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    In this conversation, the first of a four-part series on mentorship, SSPI Director of Development and Innovation Lou Zacharilla speaks with...

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    In this conversation, the first of a four-part series on mentorship, SSPI Director of Development and Innovation Lou Zacharilla speaks with three people who are considered world-class mentors and have been responsible for nurturing diverse talents to success.

    Dr. Peter Plumley is the Chief Program Officer for the Museum of Science & Technology and a research professor of civil & environmental engineering at Syracuse University. Peter has an extremely broad portfolio of research and interests related to the environment of the Earth and space. His current research is focused on the man-made world and the impact of technology on our drive to invent and explore the impact of technology on society and civilization - as well as its overall impact on the environment.

    Tim Deaver is the Director of US Space Systems at Airbus Defence & Space. Tim manages all US government space-related program management and customer liaison. Tim is a satellite industry veteran, having worked for SES, where he led business and product development and was responsible for securing many high-end contracts. He served in the US Air Force for over 20 years and holds degrees from the Universities of Nebraska and Colorado.

    Rob Lyon is the Executive Director of Flight Assurance at Maxar. Rob decides when each of the spacecraft built is ready for launch. He began his career at the USA’s naval academy where – among other tasks – he qualified people to run nuclear reactors to eventually become the top operations officer in the pacific submarine fleet. Rob is a highly sought-after mentor in his company’s program. He earned his advanced degree in Electrical & Electronics Engineering and Physics at the naval academy. Rob has had a distinguished career of nearly 15 years at Maxar, and in June of last year, he was named the space & satellite industry’s Mentor of the Year at SSPI’s annual Future Leaders Dinner in Silicon Valley, where he was introduced by Tim Deaver.

     

     

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    In a conversation with SSPI's Robert Bell, Steve Collar, President & CEO of SES, talks about his early years,  the leadership lessons he learned, how he hires and what he has learned about leading a team bringing major innovations to market.

    Steve Collar was appointed CEO of SES in April 2018. He had been the CEO of SES Networks since May 2017. Prior to SES Networks, Mr. Collar was CEO of O3b Networks and guided the company through the successful build and launch of its constellation of state-of-the-art satellites. In 2015, O3b Networks became the fastest growing satellite operator in history, and in 2016, O3b was fully acquired by SES and now forms an integral part of SES Networks.

     


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    In a conversation with SSPI's Robert Bell, Viasat’s Mark Dankberg talks about his early years, his first role in managing people and the...

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    In a conversation with SSPI's Robert Bell, Viasat’s Mark Dankberg talks about his early years, his first role in managing people and the leadership lessons he learned, how he hires and what he has learned about leading a team bringing major innovations to market.

    Mark co-founded Viasat Inc. in 1986 and has led the company's rapid growth. He has held the position of Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer since inception.

    Under his leadership, Viasat has consistently been one of America’s fastest growing technology companies. As a start-up, Viasat was selected to the Inc. 500 list of fastest growing private companies three times. After listing on the NASDAQ exchange in 1996 Viasat has been recognized multiple times by leading business and industry publications including BusinessWeek, Forbes, Fortune, Red Herring, DefenseNews, Space News, and Washington Technology for its exceptional performance and growth.

    Mark is an acknowledged industry expert in aerospace, defense, and satellite communications, and is the leading visionary for a new generation of high-capacity satellite systems. He has co-authored several military standards on satellite networking, and holds a number of patents in communications and satellite networking technologies. He has participated on Department of Defense advisory panels and was invited to testify before a Congressional committee on high technology growth companies and IPOs. For his achievements, Mark was inducted into the Space & Satellite Hall of Fame in 2015.

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    In a conversation with SSPI’s Robert Bell, Gwynne Shotwell, SpaceX President and COO, talked about her early years, her first...

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    In a conversation with SSPI’s Robert Bell, Gwynne Shotwell, SpaceX President and COO, talked about her early years, her first role in managing people and the leadership lessons she learned, how she hires and what she has learned about leading a team bringing major innovations to market.

    As VP of business development, Gwynne led the effort to build the Falcon vehicle manifest to over 50 launches representing $5 billion in revenue including commercial resupply services for delivery of cargo and supplies to the International Space Station.  She became President and Chief Operating Officer in 2008, and assumed responsibility for day-to-day operations and for managing the customer and strategic relationships that support company growth.  Under her leadership, SpaceX's backlog has grown to more than $7 billion worth of launches while achieving a set of remarkable milestones. Gwynne was inducted into the SSPI Hall of Fame on March 13, 2018.

     


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    In a conversation with SSPI's Rocky Mountain Chapter Director Michelle LaMar, Lockheed Martin’s Kay Sears talks about her early years, her first role in managing people and the leadership lessons she learned, how she hires and what she has learned about leading a team bringing major innovations to market.

    Kay Sears was planning to be an advertising executive with a nice corner office in Manhattan and influence over the purchasing choices of millions. Today, she is vice president and general manager for military space for Lockheed Martin, the global security and aerospace company with a major role in both commercial and government space and satellite.

    What happened? She had a job interview with an official of the US Department of Commerce and “in that one interview, I just completely changed my whole idea of what I wanted to do,” says Kay. “He was talking about some of the satellite weather programs that the Commerce Department runs through the National Weather Service, and I started becoming so intrigued with space and sensors, and that became my first job.”

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    In a conversation with SSPI Executive Director Robert Bell, 2018 Promise Award Recipient Mike Safyan talks about how he got his start in the industry and what it takes to succeed.

    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. Click here to learn more about Mike.

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    In a conversation with SSPI Executive Director Robert Bell, 2018 Promise Award Recipient Jillian Gorsuch talks about how she got her start in the industry and what it takes to succeed.

    Jillian began her career at SSL through a Cooperative Education program in 2008 while working on her undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering at Cornell University. Upon graduating from Cornell with her Master’s Degree in 2011, she joined SSL full-time as a Responsible Mechanical Engineer in the RF Payload engineering department, where she worked on product design and delivery of more than 30 assemblies. Three years later, Jillian participated in SSL’s 18-month Rotation Program, during which she worked in the Mechanical Aerospace Ground Equipment department and the Solar Array department. After demonstrating particular talent in the Solar Array department, she took on the role of Solar Array R&D Project Manager. Click here to learn more about Jillian.

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    In this Making Leaders interview conducted at the Hall of Fame Celebration, we hear from Matt Desch, CEO of Iridium...

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    In this Making Leaders interview conducted at the Hall of Fame Celebration, we hear from Matt Desch, CEO of Iridium Communications and one of the three inductees to the Space & Satellite Hall of Fame in 2019. Matt became CEO of Iridium Communications in 2006 after a twenty-five year career in the telecommunications industry that included serving as president of Nortel Networks’ wireless business and chief executive of Telcordia Technologies. Since taking the helm, he has led Iridium from the depths of post-bankruptcy uncertainty and looming irrelevancy into a major contributor to the space and satellite industry. Matt has also served as an advocate for safety and responsible traffic management throughout the space, satellite and aviation industries for over a decade.

    Three years after Matt joined Iridium, one of its spacecraft was hit by a defunct Russian satellite, Kosmos 2251. He turned a disaster into an opportunity to focus on responsibility and safety in navigation by pioneering a partnership with the US Air Force on orbit/debris coordination and highlighting Iridium’s preparations to de-orbit their original spacecraft safely without posing threats to other orbital systems. Matt’s championing of Iridium’s preparations and the U.S. government recognition that space had become a congested environment, lead to eventual improvements in orbital safety and de-commissioning precautions throughout the industry. In the same year, he also successfully led Iridium through the complicated process of going public, listing the company on the NASDAQ. Read more about Matt.

     

     

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    In this Making Leaders interview conducted at the Hall of Fame Celebration, we hear from Greg Wyler, Founder and Executive Chairman of OneWeb and one of the three inductees to the Space & Satellite Hall of Fame in 2019. Greg founded O3B Networks, in partnership with Liberty Global, in 2007 with the goal of unlocking MEO orbit to deliver Internet to remote areas without the need for laying fiber. By 2016, O3B had a firm backlog of $350 million with more than $100 million in current-year revenue, and SES exercised its option to purchase the company, whose markets had grown to include maritime, mobility, energy and government based on the success of its MEO fleet architecture.

    After the success of his first company, Greg moved on to an even more ambitious venture: creating a network of hundreds of LEO satellites to deliver low-latency, high-speed Internet to remote areas. He founded OneWeb in 2012 with investment support from Softbank, Bharti, Hughes, Intelsat, Virgin Group, Qualcomm, Airbus, Grupo Salinas, Maxar, and Coca-Cola with the vision of connecting all the unconnected schools of the world and providing Internet to fuel economic growth, improve education and social development, advance gender equality and make healthcare more accessible across the globe. To make its vision a reality, OneWeb needed to develop mass-production techniques and a global supply chain capable of assembling 15 satellites per week to launch a 1980-satellite constellation. OneWeb has raised more than $3.4bn to date and the company’s first launch was a success that has been a major milestone for the industry as a proof-of-concept for the viability of LEO constellations. Read more about Greg.

     

     

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    In this Making Leaders episode of the SSPI podcast, we hear from Gwen Sisto, Operations and Planning Manager at OneWeb Satellites. Gwen holds a BS in Aerospace Engineering from GIT and a SM in Aerospace and Astronomy from MIT. Her career experience includes nearly 6 years at General Electric Aviation, beginning as a F404 Contract Repairs Manager before becoming a Military Systems Black Belt in charge of initiatives to increase productivity. She continued this path as Continuous Improvement Manager with Parker Hannifin, followed by 4.5 years with Albany Engineered Composites, where she served in a variety of roles, including Senior Continuous Improvement Engineer, Product Transfer Leader and Senior Enterprise Excellence Manager. 

    Gwen joined OneWeb Satellites in May 2017 as Industrialization Manager and took on the additional role of Operations and Planning Manager in 2019. In her current role, she is responsible for managing the world’s first serial production line of satellites, including manufacturing, engineering, planning, logistics and associates. In this podcast, Gwen spoke with SSPI Executive Director Robert Bell about what it takes to build 10 satellites a week. You can read more about how OneWeb Satellites tackled this challenge in SSPI’s report Staffing the Space Assembly Line.

     

       

     

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    In this Making Leaders episode of the SSPI podcast, we hear from Bryan Kamm, Founder and Principal GAP Consultant at Kamm Consulting Group and Founder and Lead Advisor for the Space Coast Consortium Apprenticeship Program. Bryan holds an English Literature Bachelor’s degree with a minor equivalent in German literature from Florida Technological University, (currently UCF), as well as a Co-major Bachelor’s degree in International Business Management and German from Florida State University (FSU). His career experience includes 14 years in economic development, (8 years with the Florida Department of Commerce; 2 years managing a start-up economic development program for Seminole Electric Cooperative; and 4 years for the Pasco Economic Development Council managing corporate site selection of companies to Pasco County, Florida). In the private sector, his experience includes 2 years in electric utilities, 11 years in the telecommunications IT software industry, 2 years as an independent software consultant, 6 years with a wholly-owned German deep foundation engineering and construction subsidiary, Bauer Foundation Corp. where he managed the implementation of the German Dual Education apprenticeship system. 

    In 2015, Bryan founded Kamm Consulting and landed a site selection contract with RUAG Space in 2016 to assist the Swiss company in locating a manufacturing facility to the Cape Canaveral area to supply thermal panel structures to OneWeb Satellites. Together with RUAG Space and OneWeb Satellites, Bryan developed, founded and launched (SCCAP) the Space Coast Consortium Apprenticeship Program and registered the program with the Florida Department of Education Office of Apprenticeship to begin in the fall of 2019. You can read more about Bryan’s role in establishing the SCCAP in SSPI’s report Staffing the Space Assembly Line.

     

       

     

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    In this Making Leaders interview conducted at the Hall of Fame Celebration, we hear from Henry Goldberg, Partner at Goldberg, Godles, Wiener & Wright and one of the three inductees to the Space & Satellite Hall of Fame for 2019. Henry is a leading U.S. regulatory lawyer who has been a key figure in shaping the modern commercial space industry through development of U.S. and international legal and regulatory frameworks. Over a more-than-fifty-year career that began at Covington & Burling in Washington D.C. in 1966, Henry has opened legal doors to numerous innovations in satellite and broadcasting throughout the world, carving out regulatory territory for new types of companies and their technologies to grow and flourish.

    From 1968 to 1970, while at Covington, he participated in the FCC’s first domestic satellite proceeding and established the essential principle that users are eligible to own and operate earth stations that communicate with carrier-owned satellite systems. Henry also filed the first application for a user-owned satellite earth station on behalf of the affiliate associations of major TV broadcast networks. He moved to the White House Office of Telecommunications Policy shortly afterward in 1971, where he eventually succeeded Antonin Scalia as OTP’s General Counsel. While at the White House, Henry played a significant role in the implementation of the “open skies” satellite policy that spawned new satellite-delivered television networks, including HBO, C-SPAN and CNN. Read more about Henry.

     

     

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    In a conversation with SSPI’s Robert Bell, we hear from Manwei Chan, Project Manager and team leader for the MIT team in the 2018

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    In a conversation with SSPI’s Robert Bell, we hear from Manwei Chan, Project Manager and team leader for the MIT team in the 2018  SSPI-SEDS Competition: Designing the Robotic Space Tug.

    Manwei’s team took second place in the competition with their design of a pair of Full Service SpaceTugs with highly capable robotic arms, enabling them to dock with a wide variety of LEO satellites and service even satellites with no service-enabling features or technology on board. The SpaceTugs would be capable of refueling hydrazine, moving/removing, surveying, and limited repair. Each SpaceTug would have a different specialty based on its secondary propulsion system, with one SpaceTug servicing sun-synchronous orbits with its large hydrazine tank, while the second SpaceTug would be capable of performing higher delta-V maneuvers at a slower pace with its electric propulsion system. Click here to read the full article about their report!

    Manwei is a Matthew Isakowitz Fellow, Draper Fellow, NSF Fellow and PhD candidate at MIT, where he has worked on numerous aerospace projects. He developed a guidance algorithm allowing satellite servicers to approach and match angular rates with an uncontrolled tumbling client and advanced development programs and business development for NanoRacks with a focus on commercializing assets in LEO. Manwei is the President of MIT SEDS, a chapter that he rebooted. He also runs the MIT Space Seminar.

     

       

     

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    In a conversation with SSPI's Robert Bell, Sir Martin Sweeting, Founder and...

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    In a conversation with SSPI's Robert Bell, Sir Martin Sweeting, Founder and Executive Chairman of Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd. (SSTL), talks about his early years,  the leadership lessons he learned, how he hires and what he has learned about leading a team bringing major innovations to market.

    Sir Martin launched SSTL in 1985 to exploit the commercial potential of Surrey's novel small satellites - initially with 4 employees and a capital of just £100. SSTL has grown now to 500 staff with an annual turnover of £100M and exports exceeding £700M. Sir Martin is also a Distinguished Professor at the University of Surrey, where he founded and chairs the Surrey Space Centre.

    Under Sir Martin’s guidance, the Surrey Space Centre has similarly expanded to around 100 researchers working across a wide range of multi-disciplinary space topics, with very close links to both SSTL and ASTRIUM for the sponsorship and exploitation of its research - demonstrating the real synergy of academic research and commercial exploitation. In recognition of his pioneering work on cost-effective spacecraft engineering, Sir Martin was appointed OBE in 1996 and awarded a Knighthood in the Queen's New Year’s Honours list in 2002.

     

     

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    In a conversation with SSPI's Robert Bell, Douglas Clayton, Senior Vice President for Talent Management and HR Learning & Development at SES, talks about his early years,  the leadership lessons he learned, how he hires and what he has learned about leading a team bringing major innovations to market.

    Dr. Douglas Clayton is the Senior Vice President, Talent Management and HR Learning & Development at SES, the world's leading provider of satellite services. Doug joined SES in 2001 and works primarily at SES's Princeton location. His role includes leading SES's global Learning and Development function and providing guidance to SES's HR team for the Americas. Doug is the chairperson of the SES US benefits committee, is a board member of SES Americom, and a board member of the Luxembourg – American Chamber of Commerce. In addition to directing HR functions in the US and Luxembourg, Doug has directed HR functions in the UK, Switzerland, Singapore, Hong Kong, and South Africa.

     

       

     

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