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SSPI Dean Olmstead Scholarship Fund

Dean Olmstead, president of EchoStar Satellite Services and an executive who during his career played a leading role in the global satellite industry’s consolidation, died Oct. 16, 2010 after a courageous battle with cancer. 

During his 26-year career in the satellite industry, Olmstead held leadership positions with EchoStar Satellite Services, SES Global, Arrowhead Global Solutions, Loral Space & Communications, DirecTV, and Hughes Electronics. While at SES, he developed the strategy and led the acquisitions that transformed SES from a European fixed-satellite services operator into one of the world’s top two satellite services companies. 

Earlier in his career, Olmstead worked as Deputy Director of the Satellite and Cable Policy Branch of the U.S. State Department. He then moved to NASA, where he was chief of the Advanced Communications Branch and program manager for the Advanced Communications Technology Satellite (ACTS), the first Ka-band system with on-board processing. His work at NASA led to his being inducted into the Space Technology Hall of Fame in 1997.




Dean Olmstead
1955-2010
In honor of his brilliant career and passion for the industry, the Olmstead family and SSPI have established the SSPI Dean Olmstead Scholarship Fund.  The Fund will be support a student pursuing the business/financial side of the satellite industry as well as a student from the Rocky Mountain Region.

How to donate

There are two convenient ways to contribute to the SSPI Dean Olmstead Scholarship Fund:

By Mail:
Send your donations to the Society of Satellite Professionals International (SSPI) Dean Olmstead Scholarship Fund, 55 Broad Street, 14th Floor, New York, NY 10004

Electronically:
Click here for an electronic donations form.

The Dean Olmstead Scholarship Fund is generously supported by ...

Telluray Foundation

With special thanks for donations from ...

EchoStar
Eutelsat America Corp
Loral Space Communications
Morningstar Foundation
OODAlink
Satellite Industry Association
Sea Launch S.á.r.l.
Space Systems/Loral
Stellar Solutions
US Space LLC



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