George T. Whitesides head shot

George Whitesides

President and CEO, Virgin Galactic

Mr. Whitesides heads Virgin Galactic, and is a former NASA Chief of Staff.  He is also one of the founders of Yuri's Night, the World Space Party.

Latest Planetary Radio Appearances

Yuri’s Night 2018!

Host Mat Kaplan once again attends the worldwide party for space. Join him at the Los Angeles celebration under Space Shuttle Endeavour.

Virgin Galactic CEO George Whitesides on LauncherOne and the Return of SpaceShipTwo

6,000 job-seekers came to the new Long Beach, California home of Virgin Galactic’s LauncherOne rocket on a recent morning. We sit down with CEO George Whitesides for a conversation about this new effort and the return of SpaceShipTwo.

Planetary Radio Live at Yuri’s Night—Under Space Shuttle Endeavour

Join the party as we celebrate the 53rd anniversary of humanity’s transition to spacefaring species with Yuri’s Night Executive Director Loretta Hidalgo Whitesides, Virgin Galactic CEO and Yuri’s Night co-founder George Whitesides, and astronaut Ron Garan, who heads Fragile Oasis.