Virgin Galactic is a spaceflight company within the Virgin Group. It is developing commercial spacecraft and aims to provide suborbital spaceflights to space tourists, suborbital launches for space science missions, and orbital launches of small satellites. Virgin Galactic plans to provide orbital human spaceflights as well. The company also hopes to develop an orbital launch vehicle (LauncherOne). SpaceShipTwo, Virgin Galactics suborbital spacecraft, is air launched from beneath a carrier airplane known as White Knight Two. Virgin Galactics founder, Sir Richard Branson, had initially suggested that he hoped to see a maiden flight by the end of 2009, but this date has been delayed on a number of occasions, most recently by the October 2014 in-flight loss of SpaceShipTwo VSS Enterprise. Virgin Galactic was founded in 2004 by British entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson, who had previously founded Virgin Atlantic airline and the Virgin Group, and who had a long personal history of balloon and surface record-breaking activities. As part of Bransons promotion of the firm, he has added a variation of the Virgin Galactic livery to his personal business jet, the Dassault Falcon 900EX "Galactic Girl" (G-GALX).
Highest paying job titles at Virgin Galactic include Avionics Engineer, Propulsion Engineer, and Plant Operations Manager