturday morning the site appears to be down, perhaps from heavy traffic.