Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Virgin Galactic Cherry-Picks Shuttle Manager

This just in from The Associated Press:

LAS CRUCES, N.M.—Virgin Galactic has hired a former NASA executive to oversee its Spaceport operations in southern New Mexico. Shuttle launch integration manager Michael Moses was appointed as vice president of operations.

Moses was responsible for all shuttle launch preparations at Kennedy Space Center from 2008 until the landing of the final shuttle mission in July 2011.

Moses also served as chair of the Mission Management Team -- the ultimate launch decision authority for the final 12 missions of the shuttle program.

Prior to his tour at KSC, Moses was a fight controller and flight director within the Mission Operations Directorate at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston.

Virgin Galactic, owned by Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Group and Aabar Investments PJS, is on track to be the world's first commercial spaceline. It hopes to launch its first flight within the next year.


Mike said...

Did Moses have to register at Brevard Workforce? I'm sure they would like to add him to tens of former KSC workers they've helped find a job.

It seems the only jobs created at Brevard Workforce are more staff for Brevard Workforce.

Mark Lopa said...

I really like this guy. He was great in press conferences and wore his heart on his sleeve...good guy. I wish he was staying at NASA.