Virgin Galactic flight check director Mark Stucky leaves firm

Mark “Forger” Stucky, after piloting the corporate’s first profitable spaceflight on December 13, 2018.

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Mark “Forger” Stucky, Virgin Galactic’s flight check director and pilot, is not with the house tourism firm.

“I’m now a former Director of Flight Check and former SpaceShipTwo pilot,” Stucky wrote in a submit on LinkedIn.

He added in a touch upon LinkedIn that he didn’t depart the house tourism firm “alone timeline.”

Virgin Galactic confirmed to CNBC that Stucky “is not employed,” however didn’t clarify additional.

“We thank him for his 12 years of service on the flight check program,” a Virgin Galactic spokesperson stated in an announcement.

Stucky helped develop Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo system, serving first because the engineering check pilot for Scaled Composites — which constructed the spacecraft for Virgin Galactic — earlier than spending the final six years as Virgin Galactic’s lead check pilot and director of flight testing.

Virgin Galactic’s First Spaceflight on Dec. 13, 2018

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He piloted Virgin Galactic’s first check flight that reached house, launched Dec. 13, 2018. The Federal Aviation Administration awarded Stucky – the 568th individual to fly to house – the “Business Astronaut Wings,” an honor the U.S. has given to those that cross the 80-kilometer boundary that the federal government acknowledges as house.

Along with main Virgin Galactic’s first spaceflight check, Stucky as additionally the pilot commanding the primary glide flight and first rocket-powered flight of SpaceShipTwo spacecraft VSS Unity.

Stucky has flown greater than 170 various kinds of plane all through his profession, which additionally included the U.S. Marines, NASA and the U.S. Air Pressure.

Virgin Galactic has seven pilots on employees to fly VSS Unity and the service plane VMS Eve. The corporate most lately added two pilots to that corps in October 2020, when it employed Royal Canadian Air Pressure pilot Jameel Janjua and U.S Marine Corps pilot Patrick Moran.

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