Former NASA Astronaut and current Virgin Galactic Astronaut Pilot CJ Sturckow, will be joining the Las Cruces Space Festival at the launch event on April 7th at Spaceport America. CJ Sturckow will be presenting at 11.00am and again at 1.30pm to discuss Virgin Galactic’s run of successful test flights and future New Mexico operations.
Frederick ‘CJ’ Sturckow was selected as a NASA Astronaut in 1994. He is one of only two people to visit the International Space Station four times. He served as a pilot on NASA missions STS-88 (1998) and STS-105 (2001) and was commander on missions STS-117 (2007) and STS-128 (2009). In his 18-year tenure at NASA, he served in multiple technical and and leadership roles supporting the Johnson Space Center’s Astronaut Office.
CJ Sturckow left NASA in 2013 to become an Astronaut Pilot for Virgin Galactic. In December 2018 he earned his FAA Commercial Astronaut wings after traveling to space on SpaceShipTwo’s VSS Unity, alongside Lead Test Pilot Mark Stucky. It was the first crewed spaceflight to launch from U.S. soil in seven years.