November 13, 2021 – Reston, Va. – ASCEND, the interdisciplinary community on the planet dedicated to building humanity’s off-world future faster, mourns the passing of Citizen Astronaut Glen de Vries. ASCEND is powered by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).
AIAA Executive Director Dan Dumbacher made the following statement:
“We are shocked and saddened by the tragic death of Glen de Vries. Through his involvement onboard Blue Origin’s New Shepard NS-18 mission, he helped open up access to space for everyone. The ASCEND community was looking forward to celebrating his space journey with him next week. His pioneering efforts will be remembered as more people travel to space to live and work in the coming years.”