November 17, 2015

An Introduction to Testing

It is easy to think that testing in our industry is all about vehicles in flight. The reality is that flight testing is just the tip of the iceberg. Below the waterline is a huge base of support that is required to ensure each of those test flights is successful.

Testing every component of the spaceship to ensure we fully understand strength and durability is a major ongoing work stream consisting of many thousands of small and large scale tests. In our latest film, Vice President of Safety & Test, Todd Ericson, explores this work and its place in the meticulous preparation and complex array of tasks that must be completed before our new spaceship takes to the air for the first time.