Purdue Alumnus joins Virgin Galactic as the Vice President of Operations

Michael Moses
Mike Moses joined Virgin Galactic as the Vice President of Operations on October 1 2011, where he will be developing and leading the team to begin suborbital passenger spaceflights from Spaceport America, NM.

Michael P. Moses received a B.S. in physics from Purdue University in 1989. He then went on to earn an M.S. in space sciences from the Florida Institute of Technology (1991) and an M.S. in aerospace engineering from Purdue (1995).

Moses began his career at the Johnson Space Center in 1995 as a Space Shuttle flight controller in the propulsion systems group, eventually serving as the lead of that group as well as the lead of the electrical systems group.  In 2005 Mr. Moses was selected as Flight Director and worked Shuttle missions for three years, serving as the Shuttle Lead Flight Director for the STS-123/1JA mission in February of 2008.

In August 2008, he served at the NASA Kennedy Space Center in Florida as the Launch Integration Manager until the landing of the final Shuttle mission in July 2011. He was responsible for supervising all Space Shuttle processing activities from landing through launch, and for reviewing major milestones including final readiness for flight.

He also served as chair of the Mission Management Team and provided ultimate launch decision authority for the final 12 missions of the Space Shuttle Program, directly overseeing the safe and successful flights of 75 astronauts.

Moses will develop and lead the team responsible for Virgin Galactic spaceship operations and logistics, flight crew operations, customer training, and spaceport ground operations, with overall operational safety and risk management as the primary focus.

He is a two-time recipient of the NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal as well as other NASA commendations and awards. Most recently, Moses was the recipient of the Outstanding Aerospace Engineers Award from the School of Aeronautics and Astronautics which was presented at a ceremony on October 21, 2011.