Alumna Moses receives Commercial Astronaut Wings from FAA

Beth Moses became the first woman to fly to space on a commercial spaceship when Virgin Galactic's February 22nd test flight saw the three-person crew rocket into space at more than three times the speed of sound.
Beth Moses, and the other two members of Virgin Galactic's crew, received Commercial Astronaut Wings from the Federal Aviation Administration April 9 during the Space Foundation's Space Symposium. Moses was presented the wings by the FAA's Associate Administrator for the Office of Commercial Space Transportation Wayne R. Monteith. (Credit: Virgin Galactic)

AAE alumna Beth Moses became the first woman to receive Commercial Astronaut Wings from the Federal Aviation Administration. She was presented with the Wings at the 35th National Space Symposium.

Moses and the other two crew members on Virgin Galactic's Feb. 22 flight on VSS Unity reached space to qualify for the FAA's Wings. Chief pilot Dave Mackay and lead pilot trainer Mike "Sooch" Masucci also earned Wings. Moses is the chief astronaut instructor for Galactic. The crew became the fifth, sixth and seventh people in history to receive the FAA's honor. 

"It was an honor to receive my Commercial Astronaut Wings," Moses said in a Virgin Galactic statement. "Since the flight, we have been assessing the findings from my cabin evaluations. I'm excited by what the results are showing and looking forward to incorporating what we learned into our cabin outfitting and astronaut training program."

Richard Branson said in a statement that it was "wonderful to have Beth float free to conduct our first live cabin evaluation."

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Publish date: April 9, 2019