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So You Think You Can Fly? Virgin Galactic is Hiring Pilot-Astronauts

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So You Think You Can Fly? Virgin Galactic is Hiring Pilot-Astronauts

So You Think You Can Fly? Virgin Galactic is Hiring Pilot-Astronauts

MOJAVE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Virgin Galactic LLC, the world’s first commercial spaceline, is accepting qualified applications for pilot-astronauts.

Pilot-astronaut responsibilities include the WhiteKnightTwo and SpaceShipTwo spaceflight system test program in accordance with government regulations and company policies in Mojave, CA and Virgin Galactic’s commercial operations at Spaceport America in New Mexico.

Qualified candidates are full course graduates of a recognised test pilot school who are broadly experienced with both high-performance fast-jet type airplanes and large multi-engine types. Prior spaceflight experience is desirable.

Virgin Galactic is dedicated to becoming a world leader in sub-orbital commercial space tourism with a longer term vision to develop space technologies that have the potential to open space to significantly more people and users. Pilot-astronauts are a vital part of its efforts to creating a safe and enjoyable commercial suborbital space flight.

Virgin Galactic actively strives to promote innovation, value, integrity and a sense of enjoyment in all that it does. For more information and to apply, visit the Virgin Careers site, http://careers.virgin.com/, and search for Virgin Galactic.

About Virgin Galactic

Virgin Galactic is on track to be the world’s first commercial spaceline. The new spaceship (VSS Enterprise, or SpaceShipTwo) and mothership (VMS Eve or WhiteKnightTwo) are both being developed for Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic by Mojave-based Scaled Composites. Founded by Burt Rutan, Scaled developed SpaceShipOne, which in 2004 claimed the $10m Ansari X prize as the world’s first privately developed manned spacecraft. Virgin Galactic’s new vehicles share much of the same basic design but are being built to carry six customers on sub-orbital space flights, allowing an out-of-the-seat zero gravity experience and offering astounding views of the planet from the black sky of space. The VSS Enterprise test flight program will continue through 2011, prior to commercial operations which will be based at Virgin Galactic’s future headquarters at Spaceport America in New Mexico. www.virgingalactic.com

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