"In an email, Elon Musk, the PayPal and Tesla entrepreneur who founded SpaceX, a company that has developed launch vehicles, wrote that Ms. Smith had "helped lay the foundations for a new era in American spaceflight." "We are closer to becoming a multiplanet species because of her efforts," he added."
Keith's note: There was a time when Patti was the only person in the entire Federal government who was thinking seriously about commercial space. At that time, no one else really cared. She did. Look what happened.
Keith's update: Patti's family requests in lieu of flowers that donations can be made to the American Cancer Society in Patti's name. Patti's "Home-Going" Service will be held Monday, 13 June at 11:00 am at the Mount Sinai Baptist Church 1615 3rd St. NW in Washington, DC.
I'm so sad: Patti Grace Smith, my older sister from another mother & the pioneering first FAA Assoc Admin for Com'l Space Transp, has died.— James A. M. Muncy (@JamesMuncy) June 6, 2016
If @OrbitalATK has not already named its next Cygnus, "SS Patti Grace Smith" should be on their short list.— NASA Watch (@NASAWatch) June 7, 2016
Tough to handle the passing of two legends in the space policy business at the same time, Dick Malow and Patti Grace Smith.— Marcia Smith (@SpcPlcyOnline) June 7, 2016