Gov. Bob McDonnell has appointed a second Orbital Sciences Corporation official to the 13-member Virginia Commercial Space Flight Authority board, filling a slot reserved for the company that had been left vacant. The Daily Press reports that McDonnell appointed Robert T. “Bob” Richards, vice president of Orbital’s human spaceflight systems’ advanced programs group, to the board last Friday.
“Continued operations of the [Virginia Commercial Spaceflight] Authority and Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport are contingent upon increased annual financial support from the Commonwealth,” says the first of several recommendations in the report that call for “immediate attention.”The center, a state-chartered nonprofit that receives public and private funding, also goes out of its way to stress the importance of Virginia’s relationship with Orbital Sciences Corp. The Dulles-based aerospace company, with a $1.9 billion NASA contract to resupply the International Space Station, is easily the spaceport’s biggest customer.
I’ve been looking for a copy of the report, but I haven’t found it online yet. I’ll post something when I do.