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    Summer is a time for fun in the sun, for vacations, hobbies and taking a step back from the usual business of the industry. In this podcast series, we check in on what people in the...

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    Summer is a time for fun in the sun, for vacations, hobbies and taking a step back from the usual business of the industry. In this podcast series, we check in on what people in the industry are doing this summer, what they’re thinking about for the fall as they head out on vacation and what they’re planning to do to when they return to make a better satellite world.

    Unlike most trade associations, SSPI has Groupies! The origin story of SSPI allegedly begins in a bar with a band of satellite enthusiasts who called themselves the “Satellite Groupies.” In this podcast, we get the real scoop from some of the folks who made up that original group – and learn from them what the pioneering days of the satellite industry were like and what lessons they can share with us today. SSPI invites you to join Membership Director Tamara Bond-Williams for this two-part conversation with the Satellite Groupies.

    The Original Satellite Groupies include:

    • Lynn Fischer is living in Kentucky where she is Founder & CEO Catalyst Learning and still applying lessons learned about how to apply technology to expand access to education.
    • Polly Hollis is retired, living in North Carolina. Ever the organizer, Polly is a member of three book clubs, two bridge clubs, a gourmet cooking group, a gardening group, She chairs a wine appreciation group and have started a new dinner and wine group called the Wineaux.
    • Susan Irwin is still residing in Washington DC, in Georgetown where at least one Groupies meeting convened. She’s semi-retired, working on being more retired eventually. These days, Sue is Consulting, Managing Director of Euroconsult and volunteering with Geeks without Frontiers.
    • Irl “Bucky” Marshall splits his retirement time between Arizona and Colorado. He keeps himself busy playing music and working at a food bank.
    • Bill Page is living in Virginia and is active in Industry as VP Salés North America for Novelsat.
    • Joe Pelton is living in Virginia. Joe is active in the industry as a consultant and author. His 54th book, Space and Sustainability, comes out in September and his 55th, Space Safety Study of NASA Launch Systems, releases at the end of the year. Joe is Chair of the Board of the Alliance for Collaboration in Exploration of Space (ACES) and the Executive Board International Association for the Advancement of Space Safety, Editor for the Journal of Space Safety Engineering (JSSE), a member of the Editorial Board of Space Policy and Advisor to Theia Communications.
    • Mack Schwing is retired and splits time between Arizona and California. He is currently active in the Wine industry, as part owner of a company that teaches wine industry professionals to sell wine.
    • Del Smith, living in Maryland, is hyper-active! He is currently serving as general counsel for a Lunar Development Company, which is in stealth mode.  

    The Groupies have since expanded to include:

    • Mary Frost Distler, living in New Jersey, volunteers at Duke Farms. She previously taught officers at Ft. Meade Defense Information School.
    • Arlene Krebs lives out in California, She is currently serving on Boards of Directors, grant writing/consulting for orgs involved in providing computers & broadband to low income individuals, consulting and helping orgs for those experiencing food insecurity and homelessness and working in the arts. Arlene was on the Board of Directors of the Arts Council for Monterey County for 9 years, 2 of those years as President of the Board. She is also creating events, fundraising, and serving the community.
    • Penelope Longbottom is currently living in Virginia and is actively retired, keeping busy with travel, fitness and mentoring young professionals.
    • Peter Marshall is retired and living in England, where he continues to work with fellow groupie Joe Pelton on space-related books and is a published author of two spy novels.

     

       

     

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    Summer is a time for fun in the sun, for vacations, hobbies and taking a step back from the usual business of the industry. In this podcast series, we check in on what people in the industry are doing this summer, what they’re thinking about for the fall as they head out on vacation and what they're planning to do to when they return to make a better satellite world.

    Those of you who attended the Better Satellite World Celebration last December know that the typically festive event had a moment of controversy when both Santa Claus and Father Christmas showed up. Santa had lost an election to return as the man of Christmas, while Father Christmas, with a lot more savvy when it came to getting around the world via satellite, was about to be installed.

    The controversy, for some reason, has continued. No one is quite sure why, but today we are visiting with the ex-Santa Claus to see what he’s up to this summer.

    For more information about Santa Claus (Mike Richardson), please visit www.somdentertainment.com.

     

       

     

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    Summer is a time for fun in the sun, for vacations, hobbies and taking a step back from the usual business of the industry. In this podcast...

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    Summer is a time for fun in the sun, for vacations, hobbies and taking a step back from the usual business of the industry. In this podcast series, we check in on what people in the industry are doing this summer, what they’re thinking about for the fall as they head out on vacation and what they're planning to do to when they return to make a better satellite world. The sixth episode of the 2021 Summer Fun series features a conversation between SSPI Director of Development and Innovation Lou Zacharilla and David Hershberg, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board STS Global Inc. and member of the Space & Satellite Hall of Fame. Lou checks in with David on his summer plans and how he’s enjoying the beaches and weather out in his home of Long Island, New York.

    David E. Hershberg is Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board STS Global Inc. Mr. Hershberg, a telecommunication industry leader and serial entrepreneur, has over 40 years of experience in the industry. He has recently sold Globecomm Systems Inc. which he founded in 1994 and was CEO for 19 years for $340 Million. During his tenure as Globecomm CEO, David Hershberg significantly grew the company infrastructure and service business and received multiple entrepreneurial achievement awards. Previously he was also CEO of Satellite Transmission Systems, a company he founded in 1976, that was sold for $120 Million when he left in 1994. Both companies employed over 400 people when he left. Mr. Hershberg began his career as one of the engineers responsible for designing the hotline between Moscow and Washington DC that was used for negotiations during the Cold War. He is a member of the Space & Satellite Hall of Fame, inducted in 2003. Learn more about Mr. Hershberg.

     

       

     

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    Summer is a time for fun in the sun, for vacations, hobbies and taking a step back from the usual business of the industry. In this podcast...

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    Summer is a time for fun in the sun, for vacations, hobbies and taking a step back from the usual business of the industry. In this podcast series, we check in on what people in the industry are doing this summer, what they’re thinking about for the fall as they head out on vacation and what they're planning to do to when they return to make a better satellite world. The fifth episode of the 2021 Summer Fun series features a conversation between SSPI Director of Development and Innovation Lou Zacharilla and Derek Edinger, brewer and co-founder of Brewery Ardennes and former Chief Strategy Officer and co-founder of Ursa Space. Lou checks in with Derek on his summer plans and learns a bit about Brewery Ardennes and its excellent Belgian-style beers.

    Derek Edinger is the brewer and co-founder of Brewery Ardennes, a craft brewery and hospitality destination in the New York Finger Lakes region. Their mission is to offer traditional and approachable Belgian-style beers in a unique and upscale setting. He is also an advisor and consultant to the satellite remote sensing, data analytics, and satellite technology and manufacturing industry. Derek was most recently Chief Strategy Officer and Co-founder of Ursa Space, a U.S.-based satellite intelligence company that provides business and government decision-makers access to on-demand analytic solutions. Prior to co-founding Ursa Space, he held senior management and engineering positions at Maxar (formerly Space/Systems Loral), Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Center, and Raytheon (formerly Texas Instruments) where he was responsible for management of satellite technology research and development, satellite programs, advanced spacecraft materials and structures research, RF filter/multiplexer engineering and manufacturing, advanced antenna development, and structural design and analysis. As an engineer, Derek was a lead engineer responsible for mechanical design and analysis of advanced, precision spacecraft structures and airborne radar systems. He received a Promise Award from SSPI in 2007.

     

       

     

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    Summer is a time for fun in the sun, for vacations, hobbies and taking a step back from the usual business of the industry. In this podcast series, we check in on what people in the...

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    Summer is a time for fun in the sun, for vacations, hobbies and taking a step back from the usual business of the industry. In this podcast series, we check in on what people in the industry are doing this summer, what they’re thinking about for the fall as they head out on vacation and what they're planning to do to when they return to make a better satellite world. The fourth episode of the 2021 Summer Fun series features a conversation between SSPI Director of Development and Innovation Lou Zacharilla and Kerstin Roost, Director of Global Strategic Partnerships at ST Engineering iDirect and the President of SSPI’;s Luxembourg Chapter. Lou checks in with Kerstin on her summer plans and how she manages to take some time to relax amidst her many responsibilities.

    Kerstin Roost is Director of Global Strategic Partnerships at ST Engineering iDirect. She is also the President of SSPI’s Luxembourg Chapter and was recently elected as Co-Chair of the SSPI-WISE Networking and Swag Working Group as well. In her role at ST Engineering iDirect, Kerstin manages the company's indirect sales channels to better serve ST Engineering iDirect’s partners, customers and their partner networks through integration of all types of capacity and connectivity. Before joining ST Engineering iDirect, she served in a variety of roles at Newtec over the course of 11 years, beginning as a software and support engineer before becoming Public Relations Director and eventually Director of Strategic Partnerships. Kerstin holds an Multimedia Engineering degree from the University of Technology, Business and Design in Wismar, Germany. In 2019, she led the founding of SSPI’s Luxembourg Chapter and continues to serve as its President today.

     

       

     

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    Summer is a time for fun in the sun, for vacations, hobbies and...

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    Summer is a time for fun in the sun, for vacations, hobbies and taking a step back from the usual business of the industry. In this podcast series, we check in on what people in the industry are doing this summer, what they're thinking about for the fall as they head out on vacation and what they're planning to do to when they return to make a better satellite world. The third episode of the 2021 Summer Fun series features a conversation between SSPI Director of Development and Innovation Lou Zacharilla and Dr. David Alexander, Director of the Rice Space Institute and Chair of the Aerospace and Aviation Committe at Greater Houston Partnership. Lou checks in with Professor Alexander on his summer plans, the summer heat in his long-time home of Houston, and how his birth city of Glasgow has become an up-and-coming space hub.

    Dr. David Alexander is the Director of Rice Space Institute at Rice University and Chair of the Aerospace and Aviation Committee at Greater Houston Partnership. He serves as a professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, where his primary area of research is solar astrophysics. As RSI Director, Professor Alexander is responsible for the mission and direction required to develop and achieve the goals and objectives of the institute. He has established a strong Rice presence in the Houston space community and strengthened the institutional ties with the NASA Johnson Space Center, developed partnerships with local aerospace industries and created a strong rapport with local, regional and federal government leaders. Professor Alexander is a member of the Rice Faculty Senate and author of “The Sun” part of the Greenwood Press “Guide to the Universe” Series. He received a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers in 2004 and was appointed a Kavli Frontiers Fellow by the National Academy of Sciences in 2006. Professor Alexander joined the faculty at Rice in 2003 from the Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Center in Palo Alto, California where he was a Staff Physicist working on the development of advanced space missions for solar physics. In 2018, Professor Alexander became an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE). This OBE was awarded to Dr. Alexander “for his services to UK/US links in the space industry and higher education.”

     

       

     

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    Summer is a time for fun in the sun, for vacations, hobbies and taking a step back from the usual business...

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    Summer is a time for fun in the sun, for vacations, hobbies and taking a step back from the usual business of the industry. In this podcast series, we check in on what people in the industry are doing this summer, what they're thinking about for the fall as they head out on vacation and what they're planning to do to when they return to make a better satellite world. The second episode of the 2021 Summer Fun series features a conversation between SSPI Director of Development and Innovation Lou Zacharilla and Dr. Gladys West, retired mathematician and 2021 inductee to the Space & Satellite Hall of Fame. Lou checks in with both Dr. West and her daughter Carolyn about their summer plans and invites them to go surfing with him.

    Dr. Gladys 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. Learn more about Dr. West.

     

       

     

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    Summer is a time for fun in the sun, for vacations, hobbies and taking a step back from the usual business of the industry. In this podcast series, we check in on what people in the industry are doing this summer, what they're thinking about for the fall as they head out on vacation and what they're planning to do to when they return to make a better satellite world. The first episode of the 2021 Summer Fun series features a conversation between SSPI Director of Development and Innovation Lou Zacharilla and Betty Bonnardel-Azzarelli, Founder and CEO of AB5 Consulting, Ltd. and the award-winning SME Farmer Charlie. Lou checks in with Betty on her summer plans and and learns more about how she was recently honored as a Member of the Order of the British Empire by Her Royal Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II!

    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 is an experienced businesswoman, skilled in strategy, 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.

     

       


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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 third and final episode features a conversation between SSPI Director of Development and Innovation Lou Zacharilla and William Mudge, Vice President Engineering Operations at Speedcast; Christopher Boyd, Senior Director for Product Management of Space - Earth Observation & Sensing at Kratos Defense and Security Solutions; and Carlos Placido, Senior Analyst at Northern Sky Research (NSR). Will, Chris and Carlos share insights from their more than 60 years of combined satellite technology, teleport and strategic experience. 

    They discuss the relatively recent emergence of teleport operating companies that own little infrastructure of their own and instead take advantage of advances in cloud performance, advanced data distribution technologies and new satellite-based applications. Through tactical arrangements, fiber links and advanced network management platforms, they aggregate demand from customers and leverage the capital investments of teleports and satellite operators to add a new kind of value to service. The World Teleport Association recently published a report on this topic: 2021 Cloud Forecast for Teleport Operators, that features more insights from major industry players like Will, Chris and Carlos.

     

    Will Mudge is the Vice President Engineering Operations at Speedcast developing global teleport and Low Earth Orbit Constellation strategies. In his current role at Speedcast, he leads a global engineering organization of more than 140 team members and is responsible for a large part of Speedcast’s global infrastructure and the delivery of a positive experience to customers. Prior to his current role, Will served as the Director of Satellite Capacity and Technology at Speedcast, developing global teleport and Low Earth Orbit (LEO) constellation strategies. He also previously served as the R&D engineering lead, as a strategic product marketing manager and program manager at Speedcast (formerly as Harris CapRock). Will holds a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering Physics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

    Chris Boyd is the Senior Director for Product Management of Space - Earth Observation & Sensing at Kratos Defense and Security Solutions, a position he has held for just over 1 year. He is a seasoned solutions architect, technical marketer and product manager with over 20 years of experience in designing, deploying and integrating mission-critical communications systems used in defense. Before joining Kratos, Mr. Boyd served for over 9 years at ST Engineering iDirect, first as a Network Solutions Architect and then as Senior Director, PLM for Strategic Initiatives and Vertical Markets. His earlier experience includes 7 years at Incident Communication Solutions, where he served as Communications Architect and VP of Marketing & Product Development after co-founding the company, 5 years at Cisco Systems as a Technical Marketing Manager and then Network Consulting Engineer and 4 years as the COO and Director of Engineering at Cisco Certified Reseller US Datacom, another enterprise he co-founded.

    Carlos Placido is an independent consultant and senior NSR analyst with over twenty-five years of international experience in telecommunications and entertainment. Joining NSR in 2007 with focus on emerging technologies and satellite markets, he serves as a regional and IP applications expert on satellite communications and regularly provides his analysis and strategic assessment to NSR’s consulting practice. Carlos Placido has conducted numerous analytical and management projects, spanning from global market research studies for NSR, to strategic assessment of emerging technologies, to business development support, R&D and project management. Until 2004, he led a service development team at INTELSAT, where he was responsible for identifying and validating future satcom uses of emerging video and IP data technologies. Prior to INTELSAT, he commenced his career as a network engineer at Impsat (now CenturyLink) and Telecom Argentina. Mr. Placido is also a regular contributor to specialized industry publications.

     

          

     

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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 second episode features a conversation between SSPI Director of Development and Innovation Lou Zacharilla and Katherine Monson, former CEO of Kongsberg Satellite Services (KSAT). Katherine talks about how KSAT and other companies on the ground manage the monumental amount of traffic up in space.

    At the time of recording this podcast, Katherine Monson was the CEO of KSAT, though she has now moved on to other projects, including serving as a mentor for Techstars’ Space Accelerator and a Board Member of the Commercial Smallsat Spectrum Management Association. Before becoming CEO, Katherine served as Head of KSAT USA for 3 and a half years. She began her career in the industry as one of the first employees with Spire Global, where she led the Ground Station Department in building out a network of infrastructure to download data from a constellation of over 40 satellites. Before joining the space & satellite industry, Katherine advised Fortune 500 companies, specializing in high-stakes negotiations and high-impact strategic partnerships. She also served as a Fellow at the U.S. Department of Defense.

     

     

          

     

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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...

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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 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.

     

          

     

    Season 2 of the Space for All podcast series is sponsored by

    SSPI’s Better Satellite World campaign is made possible with the support of our corporate partners