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Virginia spaceport director plans to retire

Monday - 1/30/2012, 8:49am  ET

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - The executive director of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport is planning to retire after leading Virginia's commercial space initiative for 17 years.

Billie M. Reed notified the Virginia Commercial Spaceflight Authority in December that he plans to step down.

Reed tells that he hasn't set a date for retiring.

The authority has established a committee to search for a new executive director.

The spaceport on Virginia's Eastern Shore is one of only four that's licensed by the federal government to launch rockets into orbit.

Authority member J. Jack Kennedy calls Reed the "father of modern commercial space in Virginia."

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Information from: Daily Press, http://www.dailypress.com


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