Bio from SpaceWorks Engineering: Mr. Webber's career began as a launch vehicle and satellite engineer in what is now EADS/Astrium Space Systems. He worked on thermal control system design for a number of satellites, including the Skynet satellite, and on kinetic heating analyses for launch vehicles, including post-flight analyses of telemetry from the Europa vehicle firings from the Woomera range. He became Head of Procurement at Inmarsat, (responsible for contracting over a billion dollars worth of communications satellites, their launch vehicles and ground segment), and Managing Director of Tachyon Europe (providing satellite broadband and Internet access across the continent). Mr. Webber operated a consulting and training company based in San Diego with clients including Comsat Corporation and the then Hughes Space and Satellite Systems. Consulting assignments included PDR, CDR Design Review Board membership, international negotiation skills training, and systems engineering tasks.
Mr. Webber holds a B.Sc. Honors Degree in Physics and Mathematics from Newcastle University (UK), and postgraduate qualifications in Space Science (from University College London, UK) and Management (from the University of Westminster, UK). He is a Senior Member of AIAA and a Fellow of the British Interplanetary Society. Mr. Webber has been a member of the Adjunct Faculty of the International Space University, and at the US International University in San Diego, where he provided courses on international management. Mr. Webber is an active member of the Reusable Launch Vehicles Working Group and the Launch Operations Support Working Group of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)-AST COMSTAC Committee.
VIRGIN GALACTIC MOTHERSHIP "EVE" FLIES OVER LAS CRUCES, NEW MEXICO
LAS CRUCES, NM – Virgin Galactic's WhiteKnightTwo vehicle flew over the Las Cruces
International Airport at approximately 9:30 AM MST on Saturday, June 20. The aircraft was
originally scheduled to fly over Southern New Mexico on Friday, June 19, as part of the
groundbreaking ceremonies for Spaceport America. However, a minor technical issue with an actuator and approaching thunderstorms compelled the WhiteKnightTwo to made a technical stop in Phoenix. The flight was completed the next morning.
Making its eleventh test flight, the WhiteKnightTwo arrived over the Las Cruces International Airport Saturday morning and circled the facility three times. The aircraft made a low pass over the runway and flew out over the city of Las Cruces before beginning its return trip to Mojave, California.
Spaceport America is the world's first purpose-built commercial spaceport. WhiteKnightTwo is Virgin Galactic's mother ship for the company's SpaceShipTwo, a vehicle that will transport passengers from Spaceport America to the edge of space. Spaceport America is expected to begin construction in July and is scheduled for completion in late 2010 or early 2011.
The first Spaceport America Groundbreaking Ceremony at the Main Campus of New Mexico State University in Las Cruces featuring Gov. Bill Richardson, Stephen Attenborough of Virgin Galactic and other guests from NMSU, New Mexico Spaceport Authority, FAA and Las Cruces Mayor Ken Miyagishima. The event was held on June 18, 2009.
Rob Hawkes, BSO technical coordinator: "Yesterday we presented our campaign to a representative from Channel 4, as well as the entire Media School at Bournemouth University. Your Voice in Space went down really well and we are grateful for the opportunity given to us. The introduction to our presentation can be viewed below, it’s quite dramatic!"
The latest WK2 test flight on April 20th experienced an anomaly on a touch-and-go takeoff -- during the initial pullup the right tailboom apparently struck the runway. There was no obvious damage to the aircraft and the test flight programme continued. Flight International later claimed that the aircraft appeared to have steering problems after landing, which it ascribed to the vertical stabilising fins being too small for the size of the aircraft.
Scaled Composites released a press statement describing the tailstrike incident, and explained the yaw after landing as due to an "asymmetric idle thrust setting" and not caused by crosswinds, or any issue with the vertical stabilisers.“Only procedural changes are required to ensure we do not experience it again,” the company stated. Scaled went on to criticise the media speculation which appeared, calling it "sufficiently inaccurate and negative" that the press statement was merited. “In the mean time, do be cautious of what you read if it does not come from either our flight test team or our customer. Also, to state the obvious, you should question the motivations of a publication that reports design or flight test information that is based only on speculation.”, the statement concluded.
Here's a video clip of the press conference with Odyssey Moon and Paragon Space Development on their proposed "Lunar Oasis" greenhouse payload for the MoonOne lander. Featured in the video are Bob Richards of Odyssey Moon, and Taber MacCallum, CEO of Paragon, and his wife Jane Poynter, who is President and Founder of Paragon.
Yup, thought so from the soundtrack. Jane Poynter is British-born.