Co-pilot who died in Virgin Galactic crash hailed as 'renaissance man' This article is more than 5 years old Michael Alsbury, 39, was described as a … With shiny new badges, Virgin Galactic pilots join elite group of commercial astronauts Only four have received the designation By Loren Grush @lorengrush Feb 8, 2019, 10:29am EST A pilot was killed and another injured as Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo space tourism craft crashed in the California desert. Investigators looking into the Virgin Galactic accident set up a "human performance" team to help them understand the actions of the pilots.

Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo is a spacecraft designed to launch two pilots and six paying passengers on suborbital rides into space for a cost … Kelly Latimer, 54, is a test pilot for Virgin Galactic and Virgin Orbit - two commercial space companies owned by British billionaire Richard Branson.

Virgin Galactic reached suborbital space for the first time in a test flight Thursday, bringing Richard Branson’s company closer to flying its customers beyond Earth’s atmosphere. Virgin Galactic pilots are constantly performing test flights with their unique aircraft that the candidates would be involved in flying.