Virgin Galactic Hires Former NASA Exec

Las Cruces, NM –

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (KRWG) Virgin Galactic has hired a former NASA executive to oversee its Spaceport operations in southern New Mexico.

The company Tuesday announced it has appointed Michael Moses as its vice president of operations.

Moses comes from NASA's recently retired space Shuttle program, where he served at the NASA Kennedy Space Center in Florida as the launch integration manager from 2008 until the landing of the final Shuttle mission in July 2011. Moses also served as chair of the Mission Management Team, giving ultimate launch decision authority for the final 12 missions of the Space Shuttle Program.

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. t

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