Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Virgin Galactic Appoints Richard DalBello as Vice President of Business Development and Government Affairs

Richard DalBello testifying at the congressional hearing on space debris and asteroid threats on Mar. 20, 2013. Credit: C-SPAN

Virgin Galactic on Monday announced the appointment of Richard DalBello as Vice President of Business Development and Government Affairs. In this role, DalBello will be responsible for managing business development focusing on LauncherOne, the company’s dedicated orbital launch vehicle for small satellites. He will be also responsible for managing the company’s interactions with the US government. “Richard has extensive experience in the commercial space and satellite industry, as well as in the development of government programs and policy,” said Virgin Galactic CEO George Whitesides. “We look forward to his contributions within our senior executive team as we pursue our goal to democratize space.” DalBello will start at Virgin Galactic on Jan. 12.

In his role as Assistant Director for Space and Aeronautics in the White House’s Office of Science and Technology policy, Richard was a key contributor to the President’s domestic and international space efforts. Prior to joining the White House staff, Richard served as Vice President of Government Affairs for Intelsat General. Previously, he served as the Director of the US Department of Commerce’s Office of Space Commercialization, and the President of the Satellite Broadcasting and Communications Association and the Satellite Industry Association.

“People have always dreamed of the day when low cost, flexible, access to space might be possible. The world class team at Virgin Galactic is poised to make that dream a reality,” said DalBello. “Entrepreneurs and commercial innovators have always been responsible for driving innovation and change, and I’m excited to be joining one of the true leaders of the commercial space era.”

The announcement is the first major personnel move announced by Virgin Galactic since the Oct. 31 SpaceShipTwo accident that killed co-pilot Michael Alsbury and injured pilot Peter Siebold.

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