Spaceship Co. names Virgin Galactic aerostructure suppliers

Applied Aerospace Structures Corp., GFMI Aerospace & Defense and Triumph Aerospace Systems — Wichita have been qualified as primary aerostructure suppliers to The Spaceship Co. for composite components of the WhiteKnightTwo and SpaceShipTwo space tourism vehicles.

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The Spaceship Co. (TSC, Mohave, Calif., USA), the aerospace production joint venture of Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic and Scaled Composites, reported on March 5 that it has qualified three primary aerostructure suppliers. Each approved company is now officially qualified to fabricate structural composite components for the WhiteKnightTwo and SpaceShipTwo space tourism vehicles.

TSC’s qualified primary aerospace structure suppliers include:

  • Applied Aerospace Structures Corp. (AASC, 
Stockton, Calif., USA)
  • GFMI Aerospace & Defense
Fountain Valley, Calif., USA)
  • Triumph Aerospace Systems – Wichita (Wichita, Kan., USA)

This designation has been awarded to these three companies in recognition of their demonstrated ability to meet or exceed the requirements of TSC Qualification Process TSCP-740. This process determines a supplier’s commitment to fabrication excellence and quality through a facilities survey, examination of each company’s quality management system and a thorough evaluation of representative structure fabricated by their teams.

“Our goal is to produce the highest quality and safest commercial spaceflight systems and these well-qualified suppliers will help us achieve that goal,” said Enrico Palermo, vice president of operations for TSC.

TSC’s director of Supply Chain, Bob Marks, says that a request for quote package for the first outsourced structures is currently being prepared for release. “On behalf of everyone here at The Spaceship Company, I personally welcome AASC, GFMI Aerospace and Defense and Triumph Aerospace systems to TSC and look forward to working together to bring access to space within everyone’s reach,” says Marks.