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Galactic 03

SpaceShipTwo

Virgin Galactic

Launch Status
Success

Crew


Nicola Pecile

Nicola Pecile

  • Birthday: 03/11/1973
  • Role: Commander
  • Nationality: Italian
  • First Flight: 04/26/2023
  • Last Flight: 09/08/2023

Former fighter pilot and experimental test pilot for the Italian Air Force, now pilot at Virgin Galactic.

Michael Masucci

Michael Masucci

  • Role: Pilot
  • Nationality: American
  • First Flight: 12/11/2013
  • Last Flight: 11/02/2023

Mike “Sooch” Masucci was a former U.S. Air Force lieutenant colonel and U2 test pilot.

Colin Bennett

Colin Bennett

  • Role: Instructor
  • Nationality: Scottish-American
  • First Flight: 07/11/2021
  • Last Flight: 11/02/2023

Colin Bennett is an American engineer who worked at Virgin Atlantic Airways before joining Virgin Galactic in 2015 where he now acts as Lead Astronaut Instructor.

Adrian Reynard

Adrian Reynard

  • Birthday: 03/23/1951
  • Role: Passenger
  • Nationality: United Kingdom
  • First Flight: 09/08/2023
  • Last Flight: 09/08/2023

Adrian John Reynard is the founder of Reynard Motorsport, which was a successful racing car manufacturer before it went bankrupt in 2002.

Ken Baxter

Ken Baxter

  • Birthday: 05/15/1949
  • Role: Passenger
  • Nationality: USA
  • First Flight: 09/08/2023
  • Last Flight: 09/08/2023

Ken “Rocket Man” Baxter (born May 15, 1949) is a real estate investor who purchased the first ticket sold to a civilian to be a passenger on Virgin Galactic in 2004.

Timothy Nash

Timothy Nash

  • Role: Passenger
  • Nationality: United Kingdom
  • First Flight: 09/08/2023
  • Last Flight: 09/08/2023

Passenger on Virgin Galactic 03 launch

Mission


Galactic 03

  • Type: Tourism
  • Orbit: Suborbital

Third commercial Virgin Galactic mission.

Galactic 03

Location


Spaceport America

Air launch to Suborbital flight

Spaceport America has witnessed the launch of 12 rockets, including 0 orbital launch attempts, while Air launch to Suborbital flight, has been the site for 84 rocket launches.

Spaceport America

Rocket


Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo

The Scaled Composites Model 339 SpaceShipTwo (SS2) is an air-launched suborbital spaceplane type designed for space tourism. It is manufactured by The Spaceship Company, a California-based company owned by Virgin Galactic.

SpaceShipTwo

Agency


Virgin Galactic

Virgin Galactic is an American spaceflight company within the Virgin Group. It is developing commercial spacecraft and aims to provide suborbital spaceflights to space tourists. Virgin Galactic’s suborbital spacecraft are air launched from beneath a carrier airplane known as White Knight Two.

Virgin Galactic
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