25 December 2016

Hello everyone,

First off, I want to say thank-you.  A4H is going through many changes.  With the challenges commercial flight providers have faced in recent years, we are rethinking how to contribute to the space sector and present ourselves to the community.  Switching from seeking jobs as payload specialist astronauts to creating our own opportunities to fly in space is necessary but tremendously challenging.  We have many questions.  How can we design experiments and develop technologies that allow us to fly into space eventually?  Who can help us?  Should we build our own technologies or test those built by others?  How can we do so ethically and responsibly?

We are so grateful for the patience and support of our members.  Many of you are students.  With the cost of education and the job market as it is, especially in the aerospace sector, we recognize how hard it can be for you put money towards causes you care about.  Thank you for making us your priority.

We also want to thank our partners and sponsors.  One that deserves special mention is Fuze.  They have generously provided an online platform to help us hear one another’s voices and see each other’s faces over vast distances.  I do not know how we would do what we do without them.  Thank–you to the Fuze team for believing in us.

There are many who have devoted so much to A4H in the past and present.  Some founded the organization and have stayed with us to this day.  Others joined us more recently.  All have been generous by taking on A4H projects, connecting us with key organizations, volunteering their unique skillset, and offering insight during meetings.  We recognized a few of them could during our awards ceremony last weekend.  Here are the names of these outstanding contributors to A4H:

Dr. Brian Shiro
Mr. Amnon Govrin
Mr. Troy Cole
Dr. David Wassell
Mr. Brien Posey
Ms. Victoria Varone
Dr. Aaron Persad

Again, we cannot thank-you enough for your support over these years.  Happy Holidays to all!  Our best wishes go out to you and your families for a hopeful and prosperous 2017.

Peace on Earth,

Michael Gallagher M.D. C.C.F.P.
President and CEO

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