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    In this podcast series, we speak with members of companies and developers of key technologies on the ground who are getting the job done here on Earth for the space and satellite industry. The first episode features a...

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    In this podcast series, we speak with members of companies and developers of key technologies on the ground who are getting the job done here on Earth for the space and satellite industry. The first episode features a conversation between SSPI Director of Development and Innovation Lou Zacharilla and Alex Donnison, Manager of Business Development at ETL Systems, Ltd. Alex talks about some of the opportunities he has studied for ETL and how the company provides key RF technology improvements for the industry.

    Alex Donnison is Manager of Business Development at ETL Systems, Ltd., a position he has held since 2016. A graduate of the University of Wales with a Bachelors of Science in Applied Physics, Alex spends much of his time at ETL looking at strategic business opportunities for the company in the satellite ground segment. ETL Systems is a UK-based company that designs and manufactures RF equipment. It is considered one of the leading manufacturers of key components, having won three Queen Awards for Enterprise in the United Kingdom. Alex's early career was in naval rader ESM/ECM, followed by more than 30 years' experience in international sales. His more recent defense industry experience has been with Cobham in the CIED EW market and with Q-Par Angus Ltd. in land and naval EW antennas. Before joining ETL, Alex worked in the aerospace industry with Techtest Ltd., where he was involved in the sales of airborne antennas and emergency location equipment to both military and commercial users and OEMs.

     

          

     

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    In season 2 of the popular Space for All podcast series, we continue to explore the question of inclusion: examining the ways in which we make space and satellite accessible as a service, as a technology and as an idea. In the final episode of season 2, SSPI Membership Director Tamara Bond-Williams sits down for a “slice of life” conversation with Dr. Gladys B. West – the industry’s first African-American woman inducted into the Space and Satellite Hall of Fame and one of the “hidden figures” behind GPS.

    Dr. Gladys B. West served as a mathematician at the Naval Proving Ground (now the Naval Surface Warfare Center) in Dahlgren, VA for forty-two years before her retirement in 1998. During her long career, she led a multi-year project that created a mathematical model of unprecedented accuracy of the shape of Earth, which proved to be a critical building block in the development of Global Positioning by Satellite.

    In 1956, she became the second-ever black woman hired to work at the Naval Proving Ground in Dahlgren, VA. She initially served as a programmer in the Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division for large-scale computers and also as project manager for data-processing systems used in the analysis of satellite data. During this time, she also earned her second Masters degree from the University of Oklahoma, this time in Public Administration. In the early 1960s, Dr. West worked on an award-winning astronomical study that demonstrated the regularity of Pluto's motion relative to Neptune. Her work on the astronomical study led Dr. West to begin analyzing data from satellites to put together altimeter-based models of Earth's shape. Based on this work, her supervisor recommended her for the position of project manager for the Seasat radar altimetry project, using the first satellite that could remotely sense oceans. Read more about Dr. West.

     

       

     

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    In season 2 of the popular Space for All podcast series, we continue to explore the question of inclusion: examining the ways in which we make space and satellite...

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    In season 2 of the popular Space for All podcast series, we continue to explore the question of inclusion: examining the ways in which we make space and satellite accessible as a service, as a technology and as an idea. The second episode features a conversation between SSPI Director of Development and Innovation Lou Zacharilla and Aisha Bowe, Founder and CEO of STEMBoard, Lon Levin, Vice President of New Ventures at Lockheed Martin Space and Reina Buenconsejo, Ph.D. student at California Institute of Technology and a member of the 20 Under 35 cohort of 2020. Aisha, Lon and Reina speak about their experiences with allies and mentors in the industry and what they learned from them.

    Aisha Bowe is the Founder and CEO of STEMBoard, a tech company that specializes in utilizing big data to create smart systems and software solutions for clients across the public and private sectors. As CEO, Aisha leads a workforce of engineers and programmers in the development of innovative solutions to societal challenges. The LINGO coding kit is but one example of the success of her approach. Designed and developed by STEMBoard, LINGO is a fun and engaging way for students to learn basic coding and engineering concepts at home. Prior to founding STEMBoard, she was an Aerospace Engineer at the NASA Ames Research Center where she focused on miniaturized satellites and aircraft trajectory optimization. Aisha has received numerous awards for her dedication to technical excellence and the principles of diversity and opportunity, including: The 40 Under 40: Tech Diversity – Silicon Valley; the U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce Emerging Star Award; and NASA’s Engineering Honor Award. She is a member of the National Society of Black Engineers, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and the Industry Advisory Board for the Aerospace Engineering Department at the University of Michigan.

    Lon Levin is Vice President of New Ventures at Lockheed Martin Space. In his current position, he is responsible for developing new businesses and markets for the company. Previously, Lon was the President and Chief Executive Officer of GEOshare, an entrepreneurial subsidiary of Lockheed Martin that developed new satellite and space businesses. He has 30 years experience as an executive and entrepreneur in the telecommunications, media, and aerospace industries. Before joining Lockheed Martin, Lon co-founded XM Satellite Radio and played an integral executive role in the formation and development of other media, satellite, and wireless companies, including Mobile Satellite Ventures, XM Canada, Slacker Radio, American Mobile Satellite Corporation, TerraStar Networks, and SkySevenVentures. Before his corporate career, Lon was a partner in the law firm of Gurman, Kurtis, Blask & Freedman, specializing in space and satellite law. He holds five telecommunication satellite patents. Lon serves on the Board of Directors of The Planetary Society (Treasurer) and the Board of Governors of the National Space Society. He is a co-founder and senior advisor to Arizona State University’s MILO Space Science Institute. Lon previously served on the Board of Directors of the Space Foundation, the Defense Business Board of the U.S. Department of Defense) and the Human Exploration and Operations Committee of the NASA Advisory Council. He is a founding board member of the Satellite Industry Association.

    Reina Buenconsejo is a PhD student in the Chemistry Department at the California Institute of Technology after completing her undergraduate studies in chemistry at Pomona College. Her undergraduate thesis explored the formation of organic matter and its implications for atmospheric chemistries on Titan. In her current program, Reina studies the role of volatile chemical products (VPCs) in air quality, with a specific focus on developing photooxidation mechanisms for VCPs leading up to formation of secondary organic aerosol (SOA). She spent three years as a Science Policy Fellow at the Institute for Defense Analysis (IDA) Science and Technology Policy Institute (STPI) before entering her PhD program, where she contributed to tasks on domestic and international science and technology policy issues for federal agencies, including the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, NASA, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the Department of Defense.  During her time as an STPI Fellow, Reina served as task leader for a White House project on the launch of space nuclear power and propulsion systems. The report her team produced, “Launch Approval Processes for the Space Nuclear Power and Propulsion Enterprise,” was one of the best-received publications from STPI in 2019, and it directly informed the development of a recent Presidential Memorandum on launch of spacecraft containing space nuclear systems. Reina was a member of the 20 Under 35 cohort of 2020. Read more about Reina.

     

          

     

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    In season 2 of the popular Space for All podcast series, we continue to explore the question of inclusion: examining the ways in which we make space and satellite accessible as a service, as a technology and as an idea. The fifth episode features a conversation between SSPI Director of Development and Innovation Lou Zacharilla, Betty Bonnardel-Azzarelli, Founder and CEO of AB5 Consulting, Ltd. and Bhanu Durvasula, Vice President at Hughes Network Systems. Betty and Bhanu talk about how space and satellite can empower people in underserved rural areas to participate in the global economy while remaining in the communities they so deeply value.

    Betty Bonnardel-Azzarelli is the Founder and CEO of AB5 Consulting, Ltd. and the award-winning SME Farmer Charlie. She has extensive international experience in the high tech, aerospace, satellite, energy, nuclear, transport, and defense industries, for both public and private sectors. Betty has strong skills and experience in strategy, business, regulatory, highly complex and technical project/program management, contract and bid management, change and risk management and business development. Before founding AB5 Consulting, she served for over 20 years at DGA (Direction générale de l'armement) as Supply Chain Project Manager - Satellite Space Segment and then Project Manager Tendering - Sea Defense System on board Frigate, and she still serves today as Ingenieur de l'Armement. Betty is the Chair of SSPI's UK Chapter, a position she has held for 4 years. She has served in a variety of other leadership roles outside work, including as a board member for International Women in Engineering and Science, Vice Chair and member of the Executive Committe for Women in Nuclear UK and Project Manager Nuclear Transport Regulations for the World Nuclear Transport Institute.

    Bhanu Durvasula is Vice President at Hughes Network Systems. He leads the company’s international product and operations team, responsible for product line management of satellite broadband systems. In his 30+ years at Hughes, Mr. Durvasula has held a variety of leadership roles in engineering and product development for solutions including, among others: cellular backhaul over satellite, Mobile Satellite Systems (MSS) ground networks; and point-to-multipoint wireless products for terrestrial cell backhaul and last-mile access. Most recently, Mr. Durvasula’s efforts have been focused on satellite network technology for community Wi-Fi hotspot and cellular backhaul solutions in support of the company’s efforts to bring connectivity to unserved and underserved areas of the world. He holds several patents, both issued and pending. Mr. Durvasula earned a Master of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Consumers, businesses, governments and communities around the world benefit from the connected experiences enabled by Hughes technologies and services.

     

          

     

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    In season 2 of the popular Space for All podcast series, we continue to explore the question of inclusion: examining the ways in which we make space and satellite...

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    In season 2 of the popular Space for All podcast series, we continue to explore the question of inclusion: examining the ways in which we make space and satellite accessible as a service, as a technology and as an idea. The fourth episode features a conversation between SSPI Director of Development and Innovation Lou Zacharilla, Stephen Hampton, Manager of Government Affairs at Telesat and Josh Mejia, Executive Director of the Brownsville Community Improvement Corporation. Stephen and Josh talk about how the space and satellite industry became the engine for the factory floors of Quebec and Brownsville.

    Stephen Hampton is Manager of Government Affairs at Telesat, a position he has held for over 2 years. In February 2021, the Quebec government announced that it will invest 400 million Canadian dollars in Telesat’s Lightspeed LEO communications network and MDA will produce the constellation's phased array antennas in the province. The Lightspeed program aims to create 600 high-paying STEM jobs, leverage Quebec's existing aerospace expertise and infrastructure and allow the province the harness the significant economic growth from the burgeoning new space economy. Operating under its international priority Ka-band spectrum rights, Telesat’s Lightspeed will redefine global satellite connectivity with ubiquitous, affordable, high-capacity links with fiber-like speeds. Prior to joining Telesat, Stephen served as Senior Project Manager at TELUS, a Consultant for Crestview Strategy and a Senior Fellow at CJPAC. Outside of work, he has been a volunteer with Lanark County Interval House working to combat violence against women and children for 16 years.

    Josh Mejia is Executive Director of the Brownsville Community Improvement Corporation, a position he has held for over 2 years. In April 2021, Brownsville announced that Space Channel, Inc., a news and entertainment channel dedicated to space, will locate its new studio operations there, moving from Los Angeles to the Rio Grande Valley as part of a new media and economic development partnership with the city. The new studio will support Space Channel's international network by focusing on Brownsville's space-related infrastructure and its growing role in the greater space industry. Josh is a results-oriented and highly motivated strategic leader with over 10 years of extensive experience in accomplishing remarkable results in economic development, marketing and government relations. He is highly skilled in strategic planning, organizing, communications and economic development functions from conception to completion, including focuses in entrepreneurship and small business development. He previously served in Marketing and Small Business Development for the Brownsville Community Improvement Corporation after founding his own company Mejia & Company to provide freelance economic development strategies for rural, small and mid-sized communities. Josh has achieved success throughout his career in strategic budgeting, human capital development, cross-departmental project management, government relations, communications and data analytics. His other experience includes serving as Director of Government Relations for the Pivot Group, Creative Director for RGV | Spotlight and Business Operations Manager at Apple, among other positions.

     

          

     

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    In season 2 of the popular Space for All podcast series, we continue to explore the question of inclusion: examining the ways in which we make space and satellite accessible...

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    In season 2 of the popular Space for All podcast series, we continue to explore the question of inclusion: examining the ways in which we make space and satellite accessible as a service, as a technology and as an idea. The third episode features a conversation between SSPI Director of Development and Innovation Lou Zacharilla and George John, Associate at Hogan Lovells, Sanjay Nekkanti, Founder of Dhruva Space and Kathryn Martin, Co-Founder and Director of Access Partnership. George, Sanjay and Kathryn talk about regulation: is it working to reduce risk, enable success and allow for equal and fair operations or have regulatory frameworks from the past reduced opportunities for startups, minorities and new forms of satellite technology?

    George John’s space obsession stemmed from his frustrations with the insufficient connectivity options available to his family in India and the resulting limited interactions. Researching potential solutions revealed some eye-catchers:  nearly three to four billion individuals lack access to basic broadband internet, and perhaps only satellites can meaningfully close this digital divide. At Hogan Lovells, George now supports myriad space-related ventures, including helping companies obtain National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration remote sensing licenses and Federal Communications Commission (FCC) radiofrequency (RF) licenses for broadband and Internet-of-Things connectivity, meteorological and land surface monitoring, hosted payload, and on-orbit satellite servicing solutions. He also advocates before regulatory agencies on matters such as orbital debris mitigation and RF spectrum sharing and negotiates RF spectrum rights internationally. Recently, he participated as one of the youngest credentialed U.S delegates at the month-long International Telecommunication Union World Radiocommunication Conference in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, where he successfully garnered U.S. and international support for increasing RF spectrum availability for small satellite operators deploying spacecraft sized no larger than a wine bottle. George was a member of the 20 Under 35 cohort of 2020. Read more about George.

    Sanjay Nekkanti is a seasoned entrepreneur in the space industry with rich experience of working with start-ups and mid sized businesses building products and services in the area of Small Satellites, Satcom Technologies, Sensors & Connected Devices. He founded Dhruva Space in 2012 with a vision to lead the privatization of satellite industry in India. Dhruva Space is currently developing an indigenous small satellite platform with a primary focus on assembly, integration, testing and operation of satellites. Before founding his current company, Sanjay worked in a variety of positions in the industry, including serving as Vice President at Comsat systems pvt.ltd, Head of Business Development at Exseed Space and Advisor and later Director of Stragety and Business Development at Thybolt. He currently serves as Advisor for Strategic Partnerships at Savitri Aquamonk. Sanjay was part of the team that built India's first private satellite as well as the team that built the Velox series of satellites from Singapore.

    Kathryn Martin is a uniquely skilled technology industry leader with over 25-years’ experience with a highly sought-after combination of an engineer’s technical understanding of telecommunications and ICT, a strategist’s ability to navigate global public policy and regulatory processes and a business leader’s success managing a small business, securing customers, and developing new business opportunities. She is a co-founder of Access Partnership, an international regulatory, technical and policy consultancy. Kathryn has served as an expert on US delegations to ITU conferences and has supported many of the largest tech and satellite companies in the world to meet their business and market access objectives. Before co-founding Access Partnership and becoming Director, she served as Director at Iridium LLC and an Electronics Engineer and Policy Officer at the U.S. Department of State.

     

          

     

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    In season 2 of the popular Space for All podcast series, we continue to explore the question of inclusion: examining the ways in which we make space and satellite accessible as a service, as a technology and as an idea. The season premiere features a conversation between SSPI Director of Development and Innovation Lou Zacharilla and Actor/Producer Cas Anvar from the Amazon hit series The Expanse. Cas compares the harshness of space and COVID-19 and asks the industry to bring its humanity to wherever the future takes us.

    Cas Anvar is an actor and producer who has been working in the industry for the past 20 years. He founded The Shakespeare company in Montreal, Canada called Repercussion Theatre. Cas recently finished his last season on the hit Amazon show The Expanse, in which he played Alex Kamal, a martian-born transport pilot. He has starred in a variety of other movies and TV series, including the Oscar-nominated Room & Argo and The Operative. For his roles in The Lie and How to Get Away with Murder, Cas was nominated for two Emmy Awards in 2020. He also starred in The Strain TV series.

     

          

     

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    Space is expensive. It will require enormous investments, total adaptability, innovation and experimentation - not to mention behavioral changes - the likes of which the engineering...

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    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 plan to explore these questions and more.

    We would also like to hear your thoughts and suggestions on the subject for future episodes in the coming months. Please take a moment to submit your suggestions via this survey.

    In the first episode of this series, SSPI Director of Development and Innovation Lou Zacharilla speaks with Brittany Zimmerman, CEO and Chief of Innovation at Yummet. Brittany helps us start figuring out what the economics of creating some space for space looks like.

    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.

     

          

     

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    In season 2 of the popular Risk podcast series, we continue exploring the various types of risks inherent in the industry and in life - risks that speak to innovation, hard work and leaning into fear. This sixth and final episode of the new season features a conversation between SSPI Director of Development and Innovation Lou Zacharilla, entrepreneur Gagan Agrawal, PwC India Senior Director Saurabh Bhattacharya and USIBC Senior Director of the Digital Economy, Media, Entertainment and Satcom Jay Gullish. Gagan, Saurabh and Jay talk about what’s next for the space & satellite industry in India.

    Gagan Agrawal has worked in many disciplines throughout the industry, from product development to launch system engineering to finance. Most recently, he served as Senior Analyst and Satcom Finance Practice Lead for 4 years at Northern Sky Research (NSR). Prior to that position, he worked in Strategy and Market Intelligence at SES and as a Project Manager for the Indian Space Research Organization. Gagan is also an accomplished entrepreneur, having founded EdRAHI to build teacher-centric, skill-focusecd and AI-enabled solutions to help those without access to quality education in India. He also co-founded Rocketeers, a model rocketry workshop to promote aerospace outside the classroom. In his newest venture, Gagan is diving deep into Electric Vehicles and Geospatial ML.

    Saurabh Bhattacharya is the Senior Director at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) India in Bangalore, a position he has held for 7 years, where he leads a team within the government and public sector practice dedicated to the space sector. He oversees strategy, socio-economic impacts, governance and data analytics projects across the industry's many layers. Before his current position, Saurabh also served as a Senior and then Principal Consultant for PwC. Prior to joining PwC, he held positions as Associate Director at Grant Thorton India, Technical Manager at RAM Informatics Limited and as a Consultant for Sunrise Systems.

    Jay Gullish is the Senior Director of the Digital Economy, Media, Entertainment and Satcom for the US-India Business Council (USIBC), a position he has held for 4 years. Founded in 1975 at the request of the U.S. and Indian governments, the USIBC is the leading business advocacy organization for the two space-faring nations. Jay has passionately promoted digital development across the globe in many sectors, including satellite communications. He served as Senior Economic Advisor on ICT and Trade at the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi. Jay has held a wide variety of stragetic positions throughout his 25-year career in the industry, including Director of Space & Telecommunications for Futron and Director of Strategy & Markety for Network Programs (India). He has also served as a Consultant for VNCI, the Asia Foundation, Verizon, IBM and AT&T. Jay was one of the founders of SSPI’s India Chapter.

     

          

     

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    In season 2 of the popular Risk podcast series, we continue exploring the various types of risks inherent in the industry and in life - risks that speak to innovation, hard work and leaning into fear. This fifth episode of the new season features a conversation between SSPI Director of Development and Innovation Lou Zacharilla, Katherine Gizinski, CEO of ManSat, and Carol Craig, founder and CEO of Craig Technologies. Katherine and Carol talk about entrepreneurship’s hidden traps and how to avoid them on the way to success.

    Katherine Gizinski is the Chief Executive Officer of ManSat. ManSat provides global ITU spectrum filing service for all types of satellites as well as a range of value-add consultancy services that can help entrepreneurs and satellite operators manage their complex business environment. Before becoming CEO in October 2020, Katherine served first as Vice President of Sales and Marketing and then as Chief Commercial Officer. Prior to ManSat, she spent three years as Sales Director for Mission Mobility and more than two years as Airtime Accounts Manager for Kratos Defense and Security Solutions. Katherine is a member of SSPI’s Board of Directors.

    Carol Craig is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Craig Technologies. Headquartered in Cape Canavaral, Florida, Craig Technologies is a nationwide engineering, tech and manufacturing firm that provides services to government and commercial customers. Craig Technologies, founded in 1999, supports the International Space Station in partnership with Craig Technologies Aerospace Solutions, which Carol also founded in 2012. In addition to her work with Craig Technologies, Carol is also a council member for the Florida High Tech Corridor Council, a board member of Enterprise Florida and the founder of the Danny Craig Foundation, which administers funds for children’s health disorders.

     

          

     

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    In season 2 of the popular Risk podcast series, we continue exploring the various types of risks inherent in the industry and in life - risks that speak to innovation, hard work and leaning into fear. This fourth episode of the new season features a conversation between SSPI Director of Development and Innovation Lou Zacharilla, Dr. Sandy Tirtey, Director of Global Commercial Launch Services at Rocket Lab and Alan Thompson, Head of Government Affairs at Skyrora. Dr. Tirtey and Alan talk about the risks inherent in launch and how both Rocket Lab and Skyrora are mitigating those risks to bring the benefits of space access to their home countries and beyond. 

    Dr. Sandy Tirtey is Director of Global Commercial Launch Services at Rocket Lab. In this role, which he has held for nearly two years, he is responsible for the planning, development, implementation, management and construction of hypersonic flight vehicles. Before his current position, Dr. Tirtey served in a variety of roles at Rocket Lab, including Launch Director, Director of Business Development Australia, and Vehicle Team Lead and Vice President of Vehicle Systems for the Orbital Program. Prior to joining Rocket Lab in 2013, he worked for four years as a scientist and Technical Lead and Project Manager of Scramspace I at the University of Queensland. Dr. Tirtey has a Masters Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Faculté Polytechnique de Mons and a Ph.D. in Aerospace, Hypersonics from the von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics.

     Alan Thompson is Head of Government Affairs at Skyrora. In this role, he supports launch vehicle manufacturing at the company, whose eventual aim is to provide regular access to space from the UK. Alan is responsible for managing and engaging with all key stakeholders across the industry and government, including the Parliamentary Space Committee, industry associations such as UK Space and Scottish Space Leadership Council, and government authorities such as flight regulators UKSA and CAA. He has a background in international trade and development.

     

     

          

     

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    On International Women’s Day 2021, SSPI is pleased to present the third episode of the popular Risk podcast series, featuring a roundtable conversation moderated by SSPI President Nicole Robinson, President of URSA Space Systems. Guests include KISPE Space’s Anita Bernie, The Boeing Company’s Jomya Lei and Isotropic Networks’ Melissa Orlick. These four women of space & satellite talk about the risks inherent in simply being a woman trying to grow and make a difference in the industry.

    Nicole Robinson is President of URSA Space Systems, a position she took on in February of 2021. In her previous role as Senior Vice President of Global Government for SES Networks, she was responsible for the company’s global business portfolio of government customers in the areas of defense, security, humanitarian, federal, civilian and institutional organizations. Nicole also serves as Chairman of the Board of Redu Space Services and Director of the LuxGovSat Board of Directors. She served in a variety of executive roles during her 12 years at SES, including leading teams in the areas of government product development, sales and business development, government affairs and marketing. Before joining SES, she served as leader of the Strategic Communications function for the U.S. Joint Forces Command’s Standing Joint Force Headquarters (SJFHQ). In 2012, she received a Promise Award from SSPI as a leader among the 20 Under 35. Nicole is the President of SSPI’s Board of Directors.

     Anita Bernie is head of Strategy and Business Execution at KISPE Space Systems Limited, a position she has held since October of 2018. Her responsibilities include supporting the growth of capabilities and opportunities to enable teams to leverage the benefits of space and space-enabled systems and knowledge - and to make difficult challenges a reality. Anita is also a member of the Board of Directors at AAC Clyde Space and an Honorary Group Captain in the Royal Air Force 601 Squadron. She has had many papers and presentations published in the annual proceedings of space conferences, including the AIAA International Astronautics Congress, AIAA/USU Conference on Small Satellites, Space Foundation Space Symposium, IEEE Aerospace Conference and the European Space Agency. Before joining KISPE, Anita served in a number of roles at Surrey Satellite Technology Limited, including Director of Exploration Missions and Director of Platforms and Demonstration missions. She has an MBA from Kingston Business School and an Aerospace Engineering Degree from Kingston University.

     Jomya Lei is Lead Payload Systems Engineer at The Boeing Company. She began her career at Boeing in 2013 as a Systems Engineer. Her responsibilities include interfacing with customers, suppliers, cross-functional team members and senior leadership to execute on the project spanning the entire lifecycle: negotiating low-level designs, managing system risks/opportunities, product manufacturing and specification validation/verification. Jomya was an instrumental member of the team that negotiated Boeing’s Kacific partnership and joined the program team once it was secured. She currently serves as Lead Payload Systems Engineer on the Kacific-1 and JCSAT-18 programs, which aim to provide affordable broadband communications to Japan and countries in the Pacific and Southeast Asia. Jomya works directly with the SKY Perfect JSAT and Kacific customers, leads design trades, performs analyses to optimize the performance and manufacturability of the payload, validates technical payload performance and manages cost, schedule and risk for the payload systems engineering teams. She has helped Kacific evaluate and implement various late-design changes to provide additional gateway and flexibility to the Kacific payload with minimal impact to scheduling and cost, allowing the company to adjust for its evolving business plans. Jomya is a member of the 2019 20 Under 35 cohort.

     Melissa Orlick is Director of Maritime Communications at Isotropic Networks, Inc. Melissa joined Isotropic Networks in 2011, and is the driving force behind the converged communications provider’s maritime division. Being dedicated to providing the best customer service, from sales to technical support, Melissa has always been ever focused on understanding the unique requirements of her clients in the seafaring community. Within two years of joining Isotropic, Melissa was able to use this mastery to quickly build a network of cross-functional relationships with numerous businesses and dealer partners across the maritime industry. These relationships continue to contribute to Isotropic’s ability to always meet all clients’ needs, and allow Melissa to create tailored service plans that are uniquely both flexible and affordable. Melissa then leveraged her network of industry partners to form Isotropic’s yachting division. In the seven years since she created the division, Isotropic’s maritime market has grown from a handful of vessels to more than one hundred in operation. Thanks to her efforts, the company is now viewed as a major player in the yachting market, with a reputation for flexibility, reliability and valuable service. Melissa is a member of the 2020 20 Under 35 cohort.

     

          

     

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    In season 2 of the popular Risk podcast series, we continue exploring the various types of risks inherent in the industry and in life - risks that speak to innovation, hard work and leaning into fear. This second episode of the new season features a conversation between SSPI Director of Development and Innovation Lou Zacharilla and James Hinds, CEO of Airbus OneWeb Satellites. James talks about how to best manage and overcome challenges even when facing the unexpected.

    James Hinds is the CEO of Airbus OneWeb Satellites, a position he was appointed to in January 2021. He has over 30 years of leadership and engineering experience in the space and satellite industries. Prior to his previous role as COO of Airbus OneWeb Satellites at the end of 2019, he spent four years with Airbus Defence and Space in Toulouse, France, where he was responsible for strategic planning of its Space Systems business. Before that, he worked with Airbus and Boeing (and predecessor companies) in satellite engineering, production and project management. Notable achievements include his responsibilities as Airbus program manager for the Hylas 1 satellite (a joint Airbus/India Space Research Organisation programme); director responsible for payload research and development at Airbus including digital processors, active antennas and amplifier development; and as the lead verification engineer of Boeing’s 601HP satellite series.

     

          

     

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    In season 2 of the popular Risk podcast series, we continue exploring the various types of risks inherent in the industry and in life - risks that speak to innovation, hard work and leaning into fear. This first episode of the new season features a conversation between SSPI Director of Development and Innovation Lou Zacharilla and Jon Maron, Vice President of Marketing and Communication at Kymeta Corporation. Jon talks about the risks inherent in building a new connectivity business model and the steps Kymeta is taking to ensure the payoff is well worthwhile.

    Jon Maron is Vice President of Marketing and Communications at Kymeta Corporation. He brings more than 20 years of marketing, public relations, product management and sales experience to his role as a senior marketer. Jon has a proven record of building brands, operational excellence and growing market share that delivers an integrated marketing strategy and plan for segments as defined by the needs of the business and across the technology industry.

    Jon is a long-time operating company, consultant and agency marketing exec, having held senior leadership positions at international organizations such as HTC, Coinme, INRIX, Mitsubishi, Sony Ericsson, TCL Corp, LG, Ketchum and W20 among others driving brand, retail sales, corporate partnerships, acquisition, retention and revenue. Jon also holds an MBA from The Albers School of Business and Economics at Seattle University.

     

          

     

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    In this podcast, SSPI Director of Development and Innovation Lou Zacharilla speaks with Prateep Basu, Co-Founder and CEO of SatSure AG, who accepted a Better Satellite World Award on behalf of SatSure in December 2020. Prateep talks about the challenges SatSure has faced and the triumphs it has achieved while working to provide timely data to farmers in remote regions that can make the difference between success and despair.

    Prateep Basu is the Co-Founder and CEO of SatSure AG. He co-founded SatSure in 2017 and has served first as Global Head of Strategy and Partnerships and then as CEO for the past 1.5 years. Prateep is also a Board Member for Nodd App. Before co-founding SatSure, he served as an analyst at Northern Sky Research and as a scientist at ISRO. Prateep is a graduate of the Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology, the International Space University and Stanford University. He accepted a Better Satellite World Award on behalf of SatSure at the 2020 Better Satellite World Awards Celebration.

    SatSure AG is a DeepTech space applications startup that provides spatial decision intelligence to banking and insurance clients around the world. Their proprietary platform SatSure SPARTA uses satellite imagery, IoT and weather data among others, analysed using various Artificial Intelligence algorithms, to generate usable data insights for banking customers to help them better manage their agriculture portfolios and reduce the non-performing assets through efficient loan recoveries, increase their lending and financial inclusion mandate by adding new customers, planning their market expansion as well as bundling insurance products to protect their portfolio from climate change effects. SatSure’s alternate data-based insights help financial institutions create efficient risk policy and underwriting, enabling access to finance for even smallholder farmers, who have traditionally not been part of any institutional lending. And its product suite SatSure SAGE is helping these lenders provide better customer experience for such farmers even in the remotest regions of India, by accelerating the onboarding process, enabling higher range of products and different interest rates to choose from, bundling farm management advisories, and helping build an empathetic approach to customer relationship in the event of defaults caused due to natural or market volatility events. Read more about SatSure.

     

          

     

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