Michael Moses

BS ’89 Physics and Astronomy, Purdue University
MS ’91 Space Sciences, Florida Institute of Technology
MS ’95 Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering, Purdue
(Nominated by: Physics and Astronomy)

"My education from Purdue is the foundation that has allowed me to get to where I am today. Purdue gave me way more than just book smarts; Purdue taught me the fundamentals of analytical problem solving that are crucial to spaceflight, where the answer to a problem is not always found by taking the direct path."

Michael Moses oversees the commercial suborbital spaceflight program for Virgin Galactic. He leads the team in all aspects of safe and successful spaceline operations, including WhiteKnightTwo and SpaceShipTwo vehicle processing, flight planning, astronaut training and flight crew operations.

Moses came to Virgin Galactic following a distinguished career with NASA. From 2008 through July 2011, he served at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida as the launch integration manager, where he led all space shuttle processing activities from landing through launch. Moses also chaired the mission management team where he provided ultimate shuttle launch decision authority. Other NASA experience included working as a flight director at the Johnson Space Center, where he led teams of flight controllers in the planning, training and execution of space shuttle missions. Before being selected as a flight director in 2005, Moses had more than 10 years of experience as a flight controller in the Shuttle Propulsion and Electrical Systems Groups.

Moses is a two-time recipient of the NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal, as well as other NASA commendations and awards.


  • 2008-2011 - Oversaw the final four years of space shuttle operations as launch integration manager for NASA
  • 2005 - Selected as NASA flight director
  • 2000 - Worked his first space shuttle mission

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