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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, SSPI Director of Development and Innovation Lou Zacharilla checks in with...

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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, SSPI Director of Development and Innovation Lou Zacharilla checks in with Eutelsat Americas’ CEO Mike Antonovich on his summer plans and gets a tour of his wacky shirt collection!

    Mike Antonovich is a globally recognized leader in the managed transmission service industry with over 30 years experience delivering high quality solutions and services to the world's leading media, enterprise and government clients. He is the CEO of Eutelsat Americas, a position he has held for three years, in which he is responsible for all activities for Eutelsat in the Americas and for supporting Americas-based clients on Eutelsat’s global capacity. Mike has served in a variety of leadership roles throughout his career in the industry, including SVP of Global Sales at Media Global Links, SVP and GM for the Americas at ATEME, President & CEO of The SPACECONNECTION and EVP of Global Sales and Marketing at PanAmSat.

    Get your own tour of Mike’s shirt collection in this short video from the interview!

       

     

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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, SSPI Director of Development 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, SSPI Director of Development and Innovation Lou Zacharilla checks in with United Launch Alliance President & CEO Tory Bruno in Colorado about his summer plans and upcoming drone research for exploring Mars.

    Tory Bruno came to the United Launch Alliance (ULA) in 2014 after a long career managing programs for some of the most advanced and powerful weapons systems in the American arsenal. When he was tapped to lead ULA – a joint venture of Lockheed Martin Space Systems and Boeing Defense, Space & Security – the company was at a crossroads. What had been an effective monopoly on national security and NASA missions had turned competitive as new commercial competitors entered the business. Tory launched a major restructuring of the company to improve its customer service, shorten launch cycles and cut launch costs in half – while maintaining its unprecedented 100% success rate on launches. He was inducted into the Space & Satellite Hall of Fame in 2020. Click here to learn more about Tory.

     

       

     

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    In this first episode the Risk podcast series, SSPI Director of Development and Innovation Lou Zacharilla speaks with

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    In this first episode the Risk podcast series, SSPI Director of Development and Innovation Lou Zacharilla speaks with Frank DeMauro, Vice President and General Manager for Tactical Space Systems at Northrop Grumman. This podcast series explores the various types of risks inherent in the industry and in life – risks that speak to innovation, hard work and leaning into fear. In this conversation, Mr. DeMauro discusses how Northrop Grumman assessed and handled the risks of its latest historic achievement – reviving a satellite in orbit.

    Now in his third decade in the business, Frank DeMauro is responsible for the company’s range of satellites and spacecraft. His division’s portfolio includes space programs such as NASA’s commercial resupply services. Prior to serving in his current role, Mr. DeMauro held similar titles in the company’s Innovation Systems Sector, including Senior Program Director and Vice President of Engineering. Mr. DeMauro is a universally respected figure in the industry and a graduate of Rutgers University.

     
     

       

     

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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, SSPI Director of Development 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, SSPI Director of Development and Innovation Lou Zacharilla checks in with Astrophysics Ph.D. student Rebecca Larson on her summer plans and hosting Astronomy on Tap ATX every month!

    Rebecca Larson is a fourth-year Ph.D. student in Astrophysics at the University of Textas in Austin. A veteran with six years experience as an Arab linguist in the United States Air Force, she uses this experience to help connect and support others as Vice President of the UT Student Veterans Assocation. Rebecca is also a National Science Foundation Fellow and the host of Astronomy on Tap ATX.

     

       

     

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    In a conversation with SSPI’s Director of Development and Innovation Lou Zacharilla, The Overview Effect author Frank White talks about...

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    In a conversation with SSPI’s Director of Development and Innovation Lou Zacharilla, The Overview Effect author Frank White talks about his new book, The Cosma Hypothesis, which asks the question: “What is the purpose of human space exploration? Why has humanity evolved to the brink of become a spacefaring species?” He also shares the idea of the “human space program” as a central project that will engage all of us in the process of becoming “citizens of the universe.”

    Frank White has authored or coauthored numerous books on topics ranging from space exploration to climate change to artificial intelligence. His best-known work, The Overview Effect: Space Exploration and Human Evolution, is considered by many to be a seminal work in the field of space exploration. The book is now part of the Overview Trilogy, which also includes The New Camelot and Frank’s latest work, The Cosma Hypothesis.

    Since the first edition of his book on the subject was published in 1987, “the Overview Effect” has become a standard term for describing the spaceflight experience. His work is the inspiration for many creative works, including NASA’s “Down to Earth” series, which was nominated for a Webby Award. A film called “Overview,” based largely on his work, has had nearly 8 million plays on Vimeo.

    Frank is a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard College and a Rhodes Scholar. You can learn more about him and his works at frankwhiteauthor.com.

     

       

     

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    In the second episode of the Mind the Gap podcast series, SSPI Director of Development and Innovation Lou Zacharilla speaks with David Hershberg, Founder, Chairman & CEO of STS Global. This podcast...

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    In the second episode of the Mind the Gap podcast series, SSPI Director of Development and Innovation Lou Zacharilla speaks with David Hershberg, Founder, Chairman & CEO of STS Global. This podcast series focuses on the gaps in our society – economic, social, digital – and how satellite can and is already working to fill them. In this conversation, Mr. Hershberg gives us highlights from his long and impressive career, including the all-important gap he helped to close during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

    David Hershberg is a serial entrepreneur in the satellite industry who founded Globecomm Systems Inc. in 1994 and served as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors from its inception until 2014. He was also Chairman of the Board of Directors of NetSat Express, Inc, a Globecomm subsidiary that specializes in IP satellite connectivity. In 1976, Mr. Hershberg founded Satellite Transmission, Inc. (STS), a provider of satellite ground segment systems and networks. He served as its President until 1994, four years after the 1990 acquisition of STS by California Microwave, Inc. (CMI), now a subsidiary of L3 Communications Corporation.

    In 1998, Mr. Hershberg was presented with the Long Island Entrepreneur of the Year award for Emerging Technology. He founded his latest venture, STS Global, in 2014 and has served as Chairman and CEO for the past five years. Mr. Hershberg was inducted into the Space & Satellite Hall of Fame in 2003 for his achievements. Read more

     

       

     

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    In this Better Satellite World episode of the SSPI podcast, Director of Development and Innovation Lou Zacharilla speaks further with David Hartshorn, CEO of Geeks Without Frontiers,...

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    In this Better Satellite World episode of the SSPI podcast, Director of Development and Innovation Lou Zacharilla speaks further with David Hartshorn, CEO of Geeks Without Frontiers, about why he decided to become Head Geek, how he uses his deep expertise in the satellite industry to make positive changes and how developing countries are able to create sustainable business models through his work.

    David Hartshorn is no stranger to the Better Satellite World. He has led two critical industry campaigns for the preservation of spectrum rights. He led the Global VSAT Forum for two decades, where he helped transform disaster preparedness worldwide and was a recipient of the prestigious Arthur C. Clarke Award. David’s primary responsibilities included enabling expanded access to satellite-based solutions through financially sustainable business models, regulatory & policy advocacy, spectrum coordination, training & education, technology validation, and engagement with private and public sector satellite stakeholders in all nations. Eighteen months ago, he went to Washington to accept a position as the CEO of Geeks Without Frontiers.

    Geeks Without Frontiers (Geeks) is a platform for global impact. A technology neutral nonprofit, Geeks’ mission is to bring the benefits of broadband connectivity – health, education, poverty reduction, gender equality and the other UN Sustainable Development Goals ( SDG’s) – to the estimated 3.5 billion people who remain unconnected. Sponsored by government and private-sector stakeholders, Geeks has developed a commercially sustainable, satellite-based connectivity model, designed to help address forced labor and human trafficking in the commercial fishing industry. In addition to addressing Human Rights concerns via vessel geo-positioning and providing connectivity to the crew, the model has commercial benefits for vessel owners including the ability to transmit catch reports, monitor weather, conduct safe navigation and send distress signals. The same model can also be used to better address Illegal Unreported and Unregulated fishing, overfishing and seafood fraud. The Geeks model supports the UN Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs), particularly in the areas of innovation, industry, infrastructure, life below water, peace, justice, strong institutions, and partnerships. Learn more about Geeks Without Frontiers.

     

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    In this Better Satellite World episode of the SSPI podcast, Director of Development and Innovation Lou Zacharilla speaks with Abhas...

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    In this Better Satellite World episode of the SSPI podcast, Director of Development and Innovation Lou Zacharilla speaks with Abhas Maskey, Project Manager for the international collaboration BIRDS Satellite Project, about his work with the project and how it has led to the establishment of a brand new space agency in his home country of Nepal.

    Abhas Maskey was singularly responsible for igniting a national space program and enthusiasm for space and satellites in Nepal. Thanks to his efforts with BIRDS, Nepal has established and funded its first space agency. Abhas joined SSPI in London for the Better Satellite World Awards Dinner in 2019, where he accepted an award on behalf of the BIRDS Project.

    The Joint Global Multi-Nation Birds Satellite (BIRDS) Project was initiated in 2015 by the Kyushu Institute of Technology, Japan with the help of over ten partner institutions. It was envisioned by Dr. Mengu Cho, Professor at Kyutech, who became Principal Investigator for the Project. The BIRDS Project trains graduate students from many developing countries in using innovative and cost-effective systems engineering during the course of a two-year satellite project. The BIRDS project was selected by the Global Engineering Deans Council (GEDC) as the winner of the 2017 GEDC Airbus Diversity Award for diversity in engineering. The Project has provided training for students from many countries including: Bangladesh, Bhutan, Egypt, Ghana, Malaysia, Mongolia, Nepal, Nigeria, Paraguay, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Thailand, and Turkey. One BIRDS project is begun each year, with 2019 marking the fourth generation (BIRDS-4) since the Project’s inception. The yearly projects are carried out by graduate students enrolled at Kyutech for a masters or doctoral degree, and such projects are supervised by four Kyutech faculty members. Read more about the BIRDS Satellite Project.

     

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    In this Better Satellite World episode of the SSPI podcast, Director of Development and Innovation Lou Zacharilla speaks further with Chris Lee, Chief Scientist at the UK Space Agency, about the UK Space Agency's International Partnership Programme, which won a Better Satellite World Award in 2019.

    Chris Lee oversees the UK Space Agency's International Partnership Programme (IPP). He holds a degree in space science, with his primary concentration on missions supporting astronomy, planetary sciences and earth observation. In 2014, Chris Lee was invited to join the newly formed UK Space Agency as its very first Head of International Space Policy in order to enact a first-time strategy focused on satellite data services as a showcase for the capabilities of the United Kingdom's science and technology. He served as Chair of the Disaster Charter at the UK Space Agency, and in 2018, he was appointed Chief Scientist and given leadership of the organisation's Space Science programmes soon thereafter.

    The UK Space Agency’s International Partnership  Programme (IPP) is a five-year, £30M/year ‘space for development’ programme established in 2016, and currently the largest undertaking of its kind in the world. It focuses on utilising the UK space sector’s research and innovation capabilities to deliver sustainable economic and societal benefits to emerging and developing economies around the world. IPP has so far grant-funded 33 projects in 44 countries across Africa, Asia-Pacific and South America, which are run by a large variety of UK and international organisations across industry, academia and non-profit entities. These projects address a variety of critical issues, including reducing deforestation, climate/disaster resilience, remote learning, land-use monitoring, reducing maritime problems, health and renewable energy. The projects generally take between two and five years to be delivered, and range from £500k to £15M in grant value plus match funding. IPP’s portfolio of partners now include 122 space sector organisations and 132 international organisations. Learn more about the UK Space Agency's International Partnership Programme.

     

    This podcast is the second of a two-part episode and one of three interviews in SSPI's series of conversations with the 2019 Better Satellite World Award recipients.

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    In this Better Satellite World episode of the SSPI podcast, Director of Development and Innovation Lou Zacharilla speaks with David Hartshorn, CEO of Geeks Without Frontiers, about...

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    In this Better Satellite World episode of the SSPI podcast, Director of Development and Innovation Lou Zacharilla speaks with David Hartshorn, CEO of Geeks Without Frontiers, about why he decided to become Head Geek, how he uses his deep expertise in the satellite industry to make positive changes and how developing countries are able to create sustainable business models through his work.

    David Hartshorn is no stranger to the Better Satellite World. He has led two critical industry campaigns for the preservation of spectrum rights. He led the Global VSAT Forum for two decades, where he helped transform disaster preparedness worldwide and was a recipient of the prestigious Arthur C. Clarke Award. David’s primary responsibilities included enabling expanded access to satellite-based solutions through financially sustainable business models, regulatory & policy advocacy, spectrum coordination, training & education, technology validation, and engagement with private and public sector satellite stakeholders in all nations. Eighteen months ago, he went to Washington to accept a position as the CEO of Geeks Without Frontiers.

    Geeks Without Frontiers (Geeks) is a platform for global impact. A technology neutral nonprofit, Geeks’ mission is to bring the benefits of broadband connectivity – health, education, poverty reduction, gender equality and the other UN Sustainable Development Goals ( SDG’s) – to the estimated 3.5 billion people who remain unconnected. Sponsored by government and private-sector stakeholders, Geeks has developed a commercially sustainable, satellite-based connectivity model, designed to help address forced labor and human trafficking in the commercial fishing industry. In addition to addressing Human Rights concerns via vessel geo-positioning and providing connectivity to the crew, the model has commercial benefits for vessel owners including the ability to transmit catch reports, monitor weather, conduct safe navigation and send distress signals. The same model can also be used to better address Illegal Unreported and Unregulated fishing, overfishing and seafood fraud. The Geeks model supports the UN Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs), particularly in the areas of innovation, industry, infrastructure, life below water, peace, justice, strong institutions, and partnerships. Learn more about Geeks Without Frontiers.

     

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    In this Better Satellite World episode of the SSPI podcast, we continue the conversation with Mike Safyan, VP of Launch at Planet. Mike began his career in the space industry at NASA Ames, where he worked on the PhoneSat project, developing low-cost CubeSat platforms that use smartphone technology. In 2011, he joined the eight-person founding team at Planet Labs as a systems engineer. As the company grew from the initial eight employees to a global organization of over 450 people, Mike moved through a wide range of roles, from export regulatory licensing & compliance, overseeing Planet’s global ground station network to managing Planet’s launch strategy, the position he holds today.

    In his early career at Planet, Mike was responsible for obtaining the company’s FCC Operational License, the first ever obtained for commercial CubeSats. Since then, he has been involved in the launch of over 300 satellites across twenty different launch attempts, helping Planet’s fleet grow to the largest in the world. Mike has served as an advocate for the SmallSat community as well as for Planet throughout his career, speaking at multiple conferences and workshops and negotiating with satellite operators including Orbcomm, DigitalGlobe, Spire, and NASA to establish fair and equitable spectrum and orbital sharing agreements. In 2017, Mike oversaw Planet’s record-breaking launch of 88 Dove satellites on India’s PSLV. The launch allowed Planet to achieve its Mission One: imaging the entire Earth every day from space. Mike was a member of SSPI's inaugural 20 Under 35 list in 2018 and was a Promise Award winner in that same year. He is also a member of SSPI's Board of Directors. Learn more about Mike.

    In this three-part podcast, Mike spoke with SSPI Director of Development and Innovation Lou Zacharilla about Planet's mission, its Dove constellation and how Earth imaging contributes to a better world for us all.

       

     

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    In this Better Satellite World episode of the SSPI podcast, Director of Development and Innovation Lou Zacharilla speaks with Chris Lee, Chief Scientist at the UK Space Agency, about the UK Space Agency's International Partnership Programme, which won a Better Satellite World Award in 2019.

    Chris Lee oversees the UK Space Agency's International Partnership Programme (IPP). He holds a degree in space science, with his primary concentration on missions supporting astronomy, planetary sciences and earth observation. In 2014, Chris Lee was invited to join the newly formed UK Space Agency as its very first Head of International Space Policy in order to enact a first-time strategy focused on satellite data services as a showcase for the capabilities of the United Kingdom's science and technology. He served as Chair of the Disaster Charter at the UK Space Agency, and in 2018, he was appointed Chief Scientist and given leadership of the organisation's Space Science programmes soon thereafter.

    The UK Space Agency’s International Partnership  Programme (IPP) is a five-year, £30M/year ‘space for development’ programme established in 2016, and currently the largest undertaking of its kind in the world. It focuses on utilising the UK space sector’s research and innovation capabilities to deliver sustainable economic and societal benefits to emerging and developing economies around the world. IPP has so far grant-funded 33 projects in 44 countries across Africa, Asia-Pacific and South America, which are run by a large variety of UK and international organisations across industry, academia and non-profit entities. These projects address a variety of critical issues, including reducing deforestation, climate/disaster resilience, remote learning, land-use monitoring, reducing maritime problems, health and renewable energy. The projects generally take between two and five years to be delivered, and range from £500k to £15M in grant value plus match funding. IPP’s portfolio of partners now include 122 space sector organisations and 132 international organisations. Learn more about the UK Space Agency's International Partnership Programme.

     

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    In this Better Satellite World episode of the SSPI podcast, we hear further insights from Stewart Sanders, Executive Vice President of Technology at...

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    In this Better Satellite World episode of the SSPI podcast, we hear further insights from Stewart Sanders, Executive Vice President of Technology at SES Networks. In his current role at SES Networks, Stewart is responsible for O3b mPOWER program development, ensuring that all technical and commercial aspects are aligned and running smoothly. His responsibilities also include ground and space engineering, procurement, and technical innovation and product development. Prior to SES Networks, Stewart was CTO of O3b Networks, which has now merged with SES’s data business to form SES Networks.

    In his previous role at SES, Stewart was Senior Vice President of Planning & Procurement, making him responsible for satellite and launch vehicle procurement activities, satellite fleet technical planning and innovation program management. His team also performed technical risk analysis as well as support of fleet launch and in-orbit insurance placement activities. In a prior role as Senior Vice President of Customer Service Delivery at SES, Stewart also supported O3b activities. Throughout his career, Stewart has served in various satellite and payload operations roles for BTI, Intelsat, ICO, NEW SKIES SATELLITES and SES. One of the highlights of his career before SES Networks was as a team member of the Intelsat/NASA satellite re-boost mission in 1992. Stewart was instrumental in forming the Space Data Association for which he was the founding Chairman; the unique industry data-sharing organization won both SSPI and World Space Risk Forum innovation awards in 2012.

    In a conversation with SSPI’s Director of Innovation and Development Lou Zacharilla, Stewart talked about how a lack of broadband connectivity in remote areas leaves many out of the modern economy and how SES Networks’ mPOWER aims to provide the solution - connectivity for even the hardest-to-reach areas of the world via the most powerful and flexible satellite network in the world.

     

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    In this Better Satellite World episode of the SSPI podcast, we hear more from Stewart Sanders, Executive Vice President of Technology at SES Networks. In his current role at SES Networks, Stewart is responsible for O3b mPOWER program development, ensuring that all technical and commercial aspects are aligned and running smoothly. His responsibilities also include ground and space engineering, procurement, and technical innovation and product development. Prior to SES Networks, Stewart was CTO of O3b Networks, which has now merged with SES’s data business to form SES Networks.

    In his previous role at SES, Stewart was Senior Vice President of Planning & Procurement, making him responsible for satellite and launch vehicle procurement activities, satellite fleet technical planning and innovation program management. His team also performed technical risk analysis as well as support of fleet launch and in-orbit insurance placement activities. In a prior role as Senior Vice President of Customer Service Delivery at SES, Stewart also supported O3b activities. Throughout his career, Stewart has served in various satellite and payload operations roles for BTI, Intelsat, ICO, NEW SKIES SATELLITES and SES. One of the highlights of his career before SES Networks was as a team member of the Intelsat/NASA satellite re-boost mission in 1992. Stewart was instrumental in forming the Space Data Association for which he was the founding Chairman; the unique industry data-sharing organization won both SSPI and World Space Risk Forum innovation awards in 2012. 

    In a conversation with SSPI's Director of Innovation and Development Lou Zacharilla, Stewart talked about how a lack of broadband connectivity in remote areas leaves many out of the modern economy and how SES Networks’ mPOWER aims to provide the solution - connectivity for even the hardest-to-reach areas of the world via the most powerful and flexible satellite network in the world.

     

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    In this Better Satellite World episode of the SSPI podcast, Director of Development and Innovation Lou Zacharilla speaks with Luigi Ballarini, CEO and Founder of Ragnarok Industries.

    Ragnarok Industries is one of the best new businesses in Williamsburg, Brooklyn – which is saying something, as the neighborhood is a hotbed for tech startups. Ragnarok has built a nanosat company, now operational and with a client base, that will deliver polar broadband service via its Hiemdallr satellite. Led by Luigi Ballarini, the young company is already embracing the SSPI spirit. His project is being watched closely by NYSA and the engineering community for its special design electrical propulsion (non-volatile and non-energetic) as it plans propulsion toward lunar orbit. Ragnarok is also working with Thomas Jefferson High School for Science & Technology in Alexandria, VA on a complex full duplex UHF/VHF uplink transceiver to assist the students in learning about the components of a working satellite and multiple communication methods. 

       

     

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