• Must submit full legal name of all participants (students and adults) for a general background check for security clearance onto VO facility.

  • For security purposes, Virgin orbit requires that students aged 16 and older must verify that they are a "US Person" (citizen or green-card holder) and provide a copy/scan of their ID as proof.

  • Must provide completed Health & Consent form for each minor (can be submitted on day of field trip).

  • NO cameras, phones, or any electronic devices are permitted on this field trip due to VO’s security protocols.

Field Trip Timeline

  • 10:00 – 10:15am: Students arrive at the Columbia Memorial Space Center

  • 10:15 – 10:25am: Short presentation about Virgin Orbit

  • 10:25 - 10:30am: Students board bus

  • 10:30 – 11:00am: Travel to Long Beach

  • 11:00 – 12:00pm: Tour of Virgin Orbit facility plus Q&A with Engineers

  • 12:00 – 12:30pm: Travel back to CMSC

Field trip to Virgin Orbit!

The Columbia Memorial Space Center recently received a grant from Virgin Orbit -- a leading aerospace company based in Long Beach -- to offer a private behind-the-scenes tour of their innovative research facility.  With this grant, our main purpose is to provide local middle school and high school students with an opportunity to speak with real rocket scientists and aerospace engineers, and to learn about different career paths and schooling available to them within the STEM fields. Additionally, this is a great opportunity for students to see ground-breaking research happening in their own backyard!

Virgin Orbit has now offered this grant to the CMSC for a third year in a row and is an annual partner of our City of STEM event.

Virgin Orbit has been revolutionizing the way we launch satellites into space with a brand new launch system called LauncherOne. They are a leader in advancing human spaceflight and satellite launch systems, and regularly employ college grads within various departments including avionics, propulsion, communications, and IT operations -- just to name a few.


Field trips take place from 10:00 – 12:30pm on and is limited to 30 students.

Transportation to the Virgin Orbit facility from the Columbia Memorial Space Center is provided for FREE via charter bus! 

Upcoming field trip dates: June 15 and July 27

Click the button below to register your student!


Any questions about the Virgin Orbit field trips? Use the form below to get in touch with us.

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