2021 Maurice Hillman Essay Contest - April 2021

Archive: Science Update: Virgin Galactic’s Space Flight System, April 8, 2021

Virgin Galactic is in the business of making astronauts with a mission to open up space to change the world for good. How do they do it? With a six seater, two stage, air-launched, rocket-powered spaceplane. Virgin Galactic's Space Flight System consists of a spaceship, SpaceShipTwo, and a carrier mothership, WhiteKnightTwo. Each of these expertly piloted vehicles have their own clever design features that minimize complexity and weight while maximizing safety and performance.

Also in this Science Update, catch a glimpse of the customer experience of becoming a commercial astronaut with Virgin Galactic.

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Below are comments from individuals who attended the seminar:

  • "Fascinating information about VG. The pictures of the Mothership Eve and VSS Imagine and learning about all the different stages of the composite."
  • "The enthusiasm of the speakers and the videos...say it all."
  • "This was good and a lot of fun. One of the perks of being an educator - always a good excuse to learn more."

A certificate of attendance was deposited into participants' account page for completing the evaluation form at the end of the program.

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