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    SSPI has released a new edition of The Orbiter: Satellites Untangling the Supply Chain!

    Remember how glad we all were to say goodbye to 2020 after 10 months spent in an accelerating global health crisis? Surely 2021 had to be better.

    And then, 12 months later, we were so glad to say goodbye to 2021. Adding to a pandemic that refused to quit were growing snarls in the world’s supply chains for physical goods, with containers and ships in all the wrong places, continued lockdowns and shortages of components rippling through global production processes. Surely 2022 had to be better.

    You know the rest. Russia’s unprovoked attack on Ukraine, in addition to its sheer barbarity, has further scrambled world trade and given inflation a major boost. Satellites that once flew on Ukraine’s massive Antonov cargo plane are now making their slow way by boat and truck to launch sites – just one example of supply chains stretched to the breaking point.

    Economic travail has at least given SSPI the chance to showcase a largely invisible but indispensable component of global trade. That’s our industry: the space communication networks and eyes in the sky that grease the wheels of global trade every day. For the past six weeks, SSPI has been focusing its podcasts, videos and online events on Untangling the Supply Chain.

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    In this issue:

    • Tangled in Our Own Chains – By Robert Bell, Executive Director
    • Staffing the Satellite Assembly Line
    • Solving Supply Chain Troubles
    • Navigating Global Upheaval
    • Pessimism and Space Lasers – By Louis Zacharilla, Director of Innovation
    • Plus More!

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    SSPI has released a new issue of The Orbiter: Climate Sensing!

    American author and humorist Mark Twain once observed how many conversations begin with a mention of the weather. And that peeved him. Everybody talks about the weather, he complained, but nobody does anything about it.

    For those with eyes to see and ears to hear, the days of talking about the weather and not doing anything about it are waning fast. I’m referring, of course, to the climate change emergency. As we move from the dire early warnings of scientists to the lived experience of disturbing and destructive weather, even those who would really, really, really like to ignore and dismiss it are finding doubt creeping in.

    So, it is a good time to ask again what we can do about it. For the past seven weeks, SSPI has been asking that question in our Climate Sense campaign. Our followers have heard from NASA and the Environmental Defense Fund. They have assessed agricultural risks with a precision-agriculture entrepreneur and a venture investor. And they have heard the unique perspective on the Earth that astronaut Nicole Stott gained in her service aboard ISS. In videos and podcasts and live online conversations, we have explored the essential contributions of satellite to understanding and taking action.

    In this issue:

    • Making Sense of the Climate Emergency - By Robert Bell, Executive Director
    • Back to Earth: What Life in Space Taught Me About Our Home Planet – and Our Mission to Protect It - By Nicole Stott
    • Protecting the World’s Forests from Greater Threats
    • Ensuring the Food and Water Supply for Us All
    • Why the Weathermen Lied and the Penguins Moved South - By Louis Zacharilla, Director of Innovation
    • Plus More!

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    SSPI has released a new issue of The Orbiter: Getting Engaged in Space!

    The founders of SSPI saw that the industry was destined to grow far beyond its narrow bounds. They saw the need for an international organization that existed principally for the people of the industry – to connect them for peer learning and support, to provide a broader perspective than their current job could provide, and through that to make them more valuable to themselves and their employers.

    Thirty-eight years later, Space & Satellite Professionals International is still at it. This issue of The Orbiter is dedicated to that singular mission of engagement across the boundaries of discipline, job category, company and nation. It is about all the ways that the people of space and satellite engage through the industry’s biggest membership association.

    In this issue:

    • Getting Engaged in Space - By Robert Bell, Executive Director
    • It Began with a Dream - By Louis Zacharilla, Director of Development and Innovation
    • Where Passion and Promise Meet - By Tamara Bond-Williams, Membership Director
    • Is Mentoring a Service to Others – or to Yourself? - By Robert Bell, Executive Director
    • Plus More!

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    SSPI has released a new issue of The Orbiter: They Changed the World!

    “Changing the world” is a big claim to make. Alexander conquered some of it. Without Marie Curie’s pioneering research into radioactivity, we would not have discovered the atom, which has changed a thing or two in the world. Joseph Lister and Jonas Salk drove deadly diseases affecting billions into near extinction.  

    When SSPI inducts people into the industry’s Hall of Fame, we say it is for achievements that transform life on Earth for the better through space and satellite technologies. The shoes, as the old saying goes, are big to fill.

    In this issue:

    • They Changed the World - By Robert Bell, Executive Director
    • Leadership in Turbulent Times
    • Celebrating Lifetimes of Achievement
    • A Way You’ll Never Be - By Louis Zacharilla, Director of Development and Innovation
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    SSPI has released a new issue of The Orbiter: How I Got Started in This Crazy Business!

    At SSPI, we interview many established and emerging leaders for our Making Leaders campaign. The topics vary, but one question always comes up: “What got you started in this business?”

    And every time, the question we really want to ask is this: “How did you get started in this crazy business?” Because everything we do in space and satellite is as close to impossible as it can be while still lifting off the ground, circling the Earth or heading for the stars. And the pathways we take into careers can be every bit as surprising.

    In this issue:

    • How I Got Started in This Crazy Business - By Robert Bell, Executive Director
    • Raising a Glass to the 20 Under 35 of 2020
    • Cheering on the 2020 Mentor of the Year
    • SSPI Chapters Celebrate World Space Week
    • The Risk of Having Pizza in Virginia - By Lou Zacharilla, Director of Development and Innovation
    • Plus More!

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    SSPI has released a new issue of The Orbiter: Satellites and Public Health!

    While we do not have a satellite that can produce a vaccine or lift the declining social index for those of us who thrive on personal relationships and physical proximity, our industry is playing a major role in keeping civil society and swaths of the economy intact. As satellites were instrumental in helping to eradicate Polio in nations like India, they are now enabling telemedicine services to help others around the world stay well, become diagnosed properly and heal. Nearly 80% of people seeing doctors during this crisis are seeing them online. Online medicine is helping those who tragically experience the dark impact of isolation, loneliness and depression.

    If our industry was indispensable before the COVID-19 pandemic, it will be fundamental to the new abnormal we will have after this disease. If, as the echo chamber maintains, we are digitizing the economy more rapidly as a result of the spread of this virus, then satellite will become even more indispensable.

    In this issue, you’ll read stories from your colleagues throughout the industry about how satellite companies’s products and services are being used to protect and strengthen public health around the world!

    In this issue:

    • You Have to Go Through to Get To - By Tamara Bond-Williams, Membership Director, SSPI
    • Saving a Life from Orbit - By Tory Bruno, President & CEO, United Launch Alliance
    • Addressing a Global Pandemic with Geospatial Data - By Dr. Walter Scott, EVP & CTO and Rhiannan Price, Director of Sustainable Development Practice, Maxar Technologies
    • Satellite Enabling a Human Healing Touch amid the COVID-19 Pandemic - By Jeremy Turpin, Co-Founder and CTO, Isotropic Systems
    • When Lives Depend on Lines of Communication, Satellite Delivers - By Paul Gaske, EVP and General Manager for North America, Hughes Network Systems
    • New Solutions to Communications Gaps in Times of Crisis - By Cate Van Oppen, Product Manager, Kymeta Corporation
    • The New Abnormal - By Louis Zacharilla, Director of Development and Innovation, SSPI
    • Plus More!

     

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    SSPI has released a new issue of The Orbiter: People - The Engine of Space and Satellite!

    Leadership is of utmost importance to our industry – because investment and technology may be the fuel for its remarkable advance, but people are the engine. We have set ourselves some truly daunting goals, from filling the sky with satellites to turning earth observation into the biggest Big Data asset of all time and creating the first space economy in history. We will only achieve them by attracting, developing and retaining people who can learn to lead, whether it is a small test and measurement team or an entire company pioneering technologies that were science fiction twenty years ago.

    Valuable lessons on leadership are available from the many interviews we have conducted with members of the Space & Satellite Hall of Fame and our 20 Under 35 cohorts of future leaders. Leadership is a complicated subject, but they do a remarkable job of capturing the essentials in a few words.

    In this issue:

    • Satellites are Easy – People are Hard
    • Looking Back to Look Forward
    • Celebrating Lifetimes of Achievement: The 2020 Hall of Fame Inductees
    • London’s Bridge of Generations
    • Plus more!

     

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    SSPI has released a new issue of The Orbiter: The Future is Looking Up!

    After a never-before-seen wave of private investment in space, investors are waiting to see which of their bets will pan out. What will the space and satellite industry look like in 2029?

    In this issue of The Orbiter, we ask some smart people—including Iridium CEO Matt Desch, ManSat CEO Chris Stott and NSR Senior Analyst Gagan Agrawal—what the space and satellite business will be doing ten years from now.

    In this issue:

    • Will the Future Finally Arrive this Time?
    • The Proliferation of Satellite IoT: It’s Only Just Beginning
    • How Will People Watch Netflix on the Moon?
    • Youth Not Wasted
    • Plus more!

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    SSPI has released a new issue of The Orbiter: The Big View!

    When the crew of Apollo 8 ventured beyond low Earth orbit into cislunar space in 1968, they brought us back the first full portrait of our home planet, blazing blue and white against the black backdrop of infinite space. Today, as we enter the Age of Commercial Space, the value of that view of Earth is rapidly rising through the billions to the trillions of dollars. 

    In this issue of The Orbiter, we celebrate the enormous contribution that Earth observation (EO) and its data make to life on the ground.

    In this issue:

    • The Evolution of Earth Observation
    • SSPI is Looking for the Next “20 Under 35” Young Professionals to Watch in the Coming Years!
    • The “Underview Effect”
    • Navigating a New Era of Connectivity
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    SSPI has released a new issue of The Orbiter: Reinventing the Industry!

    This business was once one for patient capital seeking a good long-term return. Patience no longer seems to be much of a virtue. Never before in the history of business in space has so much money been gambled on so many sectors and business models at one time. According to the latest numbers I have seen, the sector has attracted $17.8 billion in new venture investment since 2000 – not including government and export credit financing – and more than $7 billion in 2017-18 alone.

    For those of us who are not investors seeking return or entrepreneurs seeking investment, what does it mean? The disruptions are already becoming sharp: from the decline of satellite-based pay TV subscriptions in major markets to price erosion for satellite capacity and the blooming fields of data extracted from earth observation. Established companies in fleet operations, satellite services and technology are evolving fast, because what was in investors’ minds a few years ago is remaking their world.

    The reinvention of the industry is taking place too fast. It is also taking place too slowly. New business models still have to prove their resilience. Established companies have to prove their ability to adapt. In that situation, patience is still a virtue.

    In this issue:

    • The SSPI Hall of Fame Class of 2019
    • The Best Way to Predict the Future is to Invent It
    • Making Leaders Interview: Steve Collar, President & CEO, SES
    • Interview with Jason Rainbow, Group Editor-in-Chief, Finance Information Group
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    SSPI has released a new issue of The Orbiter: The New Space Chase!

    For decades, commercial space lived on one side of a high wall, and government and military space (with its prime contractors) lived on the other. Now that wall is coming down, piece by piece, thanks in part to the relentless efforts of leaders and in part to an irresistible logic. Innovation and risk-taking are in the DNA of business. Continuity and protection from harm are in the DNA of government. Put them together and you get today: a time when innovators on both sides of the wall are finding new ways to make partnership pay off for space agencies, for business, and for the citizens of their nations.

    In this issue:

    • Civilian Government in Commercial Space: The Next Generation
    • Mind the Gap
    • Incubating Future Industry Leaders
    • Making Leaders: “Empowering People to Do the Right Thing”
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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
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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
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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
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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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