With the first powered flight of its SpaceShipTwo suborbital reusable human spacecraft out of the way, Virgin Galactic has named two pilots – one of them an experienced NASA astronaut – for its planned commercial operations. Frederick (C.J.) Sturckow and Michael (Sooch) Masucci will report to Chief Pilot David Mackay at Virgin’s facility in Mojave, Calif., where the hybrid-fueled spaceplane is undergoing flight test. Sturckow, a retired Marine colonel, flew on four space shuttle ...
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