Brian Binnie

Brian Binnie

Test Pilot


SpaceShipOne

Mojave, CA USA


It's really all about perseverance. I just had this attitude where failure was just not an option.

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Spaceship ProgramInterview Excerpt

Milestones

My road in life has been direct.
When he was a kid, he'd play with toy rockets and gliders; clearly his great passion from day one.
Had to apply to naval test pilot school three times before he was finally accepted; flying was much harder than he'd expected.
Final test came down to him landing an old jet on an aircraft carrier at night in a storm; says "you live your life for moments like that."
Was in the Navy for 20 years; wanted to keep flying rather than work a desk job, went to Mojave to keep flight testing.
Jumped into flight testing private spaceships, started pursuing Ansari X prize (flying a private aircraft into space on two occasions).
They hit failure after failure, finally got something right: spaceships kept successfully flying higher and higher.
After making it into space once, he was chosen for do-or-die second flight; it was successful, set winged aircraft altitude record.
Even after flying into space, felt more out of his comfort zone later that week doing Late Show with David Letterman.
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Education

High School
Bachelor
Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/Space Engineering
Brown University
Graduate
Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/Space Engineering
Princeton University

Career

Test Pilot

I help push the boundaries of powered flight by test piloting new aerospace technologies.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Engineering
Armed Services
Being Physically Active