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STATEMENT OF SENATOR LYNWOOD LEWIS ON THE CYGNUS LAUNCH FAILURE I want to thank the NASA personnel, Spaceport personnel and all the Security staff as well as the Emergency responders for all that they did during Tuesday night’s tragedy to keep everyone safe. We lost property, not people, and that is an important perspective to maintain. Many people have worked very hard on this important project and certainly, my thoughts are with them. For those of us who have been supportive and involved with the Spaceport over the years, it was a somber evening. I have spoken with Virginia Secretary of Transportation Layne, whose Cabinet office encompasses the Spaceport and also with the Governor’s Deputy Chief of Staff, while Governor McAuliffe was traveling in Asia. All of us are thankful there was no injury or loss of life. The immediate concern is assessing any environmental damage and the damage to the facility. I attended a briefing at Wallops Wednesday afternoon with NASA, the Spaceport, Orbital Sciences, Secretary Layne and Secretary of Public Safety Moran about those assessment efforts and the path ahead. I know that our Spaceport will and must continue to have an important role in the future of commercial space flight. For those of us who were there, it is something that we will never forget and a stark reminder that space flight is not ordinary, it is extraordinary, and occasionally when engaged in an extraordinary enterprise the unexpected happens. But undertaking the extraordinary is what has made this Country and this Commonwealth great. We will learn and we will press ahead because that is who and what we are. Again, thanks to all who worked to keep everyone safe Tuesday night and to everyone who will be working hard towards having our Spaceport facility ready to launch again. ...

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Senator Lynwood Lewis

There will be more to say on the horrible news from Wallops later. But in the meantime, NASA is reporting if people find debris in the vicinity of the failed launch tonight, please stay away and call the NASA Incident Response Team at 757-824-1295. Thank you. ...

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Senator Lynwood Lewis

Well, as you might know by now, the launch of the Orbital Sciences Antares rocket to resupply the International Space Station was scrubbed due to the safety concern of a single boat 40 miles downrange in the launch zone. Thousands turned out to watch the launch and I hope they return. One of those was my son, John Zadoc, who was able to spend a lot of time talking to a former Shuttle Astronaut. It was a very special time for him. My colleague from the Virginia senate, Ralph Smith of Roanoke, came to see first hand the results of the investment by the Commonwealth to develop the entire Wallops Island complex. The new schedule for the launch is tonight at 6:22 PM. It looks like the weather will not be a concern as we have another spectacular day in Virginia in store for us. (5 photos) ...

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Senator Lynwood Lewis

It was an early beginning to a busy Tuesday in the district. I attended the regional meeting of the Virginia AgriBusiness Council in Painter on the Eastern Shore. Great turnout and good discussion on important agricultural issues we face in the Commonwealth. The Commissioner of Agriculture and State Forester joined us at the meeting. (2 photos) ...

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