SIR Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic will take to space on Sunday, July 11, 2021.
But who will join him in this exciting mission? Here’s what we know about the Unity 22 crew.
Who’s on the Virgin Galactic crew?
Virgin Galactic, Sir Richard’s space tourism company, announced space travel on July 1, 2021.
The British mogul plans to beat Jeff Bezos, who will also be heading to space on July 20 aboard Blue Origin’s New Shepherd spacecraft.
The flight will be Virgin Galactic’s fourth test space flight and its first mission with a crew of four on board.
Sir Richard Branson is the founder of Virgin Galactic.
It will assess the customer’s space flight experience.
He will also undergo the same training, preparation and flight as future Virgin Galactic astronauts.
Beth Moses is the Chief Astronaut Instructor for Virgin Galactic.
She will be responsible for the space cabin and director of tests.
Moses of Northbrook, Illinois, received a BA and MA in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering from the Purdue University School of Aeronautics and Astronautics.
She became the first woman to perform a space flight on a commercially launched vehicle in February 2019.
Colin Bennett is the Senior Operations Engineer.
He will assess cabin procedures during boost and weightlessness.
According to his LinkeDln profile, he obtained a Masters in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Liverpool.
Sirisha Bandla is Vice President of Government Affairs and Research Operations at Virgin Galactic.
It will test the researcher’s experience using a University of Florida experiment that requires several portable attachment tubes that will be activated at various points in the flight profile.
After the announcement of the space trip, she tweeted: “I am incredibly honored to be a part of the amazing crew of # Unity22 and to be part of a company whose mission is to make space accessible to people. all.”
The pilot of the craft has more than 40 years of experience as a pilot and he has accumulated more than 14,000 hours of piloting in more than 140 types of aircraft.
Mackay studied aeronautical engineering at the University of Glasgow.
He is the first Scotsman of origin to visit space.
Michael Masucci will fly the plane alongside Mackey.
The two flew into space with VSS Unity in 2019.
Masucci has more than 9000 hours in 70 different planes.