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AIAA Statement on Successful Artemis I Launch


Artemis 1 Launch 16 Nov 2022

Artemis I uncrewed Moon-orbiting mission launches at 1:04 a.m. EST from NASA Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Pad 39B. | Credit: NASA

November 16, 2022 – Reston, Va. – The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) issued the following statement from AIAA Executive Director Dan Dumbacher:

“Congratulations to the entire NASA/industry Artemis team on the successful launch of the Artemis I mission from NASA Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Pad 39B. Witnessing this engineering marvel move from concept to production, and now to operation, is an inspirational moment for us today and for the Artemis generation. Kudos on this tremendous achievement!

We are excited to see our nation’s space program prepare to take the next steps toward the surface of the moon. The Artemis program provides a fundamental new capability enabling us to retain and grow U.S. leadership in space by establishing a sustainable presence on the moon in preparation for human exploration beyond Earth’s orbit.

We salute the lead contractors contributing to the success of Artemis: Lockheed Martin for the Orion spacecraft; Aerojet Rocketdyne, Boeing, Northrop Grumman, and Teledyne Brown for the powerful Space Launch System (SLS); and Jacobs for the Exploration Ground Systems. We also salute the European Space Agency and Airbus for their contribution to the Orion spacecraft, the European Service Module. We also commend the thousands of suppliers supporting these companies on the Artemis program.

AIAA recognizes the countless professionals across the aerospace industry involved from the earliest days of the Artemis program, including those AIAA professional and corporate members who have helped design, build, test, and operate this new system. Over the years, these innovators have chronicled their work by authoring articles for AIAA journals and meeting papers for AIAA forums. Their original research results and technological progress on Artemis have been published in AIAA’s Aerospace Research Central (ARC) at AIAA is committed to ensuring students and professionals have access to the most important advances in aerospace science and technology through ARC.

We applaud the entire NASA/industry Artemis team for shaping the future of aerospace.”

Media contact: Rebecca B. Gray,, 804.397.5270



Launch of the Artemis I mission from NASA Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Pad 39B, 16 November 2022 at 1:04 a.m. EDT. (Launch takes place at the 3:17:08 mark)
(NASA; YouTube)


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