Bill Nye, CEO of The Planetary Society, popped in to visit Virgin Galactic and The Spaceship Company recently at the Final Assembly, Integration and Test Hanger (or FAITH) in Mojave.
The Science Guy was there to see VMS Eve and VSS Unity as they prepped for VSS Unity’s recent rocket-powered flight, check out the progress on the next spaceships and take a flight in the simulator with pilot Nicola Pecile. He also shared some inspiring words with the Virgin Galactic and The Spaceship Company teams.
Bill had been to FAITH previously, six years ago when Unity was just an upper cabin half. This time President of Virgin Galactic, Mike Moses, gave him an overview of both VMS Eve and VSS Unity as they were being mated in preparation for the flight test where VSS Unity completed her second successful, supersonic, rocket-powered flight.
The Spaceship Company’s President, Enrico Palermo, showed Bill the progress of the next two spaceships – and he even got the chance to jump into the cabin to check out the view from the cockpit.
The Planetary Society’s mission is all about getting people engaged in space exploration and Bill shared his excitement about Virgin Galactic and The Spaceship Company’s work with the teams. “Every astronaut who goes in space is changed,” he said. “Everybody who flies in space see the Earth in a new way and comes to appreciate our home in a way that I guess the rest of us only imagine looking at pictures. So you all are, to me, part of this extraordinary, this vision where we would engage more and more of the Earth’s citizens in this extraordinary experience of seeing the Earth from above our atmosphere.”
Bill’s final message to the team was simple: “Spaceflight rules!”