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

  • 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

  • 9:45am – 10:00am: Students arrive at the Columbia Memorial Space Center

  • 10:00 – 10:20am: Short presentation about Virgin Orbit

  • 10:20 – 10:30am: 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 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 on one Saturday from 10:00 – 12:30pm on the third Saturday of the month from January 2019 – July 2019 and is limited to 30 students and 3 adults per visit. 

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

Remaining dates available: April 20, May 18, June 15, July 27


For more informatiion, contact Rick O’Connor or Jessica Mercado.