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Virgin Galactic to reorganize before resuming tourist flights on SpaceShipTwo.

Published: 2023-01-13

Virgin Galactic continues to prepare for the resumption of flights of its suborbital spacecraft SpaceShipTwo. Against this backdrop, a reorganization was announced that would see Swami Iyer, head of the aerospace systems division, leave the company, but continue as an advisor until March 3.

“Following the completion of our mother ship modernization program, an streamlined leadership structure will help move the business forward as we prepare to conduct commercial space operations. Swami has been instrumental in developing our future production strategy and guiding the preparation of our ships for commercial flight, and we are incredibly grateful for his input,” said Virgin Galactic CEO Michael Colglazier.

Former US Air Force test pilot Swami Iyer joined Virgin Galactic in February 2021, having previously worked for several aerospace and defense companies. At Virgin Galactic, he oversaw the work of departments involved in the construction of new suborbital vehicles and carrier aircraft.

As part of the reorganization, Mike Moses, who has been with Virgin Galactic since 2011, will take over as president of space flight and safety. Former senior vice president of technical operations at Delta Airlines Mike Moore, who joined Virgin Galactic last year, will take on the role of vice president of technical operations at space facilities. Steve Justice, formerly of Lockheed Martin, moved to the position of Senior Vice President of Space Programs and Engineering.