Board & Executive Staff


Board of Directors

2017 General Assembly Legislation for the Space Flight Authority states the Authority shall be governed by a board of directors consisting of nine members, two of whom shall be the Secretary of Transportation and the Director of the Virginia Department of Aviation or their respective designees.  The remaining seven members shall be appointed by the Governor and shall have experience in at least one of the following fields:  (i) the aerospace industry, (ii) the financial industry, (iii) the marketing industry, (iv) scientific and technological research and development; or (v) higher education.   

Chair
Jeff M. Bingham

Vice-Chair
 Jim McArthur

Secretary
Linda Thomas-Glover

Ex-Officio Directors

Secretary of Transportation, Commonwealth of Virginia
Shannon Valentine

Director, Department of Aviation
Mark Flynn

Appointed Directors

Edward Bolton, Jr.
John R. Broderick
Morris Foster
Marke "Hoot" Gibson
James (Jim) D. McArthur, Jr.
Kathryn Thornton

Executive Staff

CEO and Executive Director
Dale Nash

Dale Nash is the CEO and Executive Director of Virginia Space, owner and operator of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport, collocated at the NASA Wallops Flight Facility. Virginia Space is a political subdivision of Virginia, chartered with the mission to promote industrial and economic development, as well as, scientific and technological R&D through the expansion and promotion of the commercial and government aerospace industry in the Commonwealth.

Dale has overseen the successful completion and rebuild of Pad-0A (Northrop Grumman Antares rocket); significant upgrades to Pad-0B (Northrop Grumman Minotaur rockets); completion of a purpose-built 3,000 foot long Unmanned Aircraft Systems airfield; construction and activation of the new MARS Payload Processing Facility (for classified and scientific missions); and completion and activation of Launch Complex 2 (Rocket Lab Electron rocket).    

Dale has 38 years of experience in the aerospace industry.  He was CEO of Alaska Aerospace, owner and operator of the Kodiak Launch Complex, for 6 years before joining Virginia Space. Prior to that, Dale spent 14 years in Florida in senior management positions working Space Shuttle launch operations and program development on the Orion program with United Space Alliance, Lockheed and Thiokol Corp.  He began his career in Utah working 11 years on DoD ballistic missile systems and solid rocket motors. 

Dale has a bachelor’s degree in Engineering from the University of Utah, and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Florida. 

COO and Director, Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport
Sean Mulligan

Sean Mulligan is the Chief Operating Officer of the Virginia Commercial Space Flight Authority (Virginia Space) and the Director for the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS), located at the NASA Wallops Flight Facility. Virginia Space is a political subdivision of Virginia, with the mission to promote industrial and economic development and scientific and technological R&D through the expansion and promotion of the commercial and government aerospace industry in the Commonwealth. Virginia Space achieves that mission through building, owning, and operating launch, payload processing, vehicle integration and unmanned systems facilities at the MARS Spaceport as well as administering a picosatellite program.

Mr. Mulligan started his career at MARS as one of the original engineers to design, build and test the MARS Pad-0A launch facility, homeport of Northrop Grumman’s Antares rocket. He has a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Delaware and an MBA from the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business.

Director of Finance and Contracting
David Bruce

Director of Business Development
Thomas Shearer

 

VCSFA Board Meeting Minutes