Virgin Galactic creates Space Advisory Board

Three aerospace sector experts, two from NASA, appointed to new panel

Virgin Galactic in space | © Virgin Galactic

Virgin Galactic has established a Space Advisory Board ahead of the launch of commercial spaceflight service and the development of next-generation vehicles.

The Space Advisory Board is comprised of three experts from the aerospace sector who will provide awareness of opportunities in commercial, civil and government-related markets.

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Virgin Galactic's Space Tourism Board - Dr. Sandy Magnus, Chris Hadfield and David Whelan | © 2021 Virgin Galactic

Board members include:

Chris Hadfield – Decorated astronaut, engineer and test pilot who served as commander of the International Space Station. He has flown to space three times, to the International Space Station and the Russian Space Station Mir. He has performed two spacewalks and flown over 100 types of aircraft. He was NASA’s Chief CAPCOM, the voice of Mission Control to astronauts in orbit for 25 Space Shuttle missions and served as chief of International Space Station Operations at the NASA Johnson Space Centre.

Sandy Magnus – Former NASA astronaut and deputy chief of the Astronaut Office, with three flights to space including a long-duration mission on the International Space Station. Dr. Magnus is a member of NASA’s Aerospace Safety Advisory Board and has served in leadership roles at the Department of Defence and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).

David Whelan – Chief-Scientist of Cubic Corporation, having previously served as Chief Scientist, Boeing Defense, Space and Security and director of DARPA’s Tactical Technology Office. Member of the National Academy of Engineering, former member of the Defense Science Board and the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board.

George Whitesides, Chairman of the Space Advisory Board and Chief Space Officer, Virgin Galactic. Prior to joining Virgin Galactic, George served as the Chief of Staff of NASA.

Virgin Galactic Chairman of the Space Advisory Board and Chief Space Officer; and Virgin Galactic CEO Michael Colglazier | © Virgin Galactic

“We are excited to welcome these talented space professionals as initial members of the Space Advisory Board,” said Michael Colglazier, CEO of Virgin Galactic. “They each bring incredible depth, experience and insight, and together they will help us drive our mission forward.’’

Chris Hadfield said, “As an astronaut, I know the profound personal impact of spaceflight, and the opportunity it gives for exploration and self-awareness here on Earth. Virgin Galactic is opening that door of opportunity to many, and I am honoured to serve on the Space Advisory Board to help make that happen.”

Dr. Magnus stated, “The movement to open access to space for a broader group of people is a part of the natural evolution in the development of human spaceflight. I am excited to be a part of the next steps in that effort!”

George Whitesides shared, “I am excited to chair the Space Advisory Board alongside leading experts in the aerospace industry… This Space Advisory Board will assist senior management with the mission of opening space for all, and I am honoured to be a part of this journey.”

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