Virgin Galactic Making Moves For Future Industry
January 4, 2012

Virgin Galactic Making Moves For Future Industry

Virgin Galactic is becoming more active in the commercial space industry by moving staffers to its New Mexico spaceport location.

Virgin Galactic CEO George Whitesides said on Friday that a handful of employees have either moved to Las Cruces or are en route as part of the initial team to be based in the city.

"It's still a relatively low number, but I think we're going to see a big ramp up as we approach commercial operations," he told Diana Alba Soular from the Las Cruces Sun-News. "We're looking at different scenarios, but obviously we'll be hiring a whole bunch of people locally and nationally."

The Las Cruces Sun-News reported that Virgin Galactic has advertised some new jobs and the company announced its leasing office space in the city.

"New Mexico Space Grant Consortium director Pat Hynes says the relocation of Virgin Galactic staff to Las Cruces is significant because it means Virgin Galactic head Richard Branson is following through on his commitment to base operations from New Mexico," the report said.

Pat Hynes, director of the New Mexico Space Grant Consortium, said the relocation of the Virgin Galactic staff is significant because it means the company is following through on its commitment to operations in New Mexico.

"We have some really skilled people - very dedicated to this (spaceport) - coming here," she told the newspaper. "And Richard Branson is not making money yet. He's still spending money."

Virgin Galactic's Spaceport America is about 50 miles north of Las Cruces in southeastern Sierra County.


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