Virgin Galactic is looking for a few good pilots

It’s still a couple of years or so before SpaceShipTwo will be ready to fly, but Virgin Galactic’s pilots are busy, Flight International reports. Two of them are already flying SS2 in a simulator, while a third is working on the manual for the vehicle. Prospective pilots should note that Virgin may be hiring some day down the road: the company anticipates having 30 pilots flying up to 10 SS2 vehicles, with two pilots in the spacecraft and two in the White Knight 2 carrier aircraft (which implies that they won’t be flying all ten simultaneously.) One interesting item not widely reported previously: in addition to the five SS2 vehicles that Virgin Galactic ordered from The Spaceship Company (the Virgin-Scaled Composites joint venture), it has options for seven more.

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