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Better Satellite World: The New Public Private Partnership - Making Space for Space

Space is expensive. It will require enormous investments, total adaptability, innovation and experimentation - not to mention behavioral changes - the likes of which the engineering community and human ingenuity have never seen.

How is it going to get done? What will be the financial structures and technology partnerships that get us there? In this podcast series, we will explore these questions and more.

Episode 1: Making Space for Space - A Conversation with Yummet CEO Brittany Zimmerman

Brittany Zimmerman is the CEO and Chief of Innovation at Yummet. Before Yummet, she served as Principal Investigator and Aerospace Engineer at Paragon Space Development. Brittany has spent 30 years working on expanding her breadth of skills to build a synergy of competencies to achieve her lifetime goal: organizational success through bettering the conditions of humanity.  She takes the old philosophy of leaving the world a better place than you found it to the next level. In her most recent of many ventures, Brittany is implementing her multidisciplinary expertise of space systems to simplify complexities and make life support technologies easily accessible and affordable for terrestrial humanity. For this and other projects, she is seeking partners and investors.

To continually diversify her activities and skills, she has opened a new location to a 501(c)(3) where she acts as Board Member and Director of Operations for a nonprofit which ensures safety and education to cross-cultural youth in California and Arizona. Brittany is a member of the 20 Under 35 cohort of 2020 and received a Promise Award in that same year, signifying her place as one of 3 leaders of the 2020 cohort. Read more about Brittany.

In a conversation with SSPI Director of Development and Innovation Lou Zacharilla, Brittany helps us start figuring out what the economics of creating some space for space looks like.

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Episode 2: The Enabling Relationship (the Good Kind!)

In this podcast, we continue the discussion of public/private partnerships. SSPI Director of Development and Innovation Lou Zacharilla interviews Dave Bettinger, CEO of Spacelink Corporation; Jay Gullish, Senior Director, Digital Economy, Media & Entertainment for the US-India Business Council; and Jyotsna Jayaram, Law Partner at the Bangalore Office of Trilegal, part of the TMT practice group. He asks our guests about what financial structure sand technology partnerships will get us where we need to go. And what can we learn from them?

David Bettinger is a business and technology visionary with 30 years of experience in system engineering, focused on innovative satellite communications. He is a strategic thinker with a track record of capturing opportunities, cultivating partnerships, and transforming startup ventures into a competitive position. Before joining SpaceLink, Mr. Bettinger was VP of the Communications Systems and Advanced Development  Group at OneWeb. He was a founding member of the satellite network operator, which was established in 2014, and he led a team of satellite, aerospace and communications engineers to design its first- and second-generation satellite payloads, user terminals, and ground segment.At OneWeb he was successful in supporting investment activities and was responsible for the corporate technology roadmap. Previous to his role at OneWeb, Mr. Bettinger spent more than a decade as CTO and Senior VP of Engineering at ST Engineering iDirect, a $250 million satellite communications technology company which provided VSAT solutions to over 400 customers in 120 countries. Mr. Bettinger began his career at Hughes Network Systems where he was a member of the Technical Staff in the Satellite Networks Division. There he contributed to the development of several generations of the Personal Earth Station (PES) satellite network, which was Hughes’ flagship product line at the time. He was also a member of the design team that developed and deployed the Claircom air-to-ground telephony system for commercial and private aircraft. A frequent spokesperson at industry events, Mr. Bettinger has authored more than 50 technical papers and articles and holds seven patents in satellite communications. 

Jay Gullish has passionately promoted digital development in more than 20 countries over his 25 years of experience in government, industry, and civil society across the telecoms, information technology, satcom, and cyber sectors. He has a reputation as an innovative critical thinker and industry expert known for thought leadership, problem solving and an ability to get the job done. Most recently, Mr. Gullish served as a digital policy officer at the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi covering cyber policy, telecommunications, information technology, digital inclusion, and commercial space. While at the Embassy, he aligned U.S. cyber policy toward India across multiple in-country USG agencies and consulates on behalf of the State Department’s Coordinator for Cyber Issues (S/CCI). Mr. Gullish was also the in-country lead for the U.S.-India ICT Working Group and the U.S.-India Cyber Consultations. Mr. Gullish previously worked in India’s outsourcing industry, and lived and worked in India for over five years. He has international technology experience in southern Africa, Israel, and Vietnam. Born in New York and raised in California, Mr. Gullish has a passion for the outdoors, wildlife and actions that ensure the long-term health of our planet. He is also active in promoting STEM education.

Jyotsna Jayaram is a Partner in the Bangalore office of Trilegal and is part of the TMT practice group. She has a breadth of transactional and advisory experience in the technology and telecom space and her core areas of expertise include data privacy, telecom licensing, OTT services, digital communications, broadcasting and media laws, content regulation, intellectual property rights, payment and settlement systems, e-commerce, cyber security, outsourcing and commercial contracts. Jyotsna also works with domestic and overseas clients on a wide range of corporate matters including investments, business and asset transfers in the TMT sector. Jyotsna is an alumnus of the School of Law, Christ University- Bangalore.

Episode 3: Let's All Pickup After Ourselves in Space

In this podcast, we continue the discussion of public/private partnerships, focusing on the growing, somewhat quietly menacing issue of keeping space free from debris. What role can collaborations play here? What, if any, already exist? Will regulations be put in place that de-incentivize leaving your litter behind? SSPI Director of Development and Innovation Lou Zacharilla asks these questions and more as he speaks with Dr. Walter Scott, Executive Vice President and CTO at Maxar Technologies; George John, Associate at Hogan Lovells; and Carolyn Belle, Director of Advanced Systems at Astroscale.

Carolyn Belle engages in space industry growth and diversification, with expertise in the market dynamics of on-orbit servicing, emerging satellite applications, and the creation of diversified space architectures. Carolyn currently works with commercial and government satellite operators to pursue new approaches to on-orbit operations in her role at Astroscale U.S., where she serves as the Director of Advanced Systems. She previously led KSAT’s standardized ground network development in the U.S. and, as a consultant and industry analyst, advised companies throughout the value chain on key opportunities & strategic direction. She started her career in astrobiology research before focusing her passion for space on building the business environment and underlying infrastructure necessary to facilitate dynamic industry expansion. Carolyn holds a bachelor’s degree from The Colorado College with a focus in Biology and Chemistry and completed the International Space University’s multidisciplinary master’s program in Space Management. She has been active in leading STEM outreach initiatives such as Yuri’s Night and Cool Science as well as efforts to strengthen women’s roles and recognition within the space industry.

George John ensures regulations do not disrupt innovation and investment in the aerospace, telecommunications, sports, medical, and mobility industries. He advises clients on radiofrequency (RF) spectrum use, orbital debris mitigation, and remote sensing licensing while engaging the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), International Telecommunication Union, and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Those interactions have helped him shape and streamline regulations on RF spectrum, the safety and sustainability of space, and Earth imagery; negotiate RF spectrum rights at international fora; and complete associated due diligence for venture-capital and private-equity investments. Before joining Hogan Lovells, George served as in-house regulatory and transactional counsel for a pioneering nanosatellite company, where he secured satellite, earth station, and remote sensing licenses and negotiated satellite launch and insurance agreements. Other previous stops include the FCC’s International Bureau Satellite Division, where he tackled satellite and earth station licensing and rulemakings, and the Federal Aviation Administration’s Office of Chief Counsel, where he undertook commercial space launch, reentry, launch site operation, and other aviation regulation projects. George is a member of the 2020 list of 20 Under 35. Learn more about George.

Dr. Walter Scott is Maxar's Executive Vice President and Chief Technical Officer. He founded DigitalGlobe in 1992, which became part of Maxar in 2017. From 1986 through 1992, Walter held a number of technical, program, and department management positions at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, including serving as the assistant associate director of the Physics Department. Prior to this, Walter served as president of Scott Consulting, a Unix systems and applications consulting firm. Walter holds a Bachelor of Arts in Applied Mathematics, magna cum laude, from Harvard College and a Doctorate and Master of Science in Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley. Walter was inducted into the Space & Satellite Hall of Fame in 2017. Learn more about Walter.