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    The risk of start up in an industry as complex as commercial space and satellite is made even more intense by the challenges that are part of our business. Yet all around the world, people are looking at the...

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    The risk of start up in an industry as complex as commercial space and satellite is made even more intense by the challenges that are part of our business. Yet all around the world, people are looking at the opportunities, the new space of space and making the leap. These are our innovators, and this podcast series will bring them to you. The sixth episode of this series features a conversation with Per Norén, CEO of Ovzon.

    Per Norén is the Chief Executive Officer at Ovzon, a position he has held for nearly 1.5 years. Before joining Ovzon, Per served in a variety of roles over 4 years at Global Eagle, where he led all customer, industry, market and product and commercial activities. He was named President of Global Eagle in November 2018 and served in that role for 2.5 years. Prior to his time with Global Eagle, Per worked in Information Services, Air Traffic Management and Environmental Strategy at Boeing before becoming Vice President of Digital Solutions and then finally Vice President & Chief Customer Officer for Digital Aviation. He is also a proven entrepreneur, having founding and led Carmen Systems as CEO for nearly a decade. Per has served on several industry boards throughout his career, including Carmen Consulting, Vikom, CybercomGroup, Icomera, Admeta and Chalmers University of Technology.

    Ovzon is a mission critical, proven and fast growing mobility and connectivity provider that is revolutionizing mobile broadband via satellite, SATCOM-as-a-Service, providing global coverage with the highest bandwidth through the smallest terminals. Ovzon’s delivers industry leading SATCOM-as-a-Service based on; advanced proprietary satellite technology and software enabled communication platform coupled with unique ultra-small mobile satellite terminals enable mobile users to connect anywhere and transfer large amounts of data. Ovzon’s integrated SATCOM-as-a-Services meets the growing demand of global connectivity for customers with high-performance requirements including Government, Defence, Emergency & Rescue Services, Public Safety, Media, Maritime, Aviation, NGOs. and Commercial organizations.

     

       

     

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    The risk of start up in an industry as complex as commercial space and satellite is made even more intense by the challenges that are part of our business. Yet all around the world, people are looking at the...

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    The risk of start up in an industry as complex as commercial space and satellite is made even more intense by the challenges that are part of our business. Yet all around the world, people are looking at the opportunities, the new space of space and making the leap. These are our innovators, and this podcast series will bring them to you. The fifth episode of this series features a conversation with Chris Stott, Founder, Chair and CEO of Lonestar Data Holdings, Inc.

    Chris Stott is the Founder, Chair and CEO of Lonestar Data Holdings Inc., the Lunar information, technology and communications company. Chris is also the Founder and Non-Executive Chair of ManSat, the world’s largest commercial provider of satellite spectrum.

    Chris serves as the Chair Emeritus, alongside the late Sir Arthur C. Clarke, of the Space and Satellite Professionals International (SSPI), the largest professional association in the global space and satellite industry, which also named him Satellite Industry Mentor of the Year for 2015.

    Chris’s passion for the economics and commerce of space has led him to co-found both the Institute of Space Commerce in the United States and the International Institute of Space Commerce on the Isle of Man in the British Isles. He has served on faculty at the International Space University (ISU) since 2003 and is a former co-chair of the university’s school of business and management. Chris is also a guest lecturer in space law and regulation at MIT Media Labs, the Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and the School of Law at the University of Houston.

    In his spare time, Chris is a multi-award winning producer, writer and documentary filmmaker. A naturalized Manx American, Chris lives in Florida with this wife and son and their dogs. He enjoys shooting (pistol, rifle, skeet, and trap), SCUBA and Free Diving and flying helicopters. He drinks way too much coffee and rarely watches TV. When he needs to sleep, he reads his own bio. Learn more about Chris.

     

       

     

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     September 26, 2022
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    The risk of start up in an industry as complex as commercial space and satellite is made even more intense by the challenges that are part of our business. Yet all around the world, people are looking at the opportunities, the new space of space and making the leap. These are our innovators, and this podcast series will bring them to you. The third episode of this series features the second part of a conversation with Alex Fielding, co-founder and CEO of Privateer.

    Alex Fielding is the co-founder and CEO of Privateer. Privateer is a data and intelligence platform empowering the future of space sustainability. As CEO and chairman of Privateer, Alex is responsible for supporting the leadership, vision and execution of Privateer. With decades of experience in innovation and growth in the tech sector, he is poised to lead the team in its launch of the first highly accurate space traffic map that aggregates multi-source data on Earth orbiting space objects, as a means to power the new space economy and make space exploration safe and sustainable.

    Alex started his career as an engineer at Cisco Systems and Apple, where he worked on multiple generations of MacOS, PowerBook, and network servers and was part of the first iMac team. After departing Apple, he joined Exodus Communications under the leadership of Ellen Hancock, a former Apple CTO who served as Exodus’ CEO. Alex went on to co-found GPS company Wheels of Zeus with Apple’s co-founder Steve Wozniak in 2001 (sold in 2006), marking the beginning of a fruitful friendship and partnership that brings us Privateer today.

    Alex has also worked as CTO at Power Assure and then Vice President at Vigilent before starting Ripcord while a contractor at NASA. Alex served as CEO at Ripcord from 2014-21 and remains on the Board of Directors. Alex is also on the Board of Directors of The Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education (ISKME). He is on the mentor board of Orange Fab and is an adviser to Astra Space. He is an active contributor to the IETF. He is a founding member of Singularity University at NASA Ames Research Center and co-author on several patent applications.

     

       

     

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     September 12, 2022
  • Victoria Krisman posted an article

    The risk of start up in an industry as complex as commercial space and satellite is made even more intense by the challenges that are part of...

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    The risk of start up in an industry as complex as commercial space and satellite is made even more intense by the challenges that are part of our business. Yet all around the world, people are looking at the opportunities, the new space of space and making the leap. These are our innovators, and this podcast series will bring them to you. The second episode of this series features the first part of a conversation with Alex Fielding, co-founder and CEO of Privateer.

    Alex Fielding is the co-founder and CEO of Privateer. Privateer is a data and intelligence platform empowering the future of space sustainability. As CEO and chairman of Privateer, Alex is responsible for supporting the leadership, vision and execution of Privateer. With decades of experience in innovation and growth in the tech sector, he is poised to lead the team in its launch of the first highly accurate space traffic map that aggregates multi-source data on Earth orbiting space objects, as a means to power the new space economy and make space exploration safe and sustainable.

    Alex started his career as an engineer at Cisco Systems and Apple, where he worked on multiple generations of MacOS, PowerBook, and network servers and was part of the first iMac team. After departing Apple, he joined Exodus Communications under the leadership of Ellen Hancock, a former Apple CTO who served as Exodus’ CEO. Alex went on to co-found GPS company Wheels of Zeus with Apple’s co-founder Steve Wozniak in 2001 (sold in 2006), marking the beginning of a fruitful friendship and partnership that brings us Privateer today.

    Alex has also worked as CTO at Power Assure and then Vice President at Vigilent before starting Ripcord while a contractor at NASA. Alex served as CEO at Ripcord from 2014-21 and remains on the Board of Directors. Alex is also on the Board of Directors of The Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education (ISKME). He is on the mentor board of Orange Fab and is an adviser to Astra Space. He is an active contributor to the IETF. He is a founding member of Singularity University at NASA Ames Research Center and co-author on several patent applications.

     

       

     

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     September 05, 2022
  • Victoria Krisman posted an article

    The risk of start up in an industry as complex as commercial space and satellite is made even more intense by the challenges that are part of our business. Yet all around the world,...

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    The risk of start up in an industry as complex as commercial space and satellite is made even more intense by the challenges that are part of our business. Yet all around the world, people are looking at the opportunities, the new space of space and making the leap. These are our innovators, and this podcast series will bring them to you. The first episode of this series features a conversation with Kranthi Chand, Head of Strategy & Special Projects at Dhruva Space.

    Kranthi Chand is the Head of Strategy & Special Projects at Dhruva Space, a position he has held for over 2 years. In his position at Dhruva Space, Kranthi is responsible for market research and strategic planning for corporate development, including bid management for government tender opportunities. He builds relationships with strategic government and defence clientele in India and overseas for the company and has established global partnerships in the ground station networks, remote sensing and in-space transportation areas. Before joining Dhruva Space, Kranthi founding his own company Aquamonk in 2018 and still serves as CEO today. He also founded the Heritage Hyderabad Initiative in 2020. Outside of his new space career, Kranthi works in strategy and collaboration for Pro Sport Development. He is a graduate of Ecole de Management de Lyon, East China Normal University and Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University with a Bachelor of Technology and two Masters of Science degrees.

    Dhruva Space is India’s first private space-tech company, dedicated to creating exceptional small satellite systems to help space exploration technology meet human imagination and innovation. The company’s areas of focus include satellite platforms, launch solutions and ground services. Dhruva Space currently has over 10 upcoming missions and 9 pending patents and recently launched a successful test of a deployer as part of ISRO’s PSLV C54 mission.

     

       

     

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    In this third year of our Summer Fun podcast series, we again talk with industry leaders and some of space and satellite’s most interesting people to find out something about...

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    In this third year of our Summer Fun podcast series, we again talk with industry leaders and some of space and satellite’s most interesting people to find out something about them you may not know. This year’s question is: “What did you learn about the commercial space & satellite industry that you didn’t learn in school?” The final episode of this series is based on the July edition of the New York Space Business Roundtable. In this episode, we bring together industry heavyweights who share a common exercise, or practice. Each meditates and has discovered great lessons through the insights it brings. As we expand our space-faring capacity and venture further and longer into space, the concept of time, our longing for home, and whatever else we create or find created already will surely require new adaptive tools. And the only place that adapts in the human species, as each wisdom tradition has taught us for centuries, is the mind.

    One of the primary truths of learning and ESPECIALLY learning in the commercial space and satellite industry, is that it is an endless endeavor. No narcotic expands the mind like learning about space, satellites and the power of the individual to find their strengths not “out there,” but “in here.” We are in a moment in time when we must shift spiritual orbits. Take giant leaps that will help us adapt to the transformations to civilization, both at home and beyond.

    Guests include:

    • Lon Levin, Vice President of New Ventures, Lockheed Martin Space
    • Nicole Stott, Astronaut and Author: Back to Earth
    • Frank White, Author: The Overview Effect, The New Camelot, The Cosma Hypothesis
    • Steven Wolfe, President and Co-founder, Beyond Earth Institute; and Partner, CWSP International
    • Jason Rainbow, Senior Staff Writer, SpaceNews
    • Debra Werner, Silicon Valley Correspondent, SpaceNews

     

     

       

     

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    In this third year of our Summer Fun podcast series, we again talk with industry leaders and some of space and satellite’s most interesting people to find out something about...

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    In this third year of our Summer Fun podcast series, we again talk with industry leaders and some of space and satellite’s most interesting people to find out something about them you may not know. This year’s question is: “What did you learn about the commercial space & satellite industry that you didn’t learn in school?” For the sixth episode of Summer Fun – School’s Out, we hear from Meredith Garofalo, Certified Broadcast Meteorologist and Science/Space Journalist for News 12 New York.

    Meredith Garofalo is a Certified Broadcast Meteorologist as designated by the American Meteorological Society (AMS) and a science/space journalist for News 12 New York. Meredith also was the 2021 Chair for the AMS Station Scientist Committee, which focuses on raising greater awareness & outreach when it comes to science education for viewers.

    Meredith’s 14 years in the broadcast business includes a wide variety of experience all across the country stemming from her internship at WGN-TV in Chicago. Before joining News 12 in New York, Meredith worked at local television stations in Ohio, South Dakota, Florida, and California and for a national weather network in Denver, CO. Meredith has covered the historic Atlantic Hurricane Seasons over the last 4 years as well as tornado outbreaks across the U.S. She’s been live out in the field during tropical storms, wildfires, snowstorms, and the aftermath from tornadoes. Meredith is also an accomplished reporter, producing weather and science stories. This includes rocket launches at Vandenberg Air Force Base and Cape Canaveral, in depth special reports and features on NOAA’s GOES-R and JPSS satellite series, and coverage on some of NASA’s biggest accomplishments over the past 4 years. She’s interviewed some of the top scientists and leaders of the space & science industry including astronauts live from the International Space Station, and her career highlight was being selected as the only meteorologist to travel with the GOES-West satellite from Colorado to Florida in 2017 on the C-5M Super Galaxy. Her personal and professional work has been recognized numerous times over the last decade including being awarded “Favorite Weathercaster of the Year” in 2016, Make-A-Wish Tri-Counties’ Community Partner of the Year in 2017, and most notably the inaugural Valparaiso University Alumni Association First Decade Achievement Award recipient in 2018.

    Meredith loves supporting and donating her time to organizations such as Make-A-Wish, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Girl Scouts, and the Space Foundation. Meredith was a panel moderator at the 2021 Satellite Conference, the 35th & 36th Space Symposiums, and also at the 2018 AMS Summer Conference. She also spends countless hours doing school, career, and motivational talks and participates in podcasts to help encourage women pursuing STEM careers and inspire our future generations. Meredith is an accomplished singer and actor, most recognized by performing the National Anthem at a Denver Broncos game in 2018 and for the Cleveland Indians in 2021.

     

       

     

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    In this third year of our Summer Fun podcast series, we again talk with industry leaders and some of space and satellite’s most interesting people to find out something about...

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    In this third year of our Summer Fun podcast series, we again talk with industry leaders and some of space and satellite’s most interesting people to find out something about them you may not know. This year’s question is: “What did you learn about the commercial space & satellite industry that you didn’t learn in school?” For the fifth episode of Summer Fun – School’s Out, we hear from Chris Stott, Founder, Chair and CEO of Lonestar Data Holdings, Founder and Non-Executive Chairman of ManSat, SSPI Chair Emeritus and the 2015 Mentor of the Year.

    Chris Stott is the Founder, Chair, and CEO of Lonestar Data Holdings Inc., the Lunar information, technology and communications company. Chris is also the Founder and Non-Executive Chair of ManSat, the world’s largest commercial provider of satellite spectrum.

    Chris serves as the Chair Emeritus, alongside the late Sir Arthur C. Clarke, of the Space and Satellite Professionals International (SSPI), the largest professional association in the global space and satellite industry, which also named him Satellite Industry Mentor of the Year for 2015.

    Chris’s passion for the economics and commerce of space has led him to co-found both the Institute of Space Commerce in the United States and the International Institute of Space Commerce on the Isle of Man in the British Isles. He has served on faculty at the International Space University (ISU) since 2003 and is a former co-chair of the university’s school of business and management. Chris is also a guest lecturer in space law and regulation at MIT Media Labs, the Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and the School of Law at the University of Houston.

    In his spare time, Chris is a multi-award winning producer, writer and documentary filmmaker. A naturalized Manx American, Chris lives in Florida with this wife and son and their dogs. He enjoys shooting (pistol, rifle, skeet, and trap), SCUBA and Free Diving and flying helicopters. He drinks way too much coffee and rarely watches TV. When he needs to sleep, he reads his own bio. Learn more about Chris.

     

       

     

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  • Victoria Krisman posted an article

    In this third year of our Summer Fun podcast series, we again talk with industry leaders and some of space and satellite’s most interesting people to find out something about...

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    In this third year of our Summer Fun podcast series, we again talk with industry leaders and some of space and satellite’s most interesting people to find out something about them you may not know. This year’s question is: “What did you learn about the commercial space & satellite industry that you didn’t learn in school?” For the fourth episode of Summer Fun – School’s Out, we hear from Sydney Hamilton, Structures Stress Manager at Boeing and a 2021 Promise Award Recipient.

    Sydney Hamilton began her career at Boeing in 2014 as a Structural Design Engineer, a role in which she supported projects like the 777 Automated Floor Drilling Equipment Elimination & Floor Redesign project and the 777X Folding Wing-Tip Mock-Up. She also worked in the Commercial Aircraft Operations Center as a Service Engineer before moving on to become a Mechanical Systems Engineer designing, analyzing and managing projects for additively manufactured parts for space and launch systems. Sydney next took on the position of Responsible Engineering Authority (REA) for satellite reflectors, in which she led a cross-functional team to develop reflectors for multiple commercial and government programs, demonstrating rapid problem-solving skills and the ability to consistently meet aggressive deadlines and cost targets. In her current role of Structures Stress Engineering Manager, she leads a high-performing team of 18 engineers that perform critical technical analyses for all 3 major Boeing Divisions: Boeing Commercial Airplanes (BCA), Boeing Defense, Space & Security (BDS) and Boeing Global Services (BGS). While Sydney’s primary organization within the company is in BCA, her leadership spans beyond BCA products to include BDS products such as the CST-100 Starliner reusable spacecraft capsule, Space Launch System and Wideband Global SATCOM.

    Sydney has distinguished herself in many areas since joining Boeing. She became Manager of the Structural Analysis Team at Boeing just after her 30th birthday, a role in which she leads a team that provides structural analysis engineering for design, repairs and modifications for multiple Boeing programs, including satellites, rockets, manned spacecraft and commercial airplanes. As part of the Advance Design Engineering Additive Manufacturing Team, Sydney developed and maintained the largest database of additive manufacturing analyses at Boeing. Sydney received a Promise Award from SSPI in 2021 as one of three leaders of the 2021 “20 Under 35” cohort.Learn more about Sydney.

     

       

     

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    In this third year of our Summer Fun podcast series, we again talk with industry leaders and some of space and satellite’s most interesting people to find out something about...

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    In this third year of our Summer Fun podcast series, we again talk with industry leaders and some of space and satellite’s most interesting people to find out something about them you may not know. This year’s question is: “What did you learn about the commercial space & satellite industry that you didn’t learn in school?” For the third episode of Summer Fun – School’s Out, SSPI’s Lou Zacharilla speaks with Lon Levin, Vice President of New Ventures at Lockheed Martin Space.

    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.

     

       

     

    This podcast series is underwritten by

     

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    In this third year of our Summer Fun podcast series, we again talk with industry leaders and some of space and satellite’s most interesting people to find out something about them you may not know. This year’s question is: “What did you learn about the commercial space & satellite industry that you didn’t learn in school?” For the second episode of Summer Fun – School’s Out, SSPI’s Lou Zacharilla speaks with Bob Collom, Integration Lead on the Mars Reconnaissance Team in the Planetary Science Division at NASA HQ.

    Bob Collom is currently an integration lead on the Mars Reconnaissance Team in the Planetary Science Division at NASA HQ. In this capacity he helps identify and answer questions we need to resolve to safely put humans in the Martian system. Bob is also the Deputy Executive Secretary for the International Mars Exploration Working Group (IMEWG), a collaborative effort by 28 participating space agencies to advance Martian exploration through international cooperation. Additionally, Bob supports NASA’s contributions to the International Mars Ice Mapper mission concept and ongoing Mars Exploration Program strategic planning.

    Bob joined NASA as an intern in the NASA history office while completing his master’s degree in political science with a focus in space flight policy. Bob is a lifelong space advocate and science fiction nerd who enjoys gardening, Dungeons & Dragons, and the company of his cats.

     

       

     

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    In this third year of our Summer Fun podcast series, we again talk with industry leaders and some of space and satellite’s most interesting people to find out something about...

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    In this third year of our Summer Fun podcast series, we again talk with industry leaders and some of space and satellite’s most interesting people to find out something about them you may not know. This year’s question is: “What did you learn about the commercial space & satellite industry that you didn’t learn in school?” For the first episode of Summer Fun – School’s Out, SSPI’s Lou Zacharilla speaks with Randy Segal, Partner at Hogan Lovells US LLP and the 2018 Mentor of the Year.

    Randy Segal co-heads the Global Space Practice at Hogan Lovells, a position she has held for twelve years. Her career in the space and satellite industry started in 1992, and includes many leadership roles, including serving as general counsel or director, for American Mobile Satellite Corporation, XM Satellite Radio, Hughes Network Systems, TerreStar Networks (now EchoStar), and Mobile Satellite Ventures/SkyTerra (now Ligado Networks). At Hogan Lovells, Randy represents a wide range of clients, including some of the most active global satellite innovators and new space companies, startups, large Silicon Valley players, and even sovereign governments. Throughout her career, Randy has served as a mentor, guide, and advisor for aspiring space professionals, particularly the growing number of young women entering the field. Her efforts include working with SatNews to profile more women at its SmallSat and Satellite Innovation Symposiums, as well as working actively with the Women in Space Initiative to advocate for mentorship and support for women in the satellite industry. Randy was selected as the 2018 Mentor of the Year. Learn more about Randy.

     

       

     

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    Billy Joel was in a New York State of mind and he made the world want to be here in it too. Today the...

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    Billy Joel was in a New York State of mind and he made the world want to be here in it too. Today the commercial space industry would LIKE to be in a New York space of mind. Or would it? States like Florida, Texas and Virginia are all beginning to attract investment and investors to the rich space and satellite ecosystems that they have built by bringing together universities, local governments and innovators of all kinds to pan for the new gold and explore the millions of opportunities of the new frontier. It’s serious business. And New York has the ways and means. But it does it have the vision and the political intelligence? You’ll find out in this podcast, based on the June 15 New York Space Business Roundtable. We’ll be getting real with Wall Street and the State of New York about why it is that the state which built the Erie Canal and the Empire State Building is not the state where space is flying.

    Featuring guests:

    • Terence J. Clas, Business Development
    • Patrick Chase and Evan Lerner, Co-founders, Empire Space
    • Will Porteous, General Partner and COO, RRE Ventures
    • Jason Rainbow, Senior Staff Writer, SpaceNews
    • Debra Werner, Silicon Valley Correspondent, SpaceNews

     

       

     

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    The bombs falling in Ukraine have raised major geopolitical issues in Asia. One in particular will seriously impact the future of the commercial...

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    The bombs falling in Ukraine have raised major geopolitical issues in Asia. One in particular will seriously impact the future of the commercial space industry. Taiwan’s significance to the world’s supply chain, high-value technology base, microprocessors and the civil life and laws upon which democracy depends are not always considered when we casually ask, “If Taiwan Goes, What Else Goes With It?” Could the industry be a casualty of a Chinese invasion? In this podcast, based on the May 2022 edition of the New York Space Business Roundtable, our guests describe what is really at stake. The conversation is moderated by SSPI’s Lou Zacharilla and NY Space Alliance Founder Joseph Fargnoli, with a special report by SpaceNews reporter Jason Rainbow.

    Guests for this podcast include:

    • Dr. Ting-Jung (TJ) Liang, Principal Engineer, Long Range Communications Technology, Industrial Technology Research Institute, Taiwan
    • N. Darius Sankey, PhD., Managing Director, Innovation Acceleration Capital
    • Dr. Robert Spalding, Co-CEO, Q-Networks, author, STEALTH WAR: HOW CHINA TOOK OVER WHILE AMERICA’S ELITE SLEPT (Portfolio; 2019)
    • Thomas Yen, CEO & Co-Founder, Tensor Tech

     

       

     

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    How do satellites support supply chains for humanitarian efforts? Satellites can help to facilitate the...

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    How do satellites support supply chains for humanitarian efforts? Satellites can help to facilitate the communication that enables humanitarian agencies and regions to establish corridors and logistics chains, while monitoring the effort, managing data, chronicling refugee flight and resettlement. In this fourth episode of the Untangling the Supply Chain podcast, David Myers, President and CEO of UltiSat, and David Meltzer, Secretary General of Global VSAT Forum, join SSPI’s Lou Zacharilla to continue the discussion of how satellites have and continue to support supply chains in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, after major disasters and in the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.

    David Myers is the President and CEO of UltiSat (a Speedcast company), a position he has held for nearly 2 years. He is a senior executive with a track record of leading both public and private-equity businesses through transformations and rapid growth. His 20+ year career spans the aerospace, telecommunications, and information technology industries in both commercial and government markets. To drive growth, David focuses on building a strong sales engine, investing in product innovation and fostering a collaborative customer-service oriented culture. David joined UltiSat from Peraton, a Defense Top 100 company, where he served as President of the Communications Sector, providing advanced network services for defense, intelligence and civilian customers. Prior to Peraton, David served as President and CEO of Datapath, where he led the public to private spin-out of a Rockwell Collins division into an independent company, providing military-grade satellite ground systems and field services. He has held executive roles in a number of organizations including ITC Global, Harris, CapRock Communications, and Spacenet. David also served as Chairman and President of the Space & Satellite Professionals International (SSPI), where he led the industry association rebrand and expansion from focus primarily on satellites to the broader “commercial space” arena.

    David Meltzer is the Secretary General of Global VSAT Forum (GVF), a position he has held for nearly 4 years. In his current position, he leads GVF’s primary efforts to facilitate expanded access to satellite-based connectivity solutions through regulatory, policy and spectrum advocacy, training and certification, product quality assurance and collaboration with user groups and other satellite stakeholders. David has over 25 years of experience in the satellite industry, including serving as a board member for both a regional satellite operator and for a mobile satellite operator. Previously, he served for 16 years in various business and legal roles at Intelsat, culminating in serving as Intelsat’s General Counsel and Executive Vice President for Regulatory Affairs. Most recently, David served as the General Counsel and Chief International Officer of the American Red Cross where he led its legal, international disaster relief and development activities. Before achieving that position at the American Red Cross, he served for 7.5 years as Senior Vice President of International Services.

     

       

     

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