Dream Job Posting: Spaceship Pilots Wanted

Article Updated: 26 Apr , 2016
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Some might do a double take at this job posting, but it is legit. Virgin Galactic announced today they are looking for pilot-astronauts and are now accepting applications…from qualified candidates. High scores on Aces of the Galaxy or Space Flight Simulator probably doesn’t meet the criteria, so just what does constitute Virgin Galactic’s idea of qualified?

Virgin’s press release says qualified candidates are full course graduates of a recognized test pilot school who are broadly experienced with both high-performance fast-jet type airplanes and large multi-engine types. Prior spaceflight experience is desirable. You’ll also have to be able to create a safe and enjoyable commercial suborbital space flight experience for your passengers.

Those selected will have the responsibilities of knowing the WhiteKnightTwo and SpaceShipTwo spaceflight system test program in and out (and in accordance with government regulations and company policies in Mojave, California where test flights take place and Virgin Galactic’s commercial operations at Spaceport America in New Mexico.)

For more information and to apply click here

Source: Virgin Galactic

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3 Responses

  1. Aqua says:

    Cool job! I saw no mention of the compensation offered. Does the pilot have to pay Virgin? ~@; )

  2. Dav_Daddy says:

    I’d still do it if I had to pay!

  3. padawan says:

    With NASA collapsing under the weight of it’s own government, it seems to me that this is where the future is— Space X, Virgin Galactic, Bigelow Aerospace. I realize they have to worry about funding, but at least Congress can’t up and decide to cut ’em off completely!

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