Very few companies can claim to have survived the ebbs and flows of the market, and the many requests of their clients... for 100 years. Boeing is one such company being recognized by The National Space Society for reaching their 100th anniversary, and continuing its prominent place in the aerospace business establishment.
The National Space Society (NSS) congratulates the Boeing Company on reaching its 100th anniversary, and doing so while continuing to be a prominent leader in the aerospace business.
NSS further notes the role that Boeing and its heritage companies McDonnell Douglas, North American Aviation, Hughes, Jeppesen, and Stearman has played in the development of all US human spacecraft that have flown: from Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo to the Space Shuttle and now the International Space Station.
Because of Boeing's direct efforts it can be said that humanity is now truly living and working in space.
However it can be pointed out that 50 years into the Space Age the number of people living in space is still less than 10. The NSS' vision is to see thousands and eventually millions of people living and working in thriving communities beyond the Earth, and harvesting the vast resources of space for the dramatic betterment of humanity.
The recent Boeing commercial "You Just Wait" greatly pleased NSS, and the statement by Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg, who said Friday, "In another 100 years, we might make daily trips to space, fly across the globe in less than an hour, or receive unlimited clean power from solar satellites," was the cherry on top, so to speak.
NSS is the largest and oldest non-profit advocate for civil and commercial human spaceflight and space solar power, and they believe that Boeing is up to the challenge and that all of these achievements will come to pass—well before its 200th anniversary.
NSS further applauds the dedication and hard work that Boeing is putting into the construction and support of the International Space Station, the operational success of the reusable X-37B space plane, the return of American astronauts to space via the CST-100 Starliner, and its portion of the NASA Space Launch System.
NSS wishes all of Boeing the best of success on these and other endeavors.
Over the 42 year history of NSS, numerous Boeing employees have volunteered to serve as NSS Directors, Officers, and other leaders. They have brought with them Boeing Company core values of dedication and high ethical and work standards. This has had a positive impact on the evolution of NSS extending even to its guiding principles of human rights, ethics, and pragmatism.
NSS looks forward to continuing its working relationship with Boeing during the next 100 years. From all of us to all of Boeing: Happy 100th and Ad Astra!