SpaceShipTwo

SpaceShipTwo

SpaceShipTwo is the prototype for the world's first commercial manned spaceship, destined to take private astronauts into space and paving the way for space transportation.

WhiteKnightTwo

WhiteKnightTwo

Utilizing an open-architecture design and powered by four Pratt & Whitney turbofans, WhiteKnightTwo provides the high-altitude launch platform for SpaceShipTwo to achieve sub-orbital flight.

Virgin Atlantic GlobalFlyer

Virgin Atlantic GlobalFlyer

This record-breaking, single-place, aviation marvel features two external booms flanking a center pod where the pilot sits, on top of which is the aircraft's powerhouse, a Williams turbofan jet engine.

SpaceShipOne

SpaceShipOne

SpaceShipOne, the first private manned spacecraft, is a three-place, high-altitude research rocket, designed for sub-orbital flights at an altitude of 100 km and powered by a unique hybrid rocket motor.

White Knight

White Knight

Initially developed to provide a launch platform at 50,000 ft for SpaceShipOne, White Knight is a three-place, high-altitude, flexible and capable research aircraft.

Brian Binnie

Brian Binnie is a Program Business Manager and Test Pilot at Scaled Composites. He has 21 years flight test experience including 20 years of Naval Service in the Strike-Fighter community. He has logged over 4600 hours of flight time in 59 different aircraft and is a licensed Airline Transport Pilot.

Brian’s educational background includes a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering and an M.S. in Fluid Mechanics and Thermodynamics from Brown University and an M.S. in Aeronautical Engineering from Princeton University. He is a graduate of the U.S. Navy’s Test Pilot School at Patuxent River, MD and the Naval Aviation Safety School at Monterey CA.

He is a member of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots and a published member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

Flight Test Experience:

  * Scaled’s Model 318 White Knight
  * Scaled’s Model 316 SpaceShipOne
  * Roton Flight Test
  * F/A-18 Electronic Warfare Suite Testing and Integration
  * F/A-18 TSSAM Weapon Launch Envelope Expansion
  * A-6E TSSAM Weapon Launch Envelope Expansion
  * F/A-18 SLAM-ER Weapon Launch Envelope Expansion
  * A-6E SLAM-ER Weapon Launch Envelope Expansion
  * F/A-18 LEX Fence Performance Map
  * F/A-18 ATARS Transonic Handling Evaluation
  * A-7E Structural Flight Test Qualification Program
  * F/A-18 KC-10 Wing Tip Refueling Pod Evaluation
  * A-7E KC-10 Wing Tip Refueling Pod Evaluation
  * F/A-18 F404 2nd Source (Pratt & Whitney vs GE) Engine Envelope Expansion
  * F/A-18 Hi-Energy Nose Strut -T/Off and Landing Eval
  * F/A-18 First LGB Weapon Delivery Using Self-Lasing FLIR

Other Related Experience:

  * Completed for the ROTON: Hazard Analysis / Aircrew Checklists / Normal & Emergency Procedures
  * Conducted Flight Test / Developed Operational Flight Procedures (Tactics) / Provided Fleet Training (1 to 5 day course) for F/A-18 and AV-8B EW Suites.
  * Expanded curriculum to include Foreign Military Customers and provided in-country training to Finland, Malaysia and Italy
  * Wrote all the operational checklist and provided the Fleet Tactics Manual for the TSSAM Weapon System
  * Planned and executed the first (and only) radar chase of the Tomahawk cruise missile to demonstrate more effective surface fleet training
  * Prepared and briefed the Australian Air Force on new Operational Flight Software for their F/A-18 aircraft


Biography written during the time of the Tier One program.

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