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XCOR Aerospace welcomes newest test pilot

4 April 2014

XCOR Aerospace said that celebrated aviator, test pilot, engineer and commercial astronaut Brian Binnie has joined the company as senior test pilot.

As senior test pilot, Binnie will be working with another celebrated pilot and astronaut, XCOR chief test pilot and former space shuttle pilot and commander, US Air Force Colonel (Ret.) Richard Searfoss.

Brian Binnie is a decorated aviator having piloted the Ansari X-Prize award winning flight that broke the winged aircraft altitude record previously held by the X-15. He is a 1988 graduate of the United States Naval Test Pilot School, received his bachelors in aerospace engineering and masters in thermodynamics from Brown University and received a second masters degree in aeronautical engineering from Princeton University.

XCOR Aerospace is based in Mojave, California. It is currently creating a research and development center in Midland, Texas, and will be establishing an operational and manufacturing site at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Learn more at


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