A conceptual illustration of SpaceShipTwo feathered in space from a rear view.
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Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer Steve Isakowitz of Virgin Galactic stands next to SpaceShipTwo.
Photo courtesy of Virgin Galactic

TECH | 2/08/2013 @ 12:02AM

Steve Isakowitz on the Spaceport America Lease, SpaceShipTwo Testing and Safety Lessons Learned from Boeing

On Jan. 28, The Associated Press broke a story about a Jan. 16 email to NMSA Executive Director Christine Anderson from Jonathan Firth, Virgin Galactic’s Director of Operations and Projects. This fueled speculation in the press on Virgin Galactic’s future plans regarding their lease agreement with Spaceport America. I turned to Steve Isakowitz, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at Virgin Galactic for an updated statement on the lease matter. Mr. Isakowitz provided me with a comprehensive status update via email on the current status of the lease agreement, current SpaceShipTwo testing operations, Virgin Galactic’s STEM education efforts and the safety lessons learned from the Boeing 787′s lithium-ion battery problems.

Read more: Steve Isakowitz on the Spaceport America Lease, SpaceShipTwo Testing and Safety Lessons Learned from Boeing – Forbes.

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