Virgin Galactic Career Fair Attracts 1,300 Participants

SpaceShipTwo and WhiteKnightTwo on display during the Virgin Galactic career fair at TSC’s FAITH hangar in Mojave, Calif. (Credit: Virgin Galactic)
SpaceShipTwo and WhiteKnightTwo on display during the Virgin Galactic career fair at TSC’s FAITH hangar in Mojave, Calif. (Credit: Virgin Galactic)

MOJAVE, Calif. (VG PR) – Virgin Galactic, the world’s first commercial spaceline and flagship of Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group, along with its sister space vehicle manufacturing organization, The Spaceship Company, recently hosted a career fair in Mojave, Calif., and online to bring new talent to their best-in-class teams.

The event drew 615 in-person attendees from across the U.S. – some traveling as many as 2,400 miles seeking out-of-this-world career opportunities. Additionally, approximately 700 participants from 57 countries joined the virtual fair via Google+ Hangout, where they were able to pose questions and receive valuable feedback from top executives, technicians, engineers and pilots.

Virgin Galactic CEO George Whitesides speaks with current and prospective employees during Virgin Galactic’s recent career fair at Mojave Air and Spaceport in California. (Credit: Virgin Galactic)
Virgin Galactic CEO George Whitesides speaks with current and prospective employees during Virgin Galactic’s recent career fair at Mojave Air and Spaceport in California. (Credit: Virgin Galactic)

Virgin Galactic and The Spaceship Company are looking to fill more than 100 positions in numerous departments. For more information, visit http://www.virgingalactic.com/careers/ and http://www.thespaceshipcompany.com/careers.

About Virgin Galactic

Virgin Galactic, owned by Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group and aabar Investments PJS, is on track to be the world’s first commercial spaceline. To date, the company has accepted nearly $80 million in deposits from approximately 630 individuals, which is approximately 10% more than the total number of people who have ever gone to space. The new spaceship (SpaceShipTwo, VSS Enterprise) and carrier craft (WhiteKnightTwo, VMS Eve) have both been developed for Virgin Galactic’s vehicle fleet by Mojave-based Scaled Composites. Founded by Burt Rutan, Scaled developed SpaceShipOne, which in 2004 claimed the $10 million Ansari X Prize as the world’s first privately developed manned spacecraft. Virgin Galactic’s new vehicles, which will be manufactured by The Spaceship Company in Mojave, Calif., share much of the same basic design, but are being built to carry six customers, or the equivalent scientific research payload, on suborbital space flights. The vehicles will allow an out-of-the-seat, zero-gravity experience with astounding views of the planet from the black sky of space for tourist astronauts and a unique microgravity platform for researchers. The VSS Enterprise and VMS Eve test flight program is well under way, leading to Virgin Galactic commercial operations, which will be based at Spaceport America in New Mexico.

About The Spaceship Company

Headquartered at Mojave Air and Space Port, The Spaceship Company is the aerospace production company, founded by Virgin Galactic and Scaled Composites, which is building the world’s first fleet of commercial spaceships (SpaceShipTwos) and carrier aircraft (WhiteKnightTwos) intended to make regular, commercial, manned space travel a reality. TSC’s operations now stretch over 150,000 square feet in three separate facilities and its team has grown to over 145 individuals.