The Space & Satellite Professionals International (SSPI) will induct four new members into the prestigious Space & Satellite Hall of Fame on Tuesday, March 23, 2021 at the annual Hall of Fame Celebration. The inductees are:
Peter B. de Selding
Co-Founder and Chief Editor, SpaceIntelReport
Peter B. de Selding delivered more than 20 years of incisive coverage of the commercial space and satellite industry as Paris bureau chief of SpaceNews before co-founding SpaceIntelReport and becoming Chief Editor. His reporting has broken many major stories in the industry and never hesitated to tackle controversies, reveal conflicts of interest and hold business leaders accountable for their decisions.
Associate Administrator for Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate, NASA
Kathy Lueders has spent her career leading efforts at NASA to integrate commercial launch into NASA's human space exploration mission. From her service as Commercial Orbital Transportation Services Integration Manager to her current appointment as Associate Administrator for Human Exploration, she has worked to bring critical commercial technology, practices and cost savings to NASA. Most recently, Kathy spent seven years working with SpaceX, Northrop Grumman and Boeing to bring about commercial resupply missions to the International Space Station and make NASA's first venture into commercial human spaceflight possible with the SpaceX Crew-1 flight in November of 2020.
Founder and President, AvL Technologies
Jim Oliver is an inventor and entrepreneur with a proven record of achievement in ground segment technology. He has made major contributions to freeing satellite ground systems from fixed locations throughout his career, from his work at SatCom Technologies--where he led the introduction of innovative technologies for fixed and truck-mounted antennas--to the creation at AvL of high-accuracy pointing technologies for small portable antennas for commercial and military use. Jim's technological contributions have greatly expanded the applications for satellite communications in ways that save lives and expand opportunities for millions.
Dr. Gladys West
Former Mathematician, Naval Proving Ground, Dahlgren, VA
Dr. Gladys West served as a mathematician at the Naval Proving Ground (now the Naval Surface Warfare Center) in Dahlgren, VA for 42 years before retiring in 1998. From the mid-1970s to 1980s, she worked as Project Manager for the Seasat radar altimetry project, which made pioneering use of an IBM 7030 computer to provide calculations for an accurate geodetic Earth model. This model became a critical building block for the GPS satellite orbital plan and the immense range of benefits that GPS has delivered to humanity since then.