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Jameel Janjua, a dual Canada-U.S. national, became an astronaut after 15 years and three attempts, culminating in his role as pilot in Virgin Galactic’s Galactic 07 spaceflight. Janjua, who was a semi-finalist for a Canadian Space Agency astronaut selection in 2009, has over 5,200 flight hours across 65 aircraft types. He has also frequently flown Virgin Galactic’s mothership VMS Eve. On June 27, he discussed his journey, preparations for Virgin’s new Delta class spaceships, and his hopes for inspiring others.

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