Virgin Galactic's Second Spaceship 2

  • Jan 16, 2015 1:06pm GMT

While the NTSB investigation continues, work has been ongoing at Virgin Galactic for the coming year. The second spaceship is being built by their wholly-owned sister organization, The Spaceship Company (TSC), who along with Virgin Galactic, will be responsible for testing and operating the vehicle. It is close to completion. See it in the video below and hear from key team members as they take you behind the scenes at their Spaceship factory in the Mojave Air & Space Port.

The flight test crew have also been announced and will include Doug Shane, who ran Scaled Composites’ test flight activities for many years; Mike Moses, the former Launch Integration Manager for the Space Shuttle program and Chair of the Shuttle’s Mission Management team; and Todd Ericson, VP of Safety and Test, who was the Chief of Safety for the US Air Force Flight Test Center.

Todd is also a pilot, and part of a strong pilot corps composed of several other experienced military test pilots, including one shuttle commander, a former U2 and F-16 test pilot, and Chief Pilot Dave Mackay, who served as a test pilot for the Harrier jet during his service in the Royal Air Force.