So you want to be an astronaut? Virgin Galactic is looking for pilots with the “right stuff”! In a news release on the Virgin Galactic website, the company states they are accepting qualified applications for pilot-astronaut positions.
“Pilot-astronaut responsibilities include the WhiteKnightTwo and SpaceShipTwo spaceflight system test program in accordance with government regulations and company policies in Mojave, CA and Virgin Galactic’s commercial operations at Spaceport America in New Mexico.”
Applicants should be “full course graduates of a recognized test pilot school” and “broadly experienced with both high-performance fast-jet type airplanes and large multi-engine types.” And yes, previous space experience is a plus…
To read more about the positions, visit the Virgin Galactic website at http://www.virgingalactic.com/news/item/so-you-think-you-can-fly/