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Beth Moses: The First Woman To Gain Her Commercial Astronaut Wings

Commercial Astronauts Get Their Wings
Commercial Astronaut's Winged and Ready: Chief Pilot, Dave Mackay, Pilot, Mike 'Sooch' Masucci and Chief Astronaut Instructor Beth Moses

Last week the three person crew from Virgin Galactic’s second spaceflight received their Commercial Astronaut Wings from the Federal Aviation Administration. They included Chief Pilot David Mackay, Lead Pilot Trainer Mike ‘Sooch’ Masucci and Chief Astronaut Instructor Beth Moses. Beth Moses is now the first woman to have gained her Commercial Wings.

The Commercial Wings were presented by FAA’s Administrator for the Office of Commercial Space Transportation, Wayne. R Monteith. And Monteith was ebullient about the future of commercial space travel. He announced that “Commercial human spaceflight is now a reality”. He said that issuing the three wings was just a small symbol demonstrating that we are well on our way to a “new and exciting chapter of space travel.”

Beth Moses receives her commercial wings.
The first female to fly on a commercial spaceship, Beth Moses, receives her Commercial Astronaut Wings.

Beth Moses free-floated as she performed cabin validation checks during the February 22nd test flight. She said “It was a honor to receive my Commercial Astronaut Wings today. 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 learnt into our cabin outfitting and astronaut training program.”

Virgin Group Founder Richard Branson was awarded The Space Achievement Award. And he is a man on a mission. He said the flight was “another historic moment as we continue towards our mission of becoming the worlds first commercial spaceline.”

Ruby Feneley

Written by Ruby Feneley

Ruby Feneley is a lifestyle writer who has worked across fashion, health, beauty and technology. After graduating as an English major from the University of Sydney Ruby spent a year working in fashion and copywriting in New York before relocating to Sydney where she began her career as a lifestyle journalist. Ruby has brought Women Love Tech readers news on Ted X Youth, Womanizer and We-Vibes new pleasure-tech, revolutions in skincare technology and the best apps for the beauty obsessed. Ruby has also covered the rise of apps in our personal lives, whether dating, networking or mental health.
Ruby is always interested in the way technology continues to shape our lives – and how it can improve yours.
She is also the Beauty Editor for The Carousel.com.

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