From: Space Foundation
Posted: Wednesday, November 20, 2002
The following statement concerning today’s successful Delta IV launch may be attributed to Elliot G. Pulham, president and chief executive officer of the Space Foundation:
"The toughest thing about space is getting there, and Delta IV brings tremendous new capabilities to Boeing’s commercial and government customers. Along with the Lockheed Martin Atlas V, Delta IV strengthens considerably the position of U.S. companies in the commercial launch business, especially against the chief heavy lift competitor, France’s Ariane V.
"Both the Boeing stockholder and the U.S. taxpayer have made considerable investments in the Delta IV. Today's flight demonstrates that while space can still be a risky business, investment in space research and development does have its rewards."
Launch info: http://www.boeing.com/defense-space/space/delta/delta4/first_launch/flash.html The launch took place Wednesday, November 20, 2002 from Space Launch Complex 37B, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. at 5:39 p.m.
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