Richard Branson’s Space Tourism Company Joins AIA

Richard Branson after his first flight aboard WhiteKnightTwo at the Oshkosh airshow.


Aerospace Industries Association enrolled eight companies this week, bringing the total new regular member companies joining the association this year to 31. AIA’s regular membership now stands at an all-time high of 133. With 175 associate members, AIA’s total membership is 308 companies.

“The impressive gains we are seeing in membership are underscored by the fact that we have retained every company this year despite the economic strain facing the nation,” said AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey. “Clearly our work to improve the business climate for aerospace and defense manufacturers is paying positive dividends for our industry and the association.”

AIA’s new regular members added to its roster this month include:

AGC Aerospace & Defense, specializes in short- to long-run production of precision parts for the aerospace, power generation, IT, medical and industrial markets.

CERTON Software, Inc.,
provides consulting, training, recruiting, engineering, planning and project management solutions for aviation projects like DO-178B and DO-254 Verification and Validation (V&V) Services.

CIRCOR International, Inc., designs, manufactures and supplies valves, related products and services to OEMs, processors, manufacturers, the military and utilities that rely on fluid-control to accomplish their missions.

Cubic Defense Applications, Inc., provides realistic combat training systems, cyber technologies, asset tracking solutions and defense electronics. Cubic’s defense communications products include advanced tactical data links and surveillance receivers for C4ISR applications and search-and-rescue avionics.

Galactic Ventures, LLC, is a part of Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group and is a majority shareholder in TSC, LLC (The Spaceship Company), the entity that will manufacture the WhiteKnightTwo (WK2) and SpaceShipTwo (SS2) for Virgin Galactic, LLC, the suborbital space tourism operator.

PRTM, LLC, designs, implements and provides operational strategies, supply-chain strategies, M&A, life-cycle sustainment services and new product development and innovation capabilities for the aerospace and defense industry.

Realization Technologies, Inc., provides aerospace services through the application of Critical Chain project mangement techniques and the use of proprietry software (Concerto), developed for use in the aerospace and defense market by Realization.

Wesco Aircraft Hardware Corporation, distributes a wide range of aerospace components, including bearings, fasteners, fittings, hardware and installation tooling from an exhaustive list of suppliers. Wesco Aircraft also offers inventory management services, kitting and tooling.