September 9, 2006 — Reston, VA — The following statement can be attributed to American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) President Roger Simpson:

“We congratulate NASA and its partners on the successful launch of the Space Shuttle Atlantis today. STS-115 begins a complex set of missions to complete the International Space Station. Atlantis’ six-person crew faces a very full schedule as they install a second set of solar arrays on the space station, doubling the station’s ability to generate power. This critical work requires robotic operations, three space walks and multiple ground-controlled checkouts. We’re certain the expert crew will impress us as they tackle these engineering feats in space and we look forward to the mission accomplishing its goals.”

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