Making Space for Women in STEM

Given that March is Women's History Month, it's the perfect time to shine a spotlight on Teammates for Women Empowerment (TWE), an organization founded within Virgin Orbit that's working to create a more equitable and inclusive environment in the space community.

Established and led entirely by Virgin Orbit teammates, TWE was originally formed in 2018. The group has made great strides since then, developing relationships with local schools and organizations like the Girl Scouts and the Boys and Girls Club, and offering students the opportunity to take factory tours, learn about potential career paths, and connect 1-on-1 with mentors on the Virgin Orbit team. 

TWE has also served as an invaluable resource for Virgin Orbit teammates to connect with each other, practice leadership skills, and pursue professional development, while also driving positive change within our broader company. We're very fortunate to have a group of teammates so passionate about forging a better future for all those who love space!

TWE members pose for a group shot during Women’s History Month 2021.
Learn more about TWE in our Q&A with Jacqueline Sotraidis Schell, an awesome propulsion engineer who also doubles as TWE's Community Outreach Coordinator. 
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Join the Virgin Orbit Family
Obsessed with all things space? Want to help fuel the small satellite revolution? Just a fan of air launch? Come join the team opening space for good! As we work to provide regular launches to space for our customers, Virgin Orbit is seeking new talent and skillsets to round out our diverse and highly capable crew.

Current open positions in engineering include: Quality Inspector, EMC/RF Engineer for Avionics, Structural Design Engineer, Principal Telemetry Operations Engineer, and more. We also have some opportunities for non-technical roles on teams like Business Development, Human Resources and Finance – so don't let a lack of industry experience deter you!

If you believe space can truly change all of our lives for the better and want to help support that effort, chances are you'd be a great addition to our team. 

You can learn more about Virgin Orbit's unique work culture and explore our open positions at our home on the web.
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In the News

  • Our team was excited to see that the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) is working to update their rules and regulations around commercial spaceflight, especially as companies like Virgin Orbit seek to conduct launches in new ways and on faster timescales. Learn more about the latest rule development in Aviation Today.
  • Big congratulations to former Sen. Bill Nelson, who this month received a nomination to serve as the next Administrator of NASA. We look forward to working with him and the rest of the Biden administration to advance America’s innovative small launch sector. Read more in SpaceNews.
  • Our friends at Virgin Galactic have just revealed the next step in the evolution of their fleet: the first of its SpaceShip III class of vehicles! We're looking forward to some cool glide flights as VSS Imagine takes off soon for the first time. Check out the teaser on YouTube.

In Our Orbit

Over the past several weeks, we've seen unconscionable brutality in crimes committed against the Asian-American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community, including a tragic mass shooting in Atlanta, Georgia. Acts like these are difficult to even comprehend, and they call out for response from all of us to join together in solidarity against racism, hatred and violence.

For those looking for ways to help make a difference, we wanted to highlight two organizations that may be a good starting point:

Pacific Asian Counseling Services (PACS): PACS is a Los Angeles-based non-profit dedicated to healing people with mental illness through counseling and caring. The agency serves people of all ethnicities but is especially proud of their expertise with refugee and immigrant Asian Pacific Islander populations. →

Stop AAPI Hate: In addition to running a reporting center that tracks incidents of anti-Asian discrimination, Stop AAPI Hate also offers multilingual resources for impacted community members, and supports community-based safety measures and restorative justice efforts. →

Virgin Orbit donated to both of these organizations this month, and we urge you to consider checking them out too.

Please stay safe, everyone — and let’s all do our part to ensure there is a just, secure, and comfortable space for everyone in this world.
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