Virgin Galactic, The Spaceship Co. seek suppliers for commercial spacecraft

Virgin Galactic and The Spaceship Co. will host an invitation-only Industry Day on Oct. 18 at Spaceport America in New Mexico to educate potential suppliers about goods and services needed by both companies.

Virgin Galactic LLC (Spaceport America, N.M., USA) the world’s first commercial spaceline, and sister aerospace production company, The Spaceship Co. (TSC, Mojave, Calif., USA), in cooperation with the New Mexico Spaceport Authority, on Sept. 7 announced that they will host their first-ever Industry Day on Oct. 18, 2011, at Spaceport America near Las Cruces, N.M.

The inaugural event marks a major milestone in the advent of commercial space travel. While the event is designed to educate potential suppliers on what sorts of goods and services will be needed by both companies, the underlying message is that widespread, commercial space travel will soon be a reality.

Suppliers can learn more during the full-day event, which will feature a chance to see the composites-intensive WhiteKnightTwo and SpaceShipTwo up close in their new home, as well as presentations by Virgin Galactic president and CEO George Whitesides, New Mexico Department of Economic Development Cabinet Secretary Jon Barela and New Mexico Spaceport Authority Executive Director Christine Anderson.

The Industry Day takes place from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (MDT) and is by invitation only. Interested suppliers should complete a registration form to express their desire to attend the event and become a Virgin Galactic and/or TSC supplier. A selection process will follow to determine the final guest list. Invitations will be e-mailed.