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The Spaceship Company Overview

Mojave, CA
501 to 1000 employees
2005
Company - Private
Aerospace & Defense
Unknown / Non-Applicable
The Spaceship Company (TSC) is Virgin Galactic’s wholly owned space-system manufacturing organization. Headquartered at Mojave Air and Space Port in Mojave, California, it is building and testing a fleet of WhiteKnightTwo carrier aircraft and SpaceShipTwo reusable ... Read more

Mission: Together we open space to change the world for good.

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    Who We Are - The Spaceship Company

    The Spaceship Company (TSC) is Virgin Galactic's aerospace-system manufacturing organization. Headquartered in Mojave Air and Space Port in Mojave, California, it is building and testing a fleet of WhiteKnightTwo carrier aircraft and SpaceShipTwo reusable spaceships that, together, form Virgin Galactic's human spaceflight system. We are proud to share the Virgin Group heritage and value our...

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The Spaceship Company – Why Work For Us?


History
In 2005 at EAA Airventure Oshkosh, Sir Richard Branson and Burt Rutan announced their signing of an agreement to form The Spaceship Company – a new aerospace production company to build a fleet of commercial sub-orbital spaceships and carrier aircraft.

Since then we’ve been rather busy. With Virgin Galactic, we engaged Scaled Composites to develop a new and innovative spaceflight system to Virgin Galactic’s specifications. We then focused on building our team, operations, supply chain and capabilities at Mojave Air & Space Port. We are now well into manufacturing the second SpaceShipTwo and second WhiteKnightTwo. TSC’s operations now stretch over 130,000 square feet in three separate facilities and our team has grown to over 145 individuals – and we’re looking for more talented people to join this historic journey.

In October 2012, Virgin Galactic announced that it had acquired full ownership of The Spaceship Company. This acquisition marked the successful completion of a long-term strategy and signifies the end of the first phase of TSC’s development.

Vision
TSC plans to make access to space safe, reliable and affordable. TSC is dedicated to that goal by building the first fleet of spaceflight systems developed for routine, scheduled flight operations that exceed our customers’ requirements.

 

"We all have a shared interest, it's about being a part of a legacy."

Enrico Palermo

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Mojave

We call Mojave Air & Space Port (Mojave, California) our home – an aerospace jewel and renowned hub for research and innovation in the emerging commercial space industry. It’s arguably the most conducive environment in the world for building and flying envelope-expanding machines. Sonic booms are frequent, unidentifiable aircraft are commonplace, and the occasional howl of rocket motors rattles the dust off the Joshua trees. Between Edwards AFB and Mojave Air & Space Port, the airspace above is rich with “firsts” in experimental flight. The X-1, X-15, Voyager, Virgin Global Flyer, SpaceShipOne, and countless others, took to the skies over our little edge of the desert.

A lot of people think Mojave is the Middle of Nowhere, but it’s actually the Center of Everywhere!  The “outside world” is way more accessible to Mojave than most people think.  In just 90 minutes by car, you can surf (or fish!) the beautiful Pacific Ocean, shop on Beverly Hills’ famous Rodeo Drive or go to an NBA or NHL game at the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles.  Just 1 hour from Mojave, we have whitewater rafting on the Kern River, jet skiing in Lake Isabella and snowboarding in the San Gabriel Mountains.  And if you love the outdoors, we have amazing rock-hopping, off-roading, hiking and photography opportunities aplenty literally on our doorstep!  We are right near the foot of California’s beautiful Sierra Nevada mountain range and for the more adventurous, gambling in Las Vegas or exploring Death Valley National Park are both just a little more than 3 hours away.

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Building 79:
Building 79 is TSC’s first Mojave foothold and the world’s only reusable commercial spaceship fabrication and subassembly hangar. This facility houses TSC’s 45’ x 45’ ISO-class 9 clean room and 45’ x 25’ x 12’ curing oven, with an additional 40,000 sq ft of machining, fabrication, and subassembly floor space. Building 79 is also home to the many supporting functions that building spaceships demands, such as administration, supply chain, and engineering.

FAITH:
TSC’s Final Assembly, Integration, and Test Flight Hangar (endearingly dubbed FAITH) boasts 68,000 sq ft of operations and assembly space. The 58,000 sq ft purpose-built, clear-span shop floor affords plenty of room to assemble and test our fleet of WK2s, SS2s and other future products. Upon completion, our vehicles will roll out through FAITH’s 230 ft wide doorways to embark on a series of rigorous test flights.

Want to work for us?

TSC is proud of the passionate and visionary team members that have joined us so far. We have a tremendously exciting product in a groundbreaking new industry – and we’re growing!

Business Administration Careers

It takes a lot more than engineers and technicians to build spaceships. Someone has to pay the bills, change the light bulbs, market the company and fix the computers – and no, engineers cannot do it all! At TSC, we have all types of folks, who bring very unique and different talents. We are IT mavens, human resources authorities, accounting/finance whizzes, administrative professionals and many other kinds of people – we have lawyers, facilities experts, compliance specialists, marketing geniuses and safety pros. To sum it up, we are a clever group of guys and gals who really enjoy what we do! And who love to share and collaborate with one another!! And yes, we truly believe in leaving our egos at the door.

Engineering Careers

Do you like swoopy designs, things that go fast, and exploring new ideas? So do we. TSC has launched as the first manufacturer of manned commercial spaceflight vehicles. In the past, our people have designed things such as ion thrusters, composite airframes, and formula one race cars just to name a few – now we are firing up to take on the next frontier. The TSC Engineering team is looking for hands-on engineers to help us build the sleekest and safest spaceships off the planet.

Production Careers

This is the group that makes a living building spaceships. We’ve teamed up with technicians who’ve applied their artistry to just about everything, including custom hotrods, grain elevators, surfboards, homebuilt airplanes, and rockets. Now they’re crafting the coolest thing off the planet. If getting your hands dirty and working with an awesome crew of people is your thing, working at TSC probably is too.

Quality & Supply Chain Careers

We are the teams who put the “ace” in space. We supply our engineers and technicians with the best quality materials. The method to our madness is simple: “By doing it right, doing it consistently, and by doing it better” we will provide our customers with high quality space vehicles.


TSC LLC is an Equal Opportunity Employer; employment with TSC LLC is governed on the basis of merit, competence and qualifications and will not be influenced in any manner by race, color, religion, gender, national origin/ethnicity, veteran status, disability status, age, sexual orientation, marital status, mental or physical disability or any other legally protected status.

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    Pros

    We are working on technology that will literally change the world. It is nice to come to work, and know that you are contributing to the future of human spaceflight. The culture here is unlike any other aerospace company. Everyone's contribution is valued, and there are tons of opportunities to grow. We are rapidly expanding, and people are encouraged to think beyond their current role. Senior leadership really cares about the staff. It is a very flat organization that makes decisions quickly. We don't get mired in PowerPoint, which is a welcome change.

    Cons

    Living in the high desert can be an adjustment. Being so close to Los Angeles and places like Yosemite and Las Vegas make it a nice central location. If you need to be near a mall, the Antelope Valley is not far. If you like mountain living, cooler temps, and lower taxes, the Tehachapi area is great.

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The Spaceship Company Photos

The Spaceship Company photo of: VSS Unity Feather Configuration - May 2017
The Spaceship Company photo of: VSS Unity Test Flight - May 2017
The Spaceship Company photo of: WW2 & VSS Unity Test Flight - May 2017
The Spaceship Company photo of: VSS Unity's First Glide Flight 12/3/16
The Spaceship Company photo of: Richard Branson alongside Chief Pilot - Dave Mackay, and Lead Test Pilot - Mark Stucky, and CEO - George Whitesides after the completion of the first successful glide flight
The Spaceship Company photo of: VSS Unity's First Glide Flight 12/3/16
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The Spaceship Company Interviews

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    Application

    I applied online. The process took 6 weeks. I interviewed at The Spaceship Company (Mojave, CA) in June 2018.

    Interview

    After viewing the first rocket powered flight of SpaceShipTwo in April '18 I applied online including a very complementary cover letter expressing how impressed I was with the flight and how much I felt my experience could apply to their continuing efforts. Some days later I received an email requesting me to participate in a Spark Hire one-way video interview. This was a most interesting experience! I felt a bit awkward at first speaking to my webcam, but it got easier. Next I received a request to complete an avionics quiz. I was sent a file with 8 questions to answer within 8 hours of receipt of the email. After successful completion of the quiz (which took nearly 8 hrs) I was given an invite for the on-site interview. The on-site was organized as 3 groups of 2 interviewers each for 1 hr with each group. Then a tour of the facility! During the tour questions were asked of me as to my familiarity with some avionics design aspects of the vehicles. Last was a meeting with an HR representative. The entire interview was approximately 5 hrs. Within days of the on-site I was given an offer! The entire process was interesting and challenging! The entire process was also very professionally handled by all TSC personnel.

    Interview Questions

    • What is my experience with aircraft avionics?   1 Answer
    • What is my experience with electronics design in the areas of sensors, signal conditioning, data acquisition, FPGAs, microcontrollers, and display devices.   1 Answer
    • What is my experience with PCB layout?   1 Answer
    • A block diagram of a system was drawn on the whiteboard and 4 scenarios were described in which an aspect of the system was exhibiting an anomaly. I was asked to describe the likely cause of each anomaly.   1 Answer
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