Pratt & Whitney Canada and Virgin Galactic move into Scaled Composites

by | Jun 4, 2008 | Seradata News | 6 comments

Following on from the blogs and other internet reports from the National Space Society’s International Space Development Conference I have some more information on the work that is being undertaken by Virgin Galactic and Scaled Composites

Speaking to Virgin Galactic and Pratt & Whitney Canada this week I understand that PW&C engineers and Galactic personnel (some of which maybe Virgin Galactic engineers as it started employing its own technical people last year) are now located at Scaled Composites to help with the project. Pratt & Whitney Canada was awarded the engine contract for its PW308A model last year

White Knight II’s wing was fitted “weeks ago” according to Galactic’s president Will Whitehorn and P&WC’s PW308A engines have been tested prior to their fitting and have had various on-wing tests while they will be fired up next week – don’t know though if that was just one engine or multiple as WK2 uses four

The work done so far suggests they could have had internal power-on for WK2 some time ago

The P&WC engineers are helping with the installation of the engines and they will have a longer term involvement with Scaled beyond the ground and flight testing of WK2. For details on that longer term involvement you’ll have to wait for my story to appear on flightglobal.com

We now know that 28 July is the official roll out event for WK2 and I know that there could be a “live link” from the Scaled factory to Oshkosh, Wisconsin on the same day, with Sir Richard Branson and his Virgin Galactic team going to Oshkosh for the EAA AirVenture on the 29 July. At the Airventure there will be more Galactic promotion going on, I think

A press release has been sent out today by Scaled Composites saying that Burt Rutan is moving over to being chief technology officer and chairman emeritus. This release wasn’t on the Scaled website when I wrote this blog entry

About Seradata

Seradata produces the renowned Seradata database. Trusted by over 100 of the world’s leading Space organisations, Seradata is a fully queryable database used for market analysis, failure/risk assessment, spectrum analysis and space situational awareness (SSA).

For more information go to https://www.seradata.com/product/

Related Articles

Categories

Archives

Tags

nasaspacexecoreviewsissesaArianespacevideochinaFalcon 9v1.2FT Block 525virgin galacticULAfalcon 9RoscosmosevaspacewalkDGAaviation weekInternational Space StationaressoyuzIGTRocket LabBlue OriginBeidouawardsStarlinkspaceSatellite broadcastingAirbus DSrussiaboeingmoonOneWebCargo Return VehicleISROmarsblogresearchspaceshiptwojaxaorionmarsimpactdelayhyperbolaEutelsatdemocratrocketlunarhypertextobamagoogle lunar prizelaunchVegaSESthales alenia spacetourismbarack obamaconstellationfiguresnorthspaceflightIntelsatnode 2fundedRaymond Lygo2009Lockheed MartinExpress MD-2Elon MuskAtlas Vromess2dassault aviationaviationLucy2008wk2sstlukradiosuborbitaltestmissiledocking portexplorationAriane 5 ECAVirgin OrbitinternetLong March 2D/2sts-122ElectronSLSChina Manned Space EngineeringAriane 5Northrop Grummanmissile defensenewspapercotsgalileospace tourismflight2010Long March 4CspaceportExpress AMU 1buildspace stationaltairsoyuz 2-1aProton Minternational astronautical congressshuttlespace shuttlescaled compositesIntelsat 23European Space AgencyLauncherOneCosmosnew yorkrulesAriane 6hanleybudgetatvVietnamshenzhoucongressMojaveboldennew shepardLong March 2CInmarsatOrbital ATKcnesiaclunar landerGuiana Space CenterkscApollolawsUS Air ForceSpace Systems/LoralUK Space AgencyLong March 4BKuaizhou 1AILSdarpaprotonTalulah RileyElectron KSFalcon 9v1.2 Block 5Vega CNorth KoreaeuAstriumSkylonpicturebaseusaastronautdragonlanderfiveeventTelesatSSLAprilSNC50thinterviewLong MarchSea LaunchfalconWednesdaycustomerlinkatlantissuccessor

Stay Informed with Seradata

Stay informed on the latest news, insights, and more from Seradata by signing up for our newsletter.