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    SSPI has released a new issue of The Orbiter: Hip at Last!

    SSPI was born thirty-five years ago in a bar in Denver, Colorado. We used to put on black-tie events. Now, SSPI is hip at last.

    Our Future Leaders Dinner at Satellite Innovation was 50% bigger than the previous year in New York. Our Promise Award winners came from SpaceX and Planet, as well as from SSL in Palo Alto, which has seven previous winners to its credit. We also announced our first annual list of the 20 Under 35 people in space and satellite to watch.

    On November 1, we partner with Hogan  Lovells, the New York Space Alliance and the advertising agency Ogilvy to host Astropreneurship Day in New York. From there, it’s off to London for the  Better Satellite World Awards Dinner, where we salute organizations and individuals for making our planet a better home for humanity through the use of space and satellite technology.

    Okay, we still wear jackets. We have not yet added ragged cut-offs or flip-flops to our ensemble. But for a 35-year-old, SSPI is seriously cool.

    In this issue:

    • The 20 Under 35 to Watch: Featuring the 2018 Promise Award Winners
    • Celebrating Mentorship: Randy Segal, the 2018 Mentor of the Year
    • Is There Anyone ELSE Up There??
    • Hire Good People, Value Them – and Tell Them That You Value Them
    • Plus more!

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    SSPI has released a new issue of The Orbiter: Getting Younger Every Year!

    Whether it is SATELLITE in Washington, SmallSat in Silicon Valley, CommunicAsia in Singapore or Global VSAT in London, the age of attendees seems to be declining. That is the sign of an industry that is doing the opposite of declining – one that is tackling big new challenges, breaking with established ways and welcoming new ways of thinking.

    The change is visible in SSPI’s leadership. Seven years ago, almost 90 percent of SSPI’s Board of Directors represented the long-time incumbents of our industry. This year, one-third of our Directors represent companies that are shaking up the old ways, from SpaceX and Kymeta to Planet and OneWeb. Others work for industry stalwarts, from ViaSat to SSL, that have become market disruptors in their own right.

    One day, we might even be considered hip.

    In this issue:

    • Where are They Now? Interviews with former Promise winners
    • Two Ears, One Mouth and a Better World
    • Space Cadets – and Proud of It
    • Join Us as the Future Leaders Dinner Heads West
    • Plus more!

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    SSPI has released a new issue of The Orbiter: Fulfilling the Promise!

    At its recent meeting, our chairman David Myers asked Board members to say in a few words why each of them had chosen to serve SSPI. The near-unanimous verdict: they believed strongly in our mission to attract, recognize and nurture talent. That is more than idealism at work: it is good business sense. McKinsey & Company has compared the growth of 700 companies with independent performance appraisals of their executives. The company found that leadership quality is critical to growth – but that most companies don’t have enough high-quality executives. Companies with a critical mass of executives who got excellent performance appraisals recorded superior growth consistently, both organically and through acquisitions. The more complex and fast-changing the business – and who could find a better description of the space and satellite industry? – the higher the skill level required for success.

    In this issue:

    • SSPI at 35: Developing the Talent that Sustains an Industry
    • Farewell to a Mentor and Friend - Dick Tauber
    • Better Satellite World is Our "Got Milk?" Campaign
    • Plus more!

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    SSPI has released a new issue of The Orbiter: Why We Celebrate!

    The global economy is growing, but politics are a mess. North Korea made nice at the Winter Olympics - and we watched not just on TV (via satellite) but online as well. 5G is coming fast, which could be good or bad. Smart and aggressive competitors are changing the industry by making improbable technologies actually work, and creating excitement, wonder, fear and doubt all at the same time.

    One thing is sure: this year and next year are going to deliver plenty of surprises. 

    So, why celebrate? Because this is what a dynamic technology industry looks like. Opportunity is born, not in predictable times, but in uncertain ones. On March 13, we invite you to raise a glass with us in honor of uncertainty and its rewards.

    In this issue:

    • Who We Celebrate
    • We're Having a Party!
    • Highlights from the SSPI/UKSEDS 2017 Competition
    • Curling with the Rocky Mountain Chapter
    • Plus more!

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    SSPI has released a new issue of The Orbiter: What Has SSPI Done for You Lately?

    We kicked off the Better Satellite World campaign two and a half years ago with a video called “What Has a Satellite Done for You Lately?” It is still one of the most popular in our BSW series, which now runs to 19 videos and text stories.

    “What have you done for me?” is always a good question and, here at year’s end, I thought it was worth answering. What has SSPI done for you this year, whether you are a sponsor, a member or a volunteer who donates time to a chapter or a program? The contributions of cash, care and knowledge all have value, and we are grateful for every single one.

    In this issue:

    • Making a Better World: The 2017 Better Satellite World Award Winners
    • Empires of the Mind
    • Purdue University Team Wins Research Competition for Second Year in a Row, Tying with the University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez
    • What Have SSPI’s Chapters Done Lately?
    • Plus more!

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    SSPI has released a new issue of The Orbiter: Space, Here We Come!

    If you live in the northern hemisphere, you may already be seeing the first signs of autumn. A few leaves tumble by you on the street. The sun, which rose before your alarm clock all summer, is now getting up after you do. The kids call it back-to-school time, which is a great time to talk about what the next generation means to this industry.

    The next generation cares about making a living but they care almost as much about making a difference. Our aim is to target the academic centers of excellence for space and satellite studies and make sure their best and brightest can find their way to us. We also work to give them a reason why. Your support and personal participation make all this possible.

    In this issue:

    • Celebrating Present and Future Leaders
    • The Next Generation Heads Back to School with Your Help
    • Student Competitions Bring New Designs to Life
    • Meet the Next Generation of Talent at SpaceVision
    • Plus more!

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    SSPI has released a new issue of The Orbiter: It's All About You

    Despite what they told you when you became an adult, it really is all about you. 

    But here’s the thing. The “you” it was all about when you were a child is not the same as the “you” of today. This year’s “you” is a much bigger deal. “You” has expanded to encompass the network of colleagues and friends you have built during your career and your life. It contains the people, older than you, who advised you and guided your steps. It also includes the people who will follow you, the ones who you are now advising and guiding.

    If you have lived at all, with each passing year, “you” has increasingly become “us.” That is why SSPI is all about you.

    In this issue:

    • Are You a Future Leader? It’s Up to You
    • Meet a Future Leader’s Latest Achievement
    • Chapter Competition for Young Engineers Yields Leading-Edge Designs
    • Learning How Top Companies Manage their Most Talented People
    • Plus more!

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    SSPI has released the Digital Orbiter magazine for the month of October 2016: We Are Doing It!

    For the second time in the past four years, all three winners of the annual Promise Awards are young women. It is no accident. It’s a trend. On average, three-quarters of winners fom 2013 to 2016 have been women, compared with only one-quarter in the prior four years. In a business where 85% of the workforce is male, according to our most recent workforce study, the Promise Awards point toward a different future. Women once predominated in marketing, government relations, human resources and similar “relationship” jobs, but 70 percent of the female Promise Winners since 2013 have been engineers.

    What does it mean? It means that the companies in our industry are getting smarter about spotting talent, regardless of the package it comes in. Not only are they spotting it, they are actively giving talented people challenges that fully engage them and help bind them to the organization’s mission. Those are two recipes for long-term success.

    In this issue:

    • Introducing the 2016 Promise Award Winners and Mentor of the Year!
    • How They Got Here: A Conversation with the Promise Award Winners
    • Where are They Now? A Conversation with Past Promise Award Winners
    • Making an Impact - A Story from Clayton Mowry, 2013 Mentor of the Year
    • Upcoming Events
    • Plus more!

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    SSPI has released a new issue of The Orbiter: Welcome to the Ecosystem

    Satellite runs the modern world, though not enough of our customers and prospects know it. In a world of increasing connectivity, mobility and data-intensity, satellite is more than ever the essential infrastructure of the planet.

    Satellite is also evolving, from being the only way to get video to viewers into the only cost-effective way to get must-see content to a national or international audience. It has a long future ahead of it as the on-ramp to online and mobile distribution.

    In this issue:

    • The Future of Media on Satellite
    • Coming Up on May 9: A New Century Workforce Webinar
    • Satellite & The Ethics of Finding Aliens
    • Better Satellite World Story: Reporting from the Heart of Disaster
    • Plus more!

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    SSPI has released a new issue of The Orbiter: Rising

    Everywhere we turned at SATELLITE 2017, we saw people joining forces to raise the bar for our industry. The constant growth of our industry is the product of our combined labor, made mighty by our ability to collaborate for the common good.

    And that rising action has inspired us to look at our industry rising with this issue of The Orbiter. We look at our Hall of Fame inductees, who have dedicated their careers to bringing our industry to new heights. We look at the Rising Five new space companies, who will help to elevate our industry to the future. And we look at the lives satellite technology saves through a new and inspirational video showing how what we do in our industry continually creates new ways to rescue people when they need it most.

    In this issue:

    • Read about the 2017 Inductees to the Satellite Hall of Fame
    • Get to know the 2017 Rising Five
    • Photo Album of the 2017 Hall of Fame Benefit Dinner
    • A New Better Satellite World Video: The Lives We Save
    • Upcoming Student Competitions, Deadlines and Events
    • Plus more!

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    SSPI has released a new issue of The Orbiter: Did You Save a Life Today?

    Did you save a life today? You probably did.

    Even if you didn’t, you probably made one better. You helped people reach a higher standard of living and, for people who had no future to speak of, you helped provide one.

    How do I know this about you? Because you work with satellites, and those are the things that satellite technology does best.  

    Of course, it’s not what you think about most of the working day. Depending on your job, you think about radio frequencies and throughput, payloads and launch costs, markets that are growing and markets where pricing pressure is squeezing us hard. It’s what you get paid to think about and to work at – but it is not what you really do.

    In this issue:

    • A Night to Remember
    • Making a Better World: The 2016 Better Satellite World Awards Dinner
    • Photo Album of the Better Satellite World Awards Dinner
    • Recruiting the Next Generation of Talent at SpaceVision
    • Upcoming Events
    • Plus more!

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    SSPI has released a new issue of The Orbiter: Looking Back, Looking Forward!

    The past year was when the satellite industry learned that we have to begin again. For decades, satellite was renowned for the stability of its business performance and the evolutionary pace at which its technology changed. That’s what made the industry attractive to private equity in this new century: we offered a stable stream of earnings in a business whose performance did not correlate with the business cycle of most other industries.

    What a difference a year makes. At the end of December 2016, it is clear that the price per kilogram to orbit is heading downward and that transponder cost per megahertz or megabit is going the same way. Despite capacity gluts in some markets, it is clear that there will be a lot more satellites and bandwidth in orbit in coming years. The old ways have changed and every business in the industry is adapting at a furious pace, driving a wave of innovation, fear and excitement not seen for years.

    I’m proud to say that the same is true of SSPI. Like our industry, we had predictable finances and changed at an evolutionary pace for years and years. Those days are gone – and our best days are still ahead. This was the year when SSPI began all over again. We have focused our work on four key missions, each supporting our goal of making satellite the most effective industry in the world at attracting and managing the talent that powers innovation.

    In this issue:

    • The Year of Beginning Again
    • Looking Back, Looking Forward: Words from Our Chapters
    • Photo Album of the Future Leaders Dinner
    • Upcoming Events
    • Plus more!

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    SSPI has released the Digital Orbiter magazine for the month of September 2016: Working in a New Century!

    The future isn’t what it used to be. It’s better. The question we need to ask ourselves is: are we ready for it?

    SSPI is on a mission to make this industry one of the world’s best at attracting and nurturing the talent that powers innovation. Last month, we told you about one of our campaigns: Better Satellite World. With the help of many partners, we are making sure that the next generation – as well as future customers and today’s policymakers – know that satellite is the world’s indispensable infrastructure and one of the most exciting businesses in which to work. This issue of The Orbiter is dedicated to another of our ongoing campaigns: the New Century Workforce.

    In this issue:

    • SSPI Announces the 2016 Promise and Mentor Award Winners!
    • The Right Talent for the Right Role: An Interview with Angela Galyean, VP, Human Resources, Intelsat
    • The Workforce: What Two Related Industries have Learned
    • Upcoming Events
    • Plus more!

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    SSPI has released the Digital Orbiter magazine for the month of August 2016!

    In this issue:

    • How We Make a Better World - Together
    • Better Satellite World Stories: Satellites and the Beautiful Game and Building the Broadband Economy
    • Better Satellite World: The View from the Trenches
    • Where Churchill Lit His Cigars & Satellites were Imagined - London 2015
    • Learn how to submit nominations for the 2016 Better Satellite World Awards
    • Upcoming Events
    • Plus more!

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    SSPI has released the Digital Orbiter magazine for the month of July 2016!

    In this issue:

    • Learn about an SSPI "Covert Op" that Attracts Students to Satellite
    • A New Better Satellite World Video: How Satellites Puts a Better Wine in Your Glass
    • Learn how to submit nominations for the 2016 Promise and Mentor Awards
    • Meet the 2016 SSPI Scholarship recipients
    • Upcoming Events
    • Plus more!

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