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April 13-16, 2015 · Colorado Springs, Colorado USA

George Whitesides

George Whitesides
Chief Executive Officer
Virgin Galactic

George Whitesides is the CEO of Virgin Galactic and The Spaceship Company and is responsible for guiding all aspects of building the world’s first commercial spaceline including the spaceflight program and small satellite launch capability. His responsibilities include oversight of Virgin Galactic's sister company, The Spaceship Company, to manufacture a fleet of WhiteKnightTwo and SpaceShipTwo space vehicles. Previously, Whitesides was Chief of Staff for NASA, where he provided policy and staff support to the agency’s Administrator.  Prior to his role at NASA, he served as Executive Director of the National Space Society, a space policy and advocacy group that was founded by Apollo program leader Wernher von Braun and the journalist Hugh Downs.  An honors graduate of Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School, Whitesides earned his undergraduate degree in public and international affairs.  He later earned a master's degree in geographic information systems and remote sensing from the University of Cambridge in England, and was a Fulbright Scholar to Tunisia.  Whitesides is a licensed private pilot and certified parabolic flight coach. 

Participating Events

Wednesday, April 15, 2015
3:45 p.m. to
5:00 p.m.:
Prospects and Issues for Commercial Spaceflight
Symposium Program
Concurrent Session
Location: International Center South - Main Stage

Professor G. Scott Hubbard

Consulting Professor, Aeronautics and Astronautics
Stanford University

Frank L. Culbertson

Executive Vice President & President, Space Systems Group
Orbital ATK

Dr. George C. Nield

Associate Administrator for Commercial Space Transportation
Federal Aviation Administration

Mark N. Sirangelo

Corporate Vice President and Head of Space Systems
Sierra Nevada Corporation

Eric W. Stallmer

Commercial Spaceflight Federation

George Whitesides

Chief Executive Officer
Virgin Galactic


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