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Thursday, June 28, 2012

Spaceport Names New Executive Director

The Virginia Commercial Space Flight Authority has named a new executive director to manage the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at Wallops Island, Va.

The authority's board of directors announced Wednesday afternoon at a meeting at Wallops Island the selection of Dale K. Nash to the position beginning July 31, 2012. He will replace Dr. Billie Reed, who has served as executive director since the authority was established in 1995.

Dale K. Nash
Nash has spent nearly 30 years in the aerospace industry, most recently serving as CEO of Alaska Aerospace. He also served as director of launch operations at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Throughout his career, he has been directly involved in more than 60 space shuttle flights.

During his tenure at Alaska Aerospace, Nash was named in January 2007 as the Chief Operating Officer and was promoted to Chief Executive Officer of the corporation in February 2008. While at Alaska Aerospace Nash oversaw six successful launches, certification of the Range Safety and Telemetry System (GPS based), Kodiak Launch Complex expansion and modernization including a Rocket Motor Storage Facility, development of rapid launch enabling operational capabilities, and engineering plans for construction of a new medium-lift launch pad and processing facility.

Nash has a Bachelors degree in Engineering from the University of Utah, and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Florida.

The Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport has plans for six commercial, civil and military orbital launches in the next fiscal year including cargo to the International Space Station and a probe to the Moon. Secretary of Transportation Sean T. Connaughton says Nash's experience will be a tremendous boost as the authority works to become the top commercial spaceport in America.

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