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Meet The Men And Women Of The World’s First Spaceline.
Virgin Galactic is comprised of hundreds of dedicated and passionate professionals — including rocket scientists, engineers, and designers from around the world — united in creating something new and lasting: the world’s first commercial spaceline. A spaceline for Earth. Our team brings decades of experience from organizations like NASA, traditional aerospace firms, and other Virgin companies. We are here because we believe we are at the vanguard of a new space industry that is defining the future of exploration and that we will ultimately make space accessible to more people and for more purposes than ever before. It is a large and difficult undertaking; but through our efforts, we believe we can help inspire future generations and make it possible to see the beautiful planet we call home from a new perspective.
Exploring Space Makes Life Better On Earth.
People all around the world have experienced a sense of awe as they look up at the night sky. We discover a limitless universe of wonder as we learn to identify the Milky Way, or to spot planets, rings, moons, and even entire galaxies. As we peer into the heavens we look back billions of years in time, and connect simultaneously with the most primal thoughts of our ancestors and the most cutting-edge science of our day.
Sending humans and satellites into space requires effort, money, dedication, and sacrifice. In an imperfect world with pressing and important problems, some people ask why space is worth it.
It’s a reasonable question. Just don’t expect a single answer! After all, space is nearly infinite, and that boundless expanse gives us so many reasons to explore space.
Modern life would be unrecognizable without satellites. Meteorologists make life-saving weather predictions. Humanitarian organizations track the movements of genocidal military forces and coordinate relief efforts after national disasters. Farmers improve crop yields, and governments monitor and prevent illegal fishing and logging. Scientists and policy makers learn the answers to key questions about our planet’s climate.
But satellites are not sufficient: we as a species also dare to push new boundaries. Perhaps it is in our culture, perhaps it is in our DNA, or perhaps it is a bit of each of those, but we humans seem hardwired to explore. Not all of us feel it, but so many people today and in the past have felt an irresistible urge to see for themselves what lies just beyond the horizon.
And we are grateful that they have. Explorers make great discoveries, find new places to settle, and identify resources that benefit their sisters and brothers who stayed at home. The explorers of the space frontier are doing the same thing. By sending humans to space, we as a species have learned incredible things about human ingenuity and human physiology. Space exploration has inspired generations of entrepreneurs, inventors, ordinary citizens, and entire new industries.
Only through the exploration of the unknown can we continue to grow and evolve. Space is not only important for the future of transportation, commerce, and science; it’s also important for the future of imagination. We still know so little about space and how our understanding of it can benefit life on our planet. What is clear is that the ability for more people to cross the final frontier of space will be key to human advancement.
The astronauts have also found themselves transformed by their journeys. Many have experienced something called the Overview Effect as they look back at our home world. Seeing the Earth from space, they notice that most of the borders we fight over are imaginary lines, or that our atmosphere seems like an impossibly thin and fragile layer of protection for life as we know it. The experience is a profound and fundamentally personal one, but its magnitude cannot be denied.
However, very few people have ever experienced this effect themselves. Throughout all of human history, only about 550 people have ever visited space. This means that not only have most of us never been to space, most of us have never even met someone else who can tell us about the experience. Human spaceflight has tremendous value in inspiring and educating our society, but that value is limited because flights have been so rare.
Those few, fortunate astronauts, cosmonauts, and taikonauts who have flown also do not represent the astounding diversity of humanity. Government astronauts have tended to be similar to each other: historically, they have very little diversity in terms of age, gender, ethnicity, language, or professional background. If few people have ever met an astronaut, even fewer have met an astronaut to whom they can truly relate, who looks and sounds like they do.
That is about to change. The roughly 700 Virgin Galactic future astronauts who have already paid deposits for their flights on SpaceShipTwo come from more than 50 different countries, about half of which have never before sent a human to space. They span in age from under 10 to over 90 years of age. They practice many professions and speak many languages.
In the near future, our astronauts will share their version of the Overview Effect with audiences who have never dreamed of hearing it and who will go on to be the innovators, inventors, and entrepreneurs of tomorrow. Some of them may even earn the scholarships offered by the Virgin Galactic Future Astronaut community through Galactic Unite.
Virgin Galactic Is Creating The World’s First Commercial Spaceline, A Spaceline For Earth.
Virgin Galactic is part of an incredible story that has been thousands of years in the making, driven by the deeply human need to explore our universe, to innovate new and lasting technologies and to create a better future for our society and our planet.
To do this, we have assembled a global community of future astronauts that are proving that there is a robust market human spaceflight. We have also assembled a world class team of engineers, technicians, mission controllers, and many others who have spent their lives pushing the boundaries of technology and exploration. Our team is made up of established leaders from directly relevant programs, including:
- the team behind the $10M Ansari XPRIZE-winning SpaceShipOne;
- pilots from Royal Air Force, US Air Force, US Marine Corps and NASA Astronaut corps;
- aircraft experts from Lear, Cessna, Scaled Composites, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, and others;
- test and safety leadership from the US Air Force, United Airlines, and more;
- operational experts including a former NASA Space Shuttle Launch Director and NASA’s former International Space Station Assembly Manager.
Virgin Galactic’s dedication to finding the best people has resulted in a unique and colorful place with a deep sense of purpose along with a strong culture of safety and achievement. Our collective mission is to create the world’s first commercial spaceline, and as we do this, safety is our North Star. It is the thing that guides us as we strive to meet our goal of opening the space frontier. Safety is the responsibility of every single employee at Virgin Galactic and The Spaceship Company. Each functional team has its own internal safety lead, and each group’s policies are overseen by our senior safety officers.
Our safety culture impacts much more than test flights. It informs how we operate on our manufacturing floor as we build SpaceShipTwos, WhiteKnightTwos, LauncherOnes, and all their constituent parts. It guides us as we conduct tests of the Newton liquid rocket engines that will one day power LauncherOne into orbit. Our aspirations reach toward the stars, but our culture is rooted in a dedication to safety for our team and our customers.
Virgin has always strived to create amazing experiences and space will be no exception. We are putting the Virgin touch into every aspect of our spaceline– from the training, our fleet of spaceships, the interior cabin, and astronaut flight suits, all the way to the original architectural design and interior design of Spaceport America in New Mexico.
Our team is unified by the dream that, for the first time in human history, people all around the world will have the ability to go beyond our planet to experience the magic and majesty of space—to feel the freedom of weightlessness and see the Earth from a new perspective. We believe that it all starts with making space more accessible to countless more people than have ever been there before and inspiring and enabling a new generation to reach for the stars.
Become a part of the world’s first commercial spaceline
Virgin Galactic is comprised of hundreds of dedicated and passionate professionals united in creating something new and lasting: the world’s first commercial spaceline. A spaceline for Earth. We are here because we believe we are at the vanguard of a new space industry that is defining the future of exploration and that we will ultimately make space accessible to more people and for more purposes than ever before. We realize that our undertaking is both audacious and incredibly ambitious. We know that achieving our mission will require highly unusual levels of tenacity and dedication. If you share our passion for this mission, we welcome you to explore the positions we have available.Become a part of the world’s first commercial spaceline
Virgin Galactic is comprised of hundreds of dedicated and passionate professionals united in creating something new and lasting: the world’s first commercial spaceline. A spaceline for Earth. We are here because we believe we are at the vanguard of a new space industry that is defining the future of exploration and that we will ultimately make space accessible to more people and for more purposes than ever before. We realize that our undertaking is both audacious and incredibly ambitious. We know that achieving our mission will require highly unusual levels of tenacity and dedication. If you share our passion for this mission, we welcome you to explore the positions we have available.
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If you like to be constantly challenged, aren't intimidated by intelligent people or hard work, than Virgin Galactic is the place to work. Very cool start-up to work for. People are young and scrappy, and office is very modern. Anyone who tours the facility will be impressed. The company definitely works hard to make sure you like being here. I've learned a lot and am very proud to say I work here. Work is very challenging and exciting. There are many resources to learn from. A great place for a fresh grad. Lots of room for advancement and great company benefits. Side perk: working for Virgin Galactic and the Virgin brand under Sir Richard Branson is generally a great conversation topic when meeting new people.
The company is very design engineering focused and so if you aren't an rocket designer you can be made to feel like you're less important. But I remind myself (and others) that my group supports the business systems which supports the making of the rockets which generates the cash flow needed to accomplish our end goal. We’re Building Rockets that will launch the Small Satellite Revolution because "Space IS Virgin Territory!"
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Increased Communication are needed, there are several duplicate efforts that could be avoided. Continued education is important and would greatly benefit the company. Keep up the good work, we've got a lot to do!
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I applied online. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at Virgin Galactic.
I submitted an online application and was contacted by a member of their People Coordination team within a week. The process went backwards at times, but shows that there is great flexibility and creativity in the hiring process...that it is fluid and moves with the applicant. I had an initial phone screen with the hiring manager, and then the recruiter called the next day. I then interviewed over the phone with two additional members of the team. The hardest part was scheduling mutually agreed times for everyone and then doing my "homework" to understand my interviewer's background and role in the company. A week later, I was notified that I was selected for an in-person interview. The coordinator booked all travel and worked around my then-company work schedule. The in-person interviews were a bit hectic and shuffled around, but went well. After the interviews, I flew home and waited for a week before checking status with the recruiter. I was waiting for a member of the leadership team to have an opening in schedule, and with a 30 minute warning, then needed to interview with a senior member of the organization. After about 3-5 days, the recruiter called and confirmed selection and presented an offer. Tip- Always thank the interviewer for their time and follow-up with a personalized note, if possible.
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Virgin Galactic is comprised of hundreds of dedicated and passionate professionals — including rocket scientists, engineers, and designers from around the world — united in creating something new and lasting: the world’s first commercial spaceline. A spaceline for Earth. Our team brings decades of experience from organizations like NASA, traditional aerospace firms, and other ...
Mission: Tomorrow Will Be Better Than Today As the world’s first spaceline, we are by our very nature futuristic. Although we’re focused on getting SpaceShipTwo and LauncherOne into commercial service, those two projects are also a start towards even greater things. We believe that in the future, life on Earth will be made better by the exploration of space. Children inspired by meeting and relating to astronauts from their communities will grow up to start new businesses and found new companies.