Virgin Galactic, Spaceship Co. hiring for key positions

Commercial spacecraft developers and manufacturers Virgin Galactic and The Spaceship Co. are hiring operations engineers, design engineers, IT managers, aircraft mechanical systems engineers, composite stress analyst engineers and others in the coming months.

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Officials with Virgin Galactic (Mojave, Calif., USA) and The Spaceship Co. (Pasadena, Calif., USA) on April 30 announced that both companies are seeking to fill a combined 18 key positions with qualified engineers, systems designers and more.

Virgin Galactic is currently accepting applications for the following six positions: operations engineer, seat mechanism designer, design engineer, IT manager, regulatory compliance manager and embedded systems software developer. In addition, the company’s space systems development division seeks a mechanical designer, mechanical lead, guidance/navigation/control (GNC) lead and chief engineer.

The majority of these positions are based in Pasadena and Mojave, Calif. A few others are located in Las Cruces, N.M., at Spaceport America, Virgin Galactic’s future headquarters.

The Spaceship Co., which is building the world’s first fleet of commercial spaceships and carrier aircraft for Virgin Galactic, has eight open positions at its Mojave, Calif., location. These include: aircraft mechanical systems engineer, senior integration engineer/WhiteKnightTwo, engineering manager/aircraft systems, composite stress analyst engineer, pneumatic and hydraulic engineer, structural test engineer, structural design engineer and computer numerical control machine operator and programmer.

“Through both companies, we offer people to be a part of something that has never been done before – building and operating the world’s first commercial spaceline,” says George Whitesides, president and CEO of Virgin Galactic and The Spaceship Co. “This requires passionate people with inventive minds dedicated to opening space up to all. We look forward to offering qualified professionals the opportunity to join us on the ground floor as we carry out this bold and exciting mission.”

Interested applicants should visit the careers section of both companies’ websites – Virgin Galactic careers and The Spaceship Co. careers – to learn more and submit applications.