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    (New York City, October 7, 2020) – Space & Satellite Professionals International (SSPI) today announced the launch of the New SSPI Canada chapter. SSPI is an...

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    (New York City, October 7, 2020) – Space & Satellite Professionals International (SSPI) today announced the launch of the New SSPI Canada chapter. SSPI is an international professional development society serving professionals in the satellite communications industry. Through the establishment of local chapters, SSPI furthers the mission of the society at the regional level by providing members with the opportunity to advance their careers through information sharing, outreach and professional networking.

    The mission of the SSPI Canada Chapter is to stimulate the growth of the satellite industry in Canada and to expand the research, innovation and development of the industry by attracting world-class talent and promoting the development of satellite professionals. To fulfill our mission, the SSPI Canada chapter is also linked with several of our fellow members in a variety of industrial bodies, educational institutions and government organizations.

    “SSPI Canada will become one of our most important chapters and we are excited about this new branch of the SSPI tree.  The innovation taking place in Canada and the talent produced by its companies and schools is contributing to a fast-growing industry, a better world and the infrastructure being built to take human beings into space permanently.  We are confident this chapter will make a significant contribution.” Lou Zacharilla, Director of Innovation, SSPI.

    Cristi Damian, VP Business Development at Advantech Wireless Technologies and SSPI Canada Chapter President said, “Canada has a long and outstanding heritage in development of Space and Satellite technologies. We designed and operated our own satellites dating as far back as 1962 – satellites that presented great performance and a remarkably long service life. The Canadian expertise is currently growing in the fields that cover LEO, MEO and GEO satellites, Space Robotics, Sensors, 5G and Artificial Intelligence.

    “We are extending an invitation to all of our Canadian colleagues, partners, and customers to join our newly formed SSPI Canadian chapter. Let’s all bring together our expertise, knowledge and innovation capabilities to solve today’s technological challenges – and to learn from one another by working in concert. Together, we can address complex, multidimensional projects, achieve excellence in our respective fields and promote Canada’s Space knowhow and outstanding reputation to the rest of the world.”

    Vagan Shakhgildian, CEO at UHP Networks said, “I feel honoured to be part of the founding Board of the SSPI Canada Chapter. These are challenging times, but also very exciting times in the industry, with the names of Canadian-based projects such as Telesat LEO, Kepler and others resonating throughout the world . We look forward to working with all the present and future space and satellite professionals across Canada, from coast to coast. Our collective task will be to foster the spirit of creativity and exploration, which has been driving our community forward since the early days of space activities in the country.”

    “The launch of SSPI’s Canadian Chapter is a fantastic opportunity to build new and strengthen existing relationships within the Canadian space ecosystem. We are really excited not only to be a founding member of this new Chapter, but to get the opportunity to work with people across our country to help build this great community,” said Jeffrey R. Osborne, Co-founder & VP Business Development, Kepler Communications.

    Join Advantech Wireless Technologies, Kepler Communications, UHP Networks and the Space & Satellite Professionals International (SSPI) at the Webinar: Opportunities and Challenges for New LEO Constellations. Thursday October 29th 2020 at 11am EST.

    For more details visit the SSPI Canada chapter page.


    About SSPI
    Founded in 1983, Space & Satellite Professionals International (www.sspi.org) is on a mission to make the space and satellite industry one of the world’s best at attracting and engaging the talent that powers innovation. The space and satellite business has never seen a time of greater experimentation and disruption than we see today. Investment is the fuel for transformation, but people are the engine. SSPI helps the industry attract, develop and retain the talented people it needs to keep the engine turning. People who connect through high-profile events and gain recognition from prestigious awards. People who rely on SSPI for a broader understanding of the industry as much as for individual networking and career mentoring. From young people seeking a career path to industry veterans with wisdom to share, SSPI connects them all.

    Talent, investment and opportunity flow to industries that make a difference. SSPI is the only organization that also promotes the enormous value of space and satellite through dramatic stories of our technologies and companies making a better world. Those stories overturn misconceptions about the industry that hold it back. They inspire our people and attract new ones to the industry. They help justify investment and give new customers a reason to care about our services and products. Through the stories we tell and the people we serve, SSPI inspires the growth of the $1 trillion space economy of the future.

     

    For More Information
    Victoria Krisman
    Communications Manager
    Space & Satellite Professionals International
    vkrisman@sspi.org

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    (September 30, 2020 – New York City) – Space & Satellite Professionals International (SSPI) today released its newest Better Satellite World video: Is There a Satellite Inside? Aimed at...

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    (September 30, 2020 – New York City) – Space & Satellite Professionals International (SSPI) today released its newest Better Satellite World video: Is There a Satellite Inside? Aimed at middle and senior high school students, it asks a series of questions about the satellites “hiding in plain sight” around the Earth, working behind the scenes to bring them television, weather updates and even breakfast.

    Is There a Satellite Inside? is the second in a video series, sponsored by Hunter Communications, that aims to teach the next generation of space enthusiasts about the role satellites play in everyday life. The video posits questions for individual or classroom viewing; in the classroom, teachers can pause the video after each question to allow time for discussion before restarting it to hear the answer. The first video in the series, The Road to Space, debuted in March and is available on SSPI’s website.

    "Our school series started when SSPI members asked us for content they could take into their children’s classrooms to explain what they did for a living,” said executive director Robert Bell. “Most STEM content related to space focuses on human spaceflight, which is a small if high profile of the $400 billion space and satellite industry. Thanks to the support of Hunter Communications, The Road to Space and Is There a Satellite Inside? begin to redress the balance.”

    You can watch Is There a Satellite Inside? on SSPI’s website. SSPI is at work on a third video in the series and seeks sponsors for additional videos.


    About SSPI
    Founded in 1983, Space & Satellite Professionals International (www.sspi.org) is on a mission to make the space and satellite industry one of the world’s best at attracting and engaging the talent that powers innovation. The space and satellite business has never seen a time of greater experimentation and disruption than we see today. Investment is the fuel for transformation, but people are the engine. SSPI helps the industry attract, develop and retain the talented people it needs to keep the engine turning. People who connect through high-profile events and gain recognition from prestigious awards. People who rely on SSPI for a broader understanding of the industry as much as for individual networking and career mentoring. From young people seeking a career path to industry veterans with wisdom to share, SSPI connects them all.

    Talent, investment and opportunity flow to industries that make a difference. SSPI is the only organization that also promotes the enormous value of space and satellite through dramatic stories of our technologies and companies making a better world. Those stories overturn misconceptions about the industry that hold it back. They inspire our people and attract new ones to the industry. They help justify investment and give new customers a reason to care about our services and products. Through the stories we tell and the people we serve, SSPI inspires the growth of the $1 trillion space economy of the future.


    For More Information
    Victoria Krisman
    Communications Manager
    Space & Satellite Professionals International
    vkrisman@sspi.org

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    (September 17, 2020 – New York City) – The Space & Satellite Professionals International (SSPI) today announced the third annual “20 Under 35” list of outstanding young space and...

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    (September 17, 2020 – New York City) – The Space & Satellite Professionals International (SSPI) today announced the third annual “20 Under 35” list of outstanding young space and satellite professionals age 35 and under. The honorees will be celebrated at SSPI’s virtual Future Leaders Celebration on October 6 during Satellite Innovation 2020 Virtual. The 2020 “20 Under 35” list is sponsored by Hogan Lovells, Isotropic Networks, Maxar Technologies and Momentus Inc.

    SSPI’s annual list of "20 Under 35" features 20 employees and entrepreneurs to keep your eye on in coming years. They were selected from nominations submitted by companies recognizing excellence in their young talent, by entrepreneurs seeking to make their mark on the industry, and by peers seeing and applauding leadership and achievement. The nominations were evaluated by a panel of judges including Joseph Amor, Alain Rolle of ST Engineering iDirect, James Shaw of Telesat, Chris Quilty of Quilty Analytics, Patrick Rayermann of Linquest and Kathleen Karika of Maxar. These individuals are also among the Mentors supporting SSPI’s student outreach programs. At the Future Leaders Celebration, the three top-ranked members of the 20 Under 35 will be named as this year’s Promise Award winners.

    “Each year’s 20 Under 35 list is an inspiration,” said executive director Robert Bell. “Long before they are in a position in the organizational chart to have a material impact, they have added major value to their companies with effects that will be felt far into the future.”

    The 20 Under 35 of 2020:

    • Harriet Brettle, Head of Business Analysis, Astroscale
    • Reina Buenconsejo, Ph.D. Student, Chemistry Dept., California Institute of Technology
    • Bethany Downer, Public Information Officer, European Space Agency – Hubble Space Telescope
    • James Farrell, Associate Technical Fellow, Boeing Space and Launch
    • Giulia Federico, Co-Founder, Space Products and Innovation GmbH (SPiN)
    • George John, Associate, Hogan Lovells
    • Pierre-Alexis Joumel, Business Growth Manager, Airbus Defence and Space
    • Taylor Kerl, Systems Engineer, Maxar Technologies
    • Adnan Al Muhairi, Deputy Chief Technical Officer, Yahsat
    • Dr. Tobias Niederwieser, Research Associate, University of Colorado-Boulder
    • Joost van Oorschot, Founder and CEO, Maana Electric SA
    • Melissa Orlick, Director of Maritime Communications, Isotropic Networks
    • Nicholas Puschman, Associate, Bird & Bird LLP
    • Sahith Reddy Madara, Aerospace Research Engineer – Cube Satellite Lab, University of Sharjah
    • Manny Shar, Head of Analytics, Bryce Space and Technology
    • Dr. Jeffrey Stuart, Technologist/GNC Engineer, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
    • Derek Thompson, PhD, Lead Propulsion Systems Engineer, Phase Four
    • Fatmah Al Yammahi, Flight Dynamics Manager, Yahsat
    • Brittany Zajic, Business Development and Disaster Response Operations Lead, Planet Labs Inc.
    • Brittany Zimmerman, Aerospace Engineer, Paragon Space Development

    Full profiles of the 20 Under 35 can be found at www.20under35.com.


    About SSPI
    Founded in 1983, Space & Satellite Professionals International (www.sspi.org) is on a mission to make the space and satellite industry one of the world’s best at attracting and engaging the talent that powers innovation. The space and satellite business has never seen a time of greater experimentation and disruption than we see today. Investment is the fuel for transformation, but people are the engine. SSPI helps the industry attract, develop and retain the talented people it needs to keep the engine turning. People who connect through high-profile events and gain recognition from prestigious awards. People who rely on SSPI for a broader understanding of the industry as much as for individual networking and career mentoring. From young people seeking a career path to industry veterans with wisdom to share, SSPI connects them all.

    Talent, investment and opportunity flow to industries that make a difference. SSPI is the only organization that also promotes the enormous value of space and satellite through dramatic stories of our technologies and companies making a better world. Those stories overturn misconceptions about the industry that hold it back. They inspire our people and attract new ones to the industry. They help justify investment and give new customers a reason to care about our services and products. Through the stories we tell and the people we serve, SSPI inspires the growth of the $1 trillion space economy of the future.


    For More Information
    Victoria Krisman
    Communications Manager
    Space & Satellite Professionals International
    vkrisman@sspi.org

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    Honor to take place at SSPI’s 15th Annual Future Leaders Celebration on October 6

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    Honor to take place at SSPI’s 15th Annual Future Leaders Celebration on October 6

    (September 10, 2020 – New York City) – The Space & Satellite Professionals International (SSPI) today announced that it will present its 2020 Mentor of the Year Award to Dawn Harms, Chief Revenue Officer at Momentus Inc. (www.momentus.space) Dawn will be honored on October 6 at SSPI’s 15th Annual Future Leaders Celebration for the attention, support and guidance she has provided to young professionals throughout her career. During the celebration, SSPI will also honor the “20 Under 35” space and satellite professionals to watch in the coming years and present three of them with its Promise Award for outstanding achievement.

    “Dawn is known across the space and satellite industry for her leadership, her generosity and her willingness to dig in and solve problems, whether for her employer, her colleagues or young people needing a helping hand,” said executive director Robert Bell.  “SSPI is privileged to be able to call attention to her work as a mentor to the next generation, which she values as highly as her many achievements in this demanding business.”  

    The 2020 Future Leaders Celebration (www.satfuture.com) will take place virtually via Zoom on Tuesday, October 6 in conjunction with the Satellite Innovation 2020 virtual conference, produced by SatNews publishers. The proceeds of the celebration go to fund SSPI’s educational, professional development and industry growth initiatives.


    The SSPI 2020 Mentor of the Year:
     

    Dawn Harms

    Chief Revenue Officer, Momentus Inc.

    Dawn Harms is Chief Revenue Officer at Momentus, a startup which has raised over $80 million, providing in-space transportation and logistics services. In her current role, she leads a team that develops and manages critical relationships with a wide range of customers and partners, including cubesat and small satellite operators and manufacturers as well as launch service providers. It is a role that comes naturally to this 35-year veteran of the space and satellite industry.

    Dawn has spent her career in sales, marketing and communications delivering high value to her employers. She began her career as a TWT Design Engineer at Teledyne MEC, then was recruited by Ford Aerospace as a subject matter expert in microwave components in subcontract engineering management. Dawn went on to serve in many executive positions throughout the industry, including Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Space Systems/Loral (now MAXAR), as Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Communications at ILS International Launch Services and as Vice President of Global Sales and Marketing at Boeing Satellite Systems International.

    In addition to her professional accomplishments, Dawn serves on the industrial advisory board for the College of Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she received her Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. She also serves as a member of the Board of Directors at ManSat and is Chair Emeritus of the SSPI Board of Directors.

    While serving in mission-critical executive roles, Dawn has always taken time to mentor the next generation, both at the companies where she works and by working with students looking to enter the industry. She has served as mentor for many new arrivals at Momentus, including interns for whom she had no specific job responsibility. Dawn is always available to answer questions, making sure everyone is heard at meetings and providing critical feedback to help with the transition from new hire to full member of the team.

    According to one of Dawn’s recent mentees at Momentus, “Dawn is one of the busiest people that I know, and for her to take time out of her busy schedule to mentor and develop new hires, her team and students both within and outside the organization speaks volumes. I have grown immensely since joining the company. Not only have I noticed an improvement in my business acumen, but I have reaffirmed my interest in the space industry and become confident that I can thrive here – and I have Dawn to thank for this. She is, without doubt, ​someone in the industry that helped get me to where I am today.”

    For the past several years, Dawn has distinguished herself as a mentor to university student teams in joint research competitions produced by SSPI and the Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS) in the US and UK. As a team mentor, she has provided real-world advice and counsel to teams, reviewed their detailed technical reports and helped SSPI select winning teams. Students have repeatedly praised her personal devotion and generosity, including a team that she hosted for a week so they could tour the Virgin Orbit, SpaceX and Relativity Space manufacturing facilities. Dawn is one of more than 20 SSPI members serving as mentors to help guide students into careers in commercial space and satellite.


    About SSPI
    Founded in 1983, Space & Satellite Professionals International (www.sspi.org) is on a mission to make the space and satellite industry one of the world’s best at attracting and engaging the talent that powers innovation. The space and satellite business has never seen a time of greater experimentation and disruption than we see today. Investment is the fuel for transformation, but people are the engine. SSPI helps the industry attract, develop and retain the talented people it needs to keep the engine turning. People who connect through high-profile events and gain recognition from prestigious awards. People who rely on SSPI for a broader understanding of the industry as much as for individual networking and career mentoring. From young people seeking a career path to industry veterans with wisdom to share, SSPI connects them all.

    Talent, investment and opportunity flow to industries that make a difference. SSPI is the only organization that also promotes the enormous value of space and satellite through dramatic stories of our technologies and companies making a better world. Those stories overturn misconceptions about the industry that hold it back. They inspire our people and attract new ones to the industry. They help justify investment and give new customers a reason to care about our services and products. Through the stories we tell and the people we serve, SSPI inspires the growth of the $1 trillion space economy of the future.

     

    For More Information
    Victoria Krisman
    Communications Manager
    Space & Satellite Professionals International
    vkrisman@sspi.org

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    (July 7, 2020 – New York City) – Space & Satellite Professionals International (SSPI) today announced the results of 2020 elections to its Board of Directors....

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    (July 7, 2020 – New York City) – Space & Satellite Professionals International (SSPI) today announced the results of 2020 elections to its Board of Directors. The SSPI membership has elected four new Directors and re-elected three Directors to serve three-year terms beginning July 1. Newly elected and re-elected Directors include:

    • Mike Antonovich, CEO, Eutelsat Americas
    • Tony Gingiss, CEO, OneWeb Satellites
    • Katherine Gizinski, Chief Commercial Officer, ManSat
    • Christopher Johnson, President, Boeing Satellite Systems International
    • Sharyn Nerenberg, Senior Director of Corporate Communications, Hughes Network Systems
    • Mike Safyan, Vice President, Launch, Planet
    • Jeremy Turpin, Chief Technology Officer and Co-Founder, Isotropic Systems

    “Members of SSPI’s Board represent the full range of our industry,” said executive director Robert Bell, “from manufacturing to launch to services, and from businesses with a long and proud legacy to new companies turning innovation into commercial success. They are driving SSPI’s mission to demonstrate the importance of space and satellite to the world and to ensure that our companies can attract and develop the talent needed to fulfill their enormous potential.”  

    Continuing in service on SSPI’s Board of Directors are:

    • Jonathan Crawford, President & Chief Executive Officer, The SPACECONNECTION
    • Jonathan Hofeller, Vice-President of Commercial Sales, SpaceX
    • Keith Johnson
    • Aaron Lewis, Vice President, Corporate Communications & Government Relations, Arianespace, Inc.
    • Reza Rasoulian, Executive Advisor, Carnival Cruise Lines
    • Nicole Robinson, Senior Vice President, Global Government, SES (President)
    • Dr. Walter Scott, Chief Technology Officer, Maxar
    • Billie Sims, Vice President, Government Programs, Hunter Communications
    • Thomas van den Driessche, President and Chief Commercial Officer, ST Engineering iDirect (Chair)

    Elizabeth Evans of Reed Smith LLP serves as General Council. SSPI thanks outgoing Chair David Myers, President of the Communications Sector at  Peraton, and outgoing director David Kagan, CEO of Globalstar, for their years of service to the association.


    About SSPI
    Founded in 1983, Space & Satellite Professionals International (www.sspi.org) is on a mission to make the space and satellite industry one of the world’s best at attracting and engaging the talent that powers innovation. The space and satellite business has never seen a time of greater experimentation and disruption than we see today. Investment is the fuel for transformation, but people are the engine. SSPI helps the industry attract, develop and retain the talented people it needs to keep the engine turning. People who connect through high-profile events and gain recognition from prestigious awards. People who rely on SSPI for a broader understanding of the industry as much as for individual networking and career mentoring. From young people seeking a career path to industry veterans with wisdom to share, SSPI connects them all.

    Talent, investment and opportunity flow to industries that make a difference. SSPI is the only organization that also promotes the enormous value of space and satellite through dramatic stories of our technologies and companies making a better world. Those stories overturn misconceptions about the industry that hold it back. They inspire our people and attract new ones to the industry. They help justify investment and give new customers a reason to care about our services and products. Through the stories we tell and the people we serve, SSPI inspires the growth of the $1 trillion space economy of the future.

     

    For More Information
    Victoria Krisman
    Communications Manager
    Space & Satellite Professionals International
    vkrisman@sspi.org

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    (June 25, 2020 – New York City) – The Board of Directors of Space & Satellite Professionals International has appointed Thomas Van Den Driessche, President and Chief Commercial...

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    (June 25, 2020 – New York City) – The Board of Directors of Space & Satellite Professionals International has appointed Thomas Van Den Driessche, President and Chief Commercial Officer of ST Engineering iDirect, as its new Chair, and Nicole Robinson, Senior Vice President for Global Government at SES, as its new President, effective July 1, 2020. Thomas succeeds David Myers, President of the Communications Sector at Peraton, who has served on the Board as a Director, President and Chair since 2013. David is stepping down at the end of his final term with the gratitude of the entire Board for his many contributions.

    Thomas Van Den Driessche is President & CCO at ST Engineering iDirect, where he is responsible for defining strategy, execution and communications to achieve the company’s short- and long-term goals. Thomas has been active in the broadcast and satellite markets for 18 years, including 11 years at Newtec, where he held a variety of positions, including Sales and Business Development, VP of Market Strategy and CCO before finally becoming CEO. Before joining Newtec, he began his career as a product manager in the broadcast and AV market and received awards for his work from leading organizations such as NAB, Infocomm and Vanguard.

    As Senior Vice President of Global Government for SES Networks, Nicole Robinson is responsible for the company’s global business portfolio of government customers in the areas of defense, security, humanitarian, federal, civilian and institutional organizations. She also serves as Chairman of the Board of Redu Space Services and Director of the LuxGovSat Board of Directors. Nicole has served in a variety of executive roles during her 12 years at SES, including leading teams in the areas of government product development, sales and business development, government affairs and marketing. Before joining SES, she served as leader of the Strategic Communications function for the U.S. Joint Forces Command’s Standing Joint Force Headquarters (SJFHQ). In 2012, she received a Promise Award from SSPI as a leader among the 20 Under 35.

    “SSPI is very fortunate to attract leaders of this caliber as we and the industry navigate the uncertain times ahead,” said executive director Robert Bell. “SSPI connects the people of the invisible indispensable industry called space and satellite, from new hires to seasoned executives, in startups on the launch pad and mature companies with billons in revenue. We also promote the enormous value of space and satellite to the world with stories that overturn misconceptions holding the industry back. Through the stories we tell and the people we serve, SSPI inspires the growth of the $1 trillion space economy of the future.”


    About SSPI
    Founded in 1983, Space & Satellite Professionals International (www.sspi.org) is on a mission to make the space and satellite industry one of the world’s best at attracting and engaging the talent that powers innovation. With more than 3,700 members in 40 nations, it is the largest space and satellite industry association in the world. It delivers on its mission through programs that promote space and satellite as the invisible but indispensable infrastructure of the modern world, and that help turn individual promise into careers filled with purpose through research, career education for young people, management education for working professionals and talent recognition that spans the industry.

     

    For More Information
    Victoria Krisman
    Communications Manager
    Space & Satellite Professionals International
    vkrisman@sspi.org

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    (New York City, 1 June 2020) – Space & Satellite Professionals International (SSPI) today opened nominations for the 2020...

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    (New York City, 1 June 2020) – Space & Satellite Professionals International (SSPI) today opened nominations for the 2020 Better Satellite World Awards. The winners will be honoured at the Better Satellite World Awards Dinner on 7 December in London. Nominations are due by 14 September 2020.

    Every year, during the Better Satellite World Awards Dinner, SSPI honours three organizations or individuals who have demonstrated the use of satellite to make a significant contribution to human welfare, good governance, safety, peace and security, improved education or other measures of human achievement. The Better Satellite World Awards are produced by SSPI and its UK and Isle of Man Chapters. Click here to learn more about the awards and past winners.

    “The space and satellite industry has had an historic year and has been central to the history being made in 2020,” said SSPI Director of Development and Innovation Louis Zacharilla. “As always, our industry has assisted many industries as well as the public sectors in their attempt to keep civil society healthy, communicating properly and focused on a better world ahead. We look forward to seeing who our Jury and SSPI’s UK Chapter selects as their stellar representatives for one of our more turbulent years.”

    Nomination forms are available on SSPI’s website.


    About SSPI
    Founded in 1983, Space & Satellite Professionals International (www.sspi.org) is on a mission to make the space and satellite industry one of the world’s best at attracting and engaging the talent that powers innovation. With more than 3,700 members in 40 nations, it is the largest space and satellite industry association in the world. It delivers on its mission through programs that promote space and satellite as the invisible but indispensable infrastructure of the modern world, and that help turn individual promise into careers filled with purpose through research, career education for young people, management education for working professionals and talent recognition that spans the industry.
     

    For More Information
    Victoria Krisman
    Communications Manager
    Space & Satellite Professionals International
    vkrisman@sspi.org

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    (April 30, 2020 – New York City) – Space & Satellite Professionals International (SSPI) today released Mission to the Future, its newest Better Satellite World video. It describes how...

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    (April 30, 2020 – New York City) – Space & Satellite Professionals International (SSPI) today released Mission to the Future, its newest Better Satellite World video. It describes how the space and satellite industry of today is laying the foundations for the space economy of the future and beginning to extend the vast value that its technologies bring to Earth far beyond its air and warmth.

    “Most Better Satellite World videos tell the story of space and satellite technology benefiting our lives on Earth today,” said executive director Robert Bell. “Mission to the Future puts that story into a larger context: how we will preserve and extend human life beyond this fragile planet and tap opportunities for growth we are just beginning to imagine.”

    Space and satellite companies are working every day to find cheaper and more reliable ways to go to space and return, to deliver valuable services to Earth, and to explore for resources beyond our atmosphere. Today, someone starting a career can help make that happen, and someone starting school tomorrow could wind up working in a new space economy.

    You can watch Mission to the Future on SSPI’s website and on Youtube.

     

    About SSPI
    Founded in 1983, Space & Satellite Professionals International (www.sspi.org) is on a mission to make the space and satellite industry one of the world’s best at attracting and engaging the talent that powers innovation. The space and satellite business has never seen a time of greater experimentation and disruption than we see today. Investment is the fuel for transformation, but people are the engine. SSPI helps the industry attract, develop and retain the talented people it needs to keep the engine turning. People who connect through high-profile events and gain recognition from prestigious awards. People who rely on SSPI for a broader understanding of the industry as much as for individual networking and career mentoring. From young people seeking a career path to industry veterans with wisdom to share, SSPI connects them all.

    Talent, investment and opportunity flow to industries that make a difference. SSPI is the only organization that also promotes the enormous value of space and satellite through dramatic stories of our technologies and companies making a better world. Those stories overturn misconceptions about the industry that hold it back. They inspire our people and attract new ones to the industry. They help justify investment and give new customers a reason to care about our services and products. Through the stories we tell and the people we serve, SSPI inspires the growth of the $1 trillion space economy of the future.

     

    For More Information
    Victoria Krisman
    Communications Manager
    Space & Satellite Professionals International
    vkrisman@sspi.org

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    (New York City, March 25, 2020) – Space & Satellite Professionals International (SSPI) today announced that Isotropic Systems...

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    (New York City, March 25, 2020) – Space & Satellite Professionals International (SSPI) today announced that Isotropic Systems Co-Founder and CTO Jeremy Turpin will join the SSPI Board for his first full term, pending an election by the membership in June. Jeremy is a member of the 2019 “20 Under 35” (www.20under35.com) cohort of outstanding space and satellite employees and entrepreneurs under the age of 35.

    “Jeremy came to our attention through nomination for our 20 Under 35 talent recognition program,” said executive director Robert Bell. “He is an extraordinary talent who is just beginning to make his mark on the industry. Attending our March Board meeting, he was welcomed enthusiastically by Chair David Meyers of Peraton, President Thomas Van Den Driessche of ST Engineering iDirect, and the entire Board.” 

    Jeremy Turpin received his Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from The Pennsylvania State University. While at Penn State, he focused on cutting-edge topics in electromagnetics, including transformation optics, metamaterials, and their application to high-efficiency, manufacturable antennas with capabilities not achievable using conventional methods. He was a co-founder and president at E x H, Inc., an electromagnetics software development firm, based on technology developed during his doctoral studies. Now the lead of technology development and innovation as the CTO and Co-Founder of Isotropic Systems, Ltd., Jeremiah Turpin is leading the technical development of a new class of phased array antennas for use in SATCOM communications and beyond. Isotropic Systems recently announced a new developmental phase of its collaborative partnership with SES to produce scalable, cost-effective multi-beam customer edge terminal antennas capable of unlocking access to the groundbreaking O3b mPOWER system. Click here to read more about Jeremy.


    About SSPI
    Founded in 1983, Space & Satellite Professionals International (www.sspi.org) is on a mission to make the space and satellite industry one of the world’s best at attracting and engaging the talent that powers innovation. The space and satellite business has never seen a time of greater experimentation and disruption than we see today. Investment is the fuel for transformation, but people are the engine. SSPI helps the industry attract, develop and retain the talented people it needs to keep the engine turning. People who connect through high-profile events and gain recognition from prestigious awards. People who rely on SSPI for a broader understanding of the industry as much as for individual networking and career mentoring. From young people seeking a career path to industry veterans with wisdom to share, SSPI connects them all.

    Talent, investment and opportunity flow to industries that make a difference. SSPI is the only organization that also promotes the enormous value of space and satellite through dramatic stories of our technologies and companies making a better world. Those stories overturn misconceptions about the industry that hold it back. They inspire our people and attract new ones to the industry. They help justify investment and give new customers a reason to care about our services and products. Through the stories we tell and the people we serve, SSPI inspires the growth of the $1 trillion space economy of the future.
     

    For More Information
    Victoria Krisman
    Communications Manager
    Space & Satellite Professionals International
    vkrisman@sspi.org

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    (New York City, March 31, 2020) – Space & Satellite Professionals International (SSPI) today opened nominations for the “20...

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    (New York City, March 31, 2020) – Space & Satellite Professionals International (SSPI) today opened nominations for the “20 Under 35” cohort of 2020. The “20 Under 35” will be honored at the annual Future Leaders Dinner on October 6 in Silicon Valley at Satellite Innovation 2020. Nominations are due by July 3, 2020.

    Every year, during its Future Leaders Dinner, SSPI announces its list of the “20 Under 35” young space and satellite professionals to watch in the years ahead. “20 Under 35” honorees are employees or entrepreneurs who have demonstrated initiative, creativity and problem-solving skills that created new capabilities, overcame major challenges, and ensured excellence in technology and service.

    The “20 Under 35” are selected by a panel of judges based on scoring of nomination forms. On October 6, SSPI will announce the three top-scoring honorees and present them with its Promise Award, recognizing their status as leaders of the 2020 cohort. On the same evening, SSPI will also honor its Mentor of the Year: a satellite executive who has fostered young talent and volunteered time and energy in support of the industry.

    With their accomplishments, knowledge and skills, each year’s ‘20 Under 35’ are an inspiration to the industry,” said executive director Robert Bell. “They also have lessons on leadership to teach us, despite having relatively few years in business under their belts.”

    Nomination forms are available on SSPI’s website.


    About SSPI
    Founded in 1983, Space & Satellite Professionals International (www.sspi.org) is on a mission to make the space and satellite industry one of the world’s best at attracting and engaging the talent that powers innovation. The space and satellite business has never seen a time of greater experimentation and disruption than we see today. Investment is the fuel for transformation, but people are the engine. SSPI helps the industry attract, develop and retain the talented people it needs to keep the engine turning. People who connect through high-profile events and gain recognition from prestigious awards. People who rely on SSPI for a broader understanding of the industry as much as for individual networking and career mentoring. From young people seeking a career path to industry veterans with wisdom to share, SSPI connects them all.

    Talent, investment and opportunity flow to industries that make a difference. SSPI is the only organization that also promotes the enormous value of space and satellite through dramatic stories of our technologies and companies making a better world. Those stories overturn misconceptions about the industry that hold it back. They inspire our people and attract new ones to the industry. They help justify investment and give new customers a reason to care about our services and products. Through the stories we tell and the people we serve, SSPI inspires the growth of the $1 trillion space economy of the future.
     

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    Victoria Krisman
    Communications Associate
    Space & Satellite Professionals International
    vkrisman@sspi.org

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    (New York City, January 22, 2020) – Space & Satellite Professionals International (SSPI) today...

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    (New York City, January 22, 2020) – Space & Satellite Professionals International (SSPI) today announced that six new corporate members have joined the organization. SSPI gladly welcomes C-COM, GEOshare, Isotropic Systems, Inc., Momentus Space, Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton and Stellar Solutions to its corporate membership. Click here for a list of SSPI’s corporate members.

    In addition to new members, SSPI welcomes the renewal of corporate membership by Access Intelligence, ManSat, OneWeb Satellites, Peraton and SES.

    SSPI corporate members enjoy a wide array of benefits that include unlimited membership for all corporate employees, subscriptions to SSPI video and podcast content, free access to reports on talent development, tickets for free admission to SSPI events, a corporate profile on the SSPI site, and a 30% discount on sponsorship of SSPI events and content.

    "SSPI is well known as the industry’s largest, most international and cross-disciplinary network of individuals and companies,” said executive director Robert Bell. “It is where the people of space and satellite do business, from new hires to seasoned executives, in startups on the launch pad and mature companies with billions in revenue. Those people are our mission, because they make up an industry whose technology and capabilities are indispensable to the world.”


    About SSPI
    Founded in 1983, Space & Satellite Professionals International (www.sspi.org) is on a mission to make the space and satellite industry one of the world’s best at attracting and engaging the talent that powers innovation. The space and satellite business has never seen a time of greater experimentation and disruption than we see today. Investment is the fuel for transformation, but people are the engine. SSPI helps the industry attract, develop and retain the talented people it needs to keep the engine turning. People who connect through high-profile events and gain recognition from prestigious awards. People who rely on SSPI for a broader understanding of the industry as much as for individual networking and career mentoring. From young people seeking a career path to industry veterans with wisdom to share, SSPI connects them all.

    Talent, investment and opportunity flow to industries that make a difference. SSPI is the only organization that also promotes the enormous value of space and satellite through dramatic stories of our technologies and companies making a better world. Those stories overturn misconceptions about the industry that hold it back. They inspire our people and attract new ones to the industry. They help justify investment and give new customers a reason to care about our services and products. Through the stories we tell and the people we serve, SSPI inspires the growth of the $1 trillion space economy of the future.
     

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    Victoria Krisman
    Communications Manager
    Space & Satellite Professionals International
    vkrisman@sspi.org

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    (New York City, March 19, 2020) – Space & Satellite Professionals International (SSPI) today welcomed five new and renewing...

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    (New York City, March 19, 2020) – Space & Satellite Professionals International (SSPI) today welcomed five new and renewing Corporate Members of the association. The companies represent nearly every sector of the space and satellite industry and include Eutelsat, MAXAR, Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems, RKF Engineering, ST Engineering iDirect and The SPACECONNECTION. Click here for a list of SSPI’s corporate members.

    SSPI corporate members enjoy a wide array of benefits that include unlimited membership for all employees, subscriptions to SSPI video and podcast content, free access to reports on talent development, tickets for free admission to SSPI events, a corporate profile on the SSPI site, and a 30% discount on sponsorship of SSPI events and content.

    “At a time of fast market change, we are very grateful for the broad-based support that SSPI’s programs receive across our industry,” said executive director Robert Bell. “Whether it is talent attraction and development or evangelizing for the importance of our industry to the world, SSPI’s mission is fundamental to the continued growth of commercial space and satellite into the $1 trillion space economy of the future.”


    About SSPI
    Founded in 1983, Space & Satellite Professionals International (www.sspi.org) is on a mission to make the space and satellite industry one of the world’s best at attracting and engaging the talent that powers innovation. The space and satellite business has never seen a time of greater experimentation and disruption than we see today. Investment is the fuel for transformation, but people are the engine. SSPI helps the industry attract, develop and retain the talented people it needs to keep the engine turning. People who connect through high-profile events and gain recognition from prestigious awards. People who rely on SSPI for a broader understanding of the industry as much as for individual networking and career mentoring. From young people seeking a career path to industry veterans with wisdom to share, SSPI connects them all.

    Talent, investment and opportunity flow to industries that make a difference. SSPI is the only organization that also promotes the enormous value of space and satellite through dramatic stories of our technologies and companies making a better world. Those stories overturn misconceptions about the industry that hold it back. They inspire our people and attract new ones to the industry. They help justify investment and give new customers a reason to care about our services and products. Through the stories we tell and the people we serve, SSPI inspires the growth of the $1 trillion space economy of the future.
     

    For More Information
    Victoria Krisman
    Communications Manager
    Space & Satellite Professionals International
    vkrisman@sspi.org

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    (March 12, 2020 – New York City) – Space & Satellite Professionals International (SSPI) today released The Road to Space, its newest Better...

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    (March 12, 2020 – New York City) – Space & Satellite Professionals International (SSPI) today released The Road to Space, its newest Better Satellite World video. Produced for students in junior and senior high school, when young people begin making decisions that will shape their careers, it tells the story of how satellite companies carry on the legacy of the Age of Exploration by using satellite technology to make our lives on Earth better every day. The video debuted at  SSPI’s annual Hall of Fame Celebration on March 10 in Washington, DC.

    The video will be available for playout on the SSPI website for space and satellite professionals interested in sharing their careers with students in local schools. SSPI members will have access to high-resolution copies for download.

    STEM programs today focus on coding and other information technology skills and give too little emphasis to the disciplines that contribute to space and satellite. The Road to Space is the first in a series of videos that will help schools redress that balance and make students aware that a vibrant commercial space and satellite industry exists today.

    “Since 2016, the Better Satellite World video series has published more than 30 videos that dramatize the immense contributions of space and satellite technology to live on planet Earth,” said executive director Robert Bell. “They overturn misconceptions about the industry that hold it back. They help attract new talent and inspire today’s employees. They help justify investment and give new customers a reason to are about our services and products.”

    You can watch The Road to Space on  SSPI’s website.


    About SSPI
    Founded in 1983, Space & Satellite Professionals International (www.sspi.org) is on a mission to make the space and satellite industry one of the world’s best at attracting and engaging the talent that powers innovation. The space and satellite business has never seen a time of greater experimentation and disruption than we see today. Investment is the fuel for transformation, but people are the engine. SSPI helps the industry attract, develop and retain the talented people it needs to keep the engine turning. People who connect through high-profile events and gain recognition from prestigious awards. People who rely on SSPI for a broader understanding of the industry as much as for individual networking and career mentoring. From young people seeking a career path to industry veterans with wisdom to share, SSPI connects them all.

    Talent, investment and opportunity flow to industries that make a difference. SSPI is the only organization that also promotes the enormous value of space and satellite through dramatic stories of our technologies and companies making a better world. Those stories overturn misconceptions about the industry that hold it back. They inspire our people and attract new ones to the industry. They help justify investment and give new customers a reason to care about our services and products. Through the stories we tell and the people we serve, SSPI inspires the growth of the $1 trillion space economy of the future.


    For More Information
    Victoria Krisman
    Communications Manager
    Space & Satellite Professionals International
    vkrisman@sspi.org

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    (February 19, 2020 – New York City) – Space & Satellite Professionals International (SSPI) announced today that, on March 10, it will induct three new members into the prestigious Space & Satellite Hall of Fame. 

    The 2020 honorees are Steve Collar, CEO of SES; Tory Bruno, President and CEO of United Launch Alliance; and Paul Gaske, Executive VP and General Manager for North America at Hughes Network Systems.

    They will join the leaders who created, sustained and expanded the industry over the past 60 years, including Dr. Arthur C. Clarke, Dr. Harold Rosen, Rene Anselmo, Takuya Yoshida, David Thompson, Greg Wyler, Mary Cotton, Romain Bausch, Pradman Kaul, Sidney Topol, Gwynne Shotwell, John Celli, Giuliano Berretta, Mark Dankberg, James Monroe III, Peter Jackson and Jean-Yves Le Gall.

    “By recognizing the talents and achievements of these industry leaders,” said executive director Robert Bell, “SSPI holds out their example to a new generation of innovators in space and satellite, who may one day be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Their achievements – not just in business success but in harnessing satellite technology and services – help to transform life on Earth for the better.”

    The latest members of the Space & Satellite Hall of Fame will be inducted during the 2020 Hall of Fame Celebration ceremony on March 10, the second night of the SATELLITE 2020 convention and exhibition. The celebration will take place at the Longview Gallery, a modern art installation just steps away from the Convention Center. The inductees were selected by SSPI’s Board of Directors under the leadership of SSPI Chair David Myers, President of the Communications Sector, Peraton, and of SSPI President Thomas Van Den Driessche, President of the Executive Strategy Board and Chief Commercial Officer of ST Engineering iDirect.

    The Space & Satellite Hall of Fame recognizes the invaluable contributions of the visionaries who transform life on planet Earth for the better through space and satellite technology. Members of the Hall of Fame are recognized pioneers in communications, aerospace, scientific research, or the development and delivery of space and satellite applications for business, institutions and government.

     

    The 2020 Space & Satellite Hall of Fame Inductees:

    Steve Collar
    CEO, SES

    In 2011, Steve Collar became CEO of O3b Networks, the company founded four years earlier by Hall of Famer Greg Wyler. The impact of his leadership soon made itself felt. Within two years, the company launched the first four satellites of its pioneering MEO constellation and added another eight the following year, and later bringing the number of O3b satellites launched to 20 in 2019. By 2016, O3b Networks had built a firm backlog of $350 million with more than $100 million in current-year revenue, making it the fastest-growing satellite operator in history.

    SES was one of the company’s early investors and, in 2016, exercised its option to acquire O3b Networks. The deal created the first communications satellite operator with spacecraft in both GEO and MEO orbits. Steve was appointed CEO of SES Networks, the newly-formed data-centric business unit of SES, in May 2017. Less than a year later, he became CEO of SES. Under Steve’s leadership, the company used its unique mix of GEO and MEO coverage to deliver high bandwidth to the mobility market, where maritime and aero are delivering strong growth. SES has also driven open networking initiatives as well as partnerships with cloud service providers into the satellite industry, advancing its vision to make satellite networks a seamless extension of the global communications ecosystem, becoming the first satellite network solutions provider to adopt an Open Network Automation Platform. In 2017, SES announced plans for a next-generation MEO constellation called O3b mPOWER, which will generate 35,000 electronically-steerable beams, delivering the flexibility to configure bandwidth, power and routing dynamically.

    Steve Collar is a veteran of the industry, having previously worked for Matra Marconi Space (now Airbus) and New Skies Satellites. Yet he saw and responded to the overwhelming need for his industry to step out of its traditional silo and become a fully integrated part of the global telecom industry by adopting its standards, taking advantage of its high rate of innovation, and pointing clearly to a new future for SES and the satellite communications business. Read more about Steve.

     

    Tory Bruno
    President & CEO, United Launch Alliance

    Tory Bruno came to the United Launch Alliance (ULA) in 2014 after a long career managing programs for some of the most advanced and powerful weapons systems in the American arsenal. When he was tapped to lead ULA,  – a joint venture of Lockheed Martin Space Systems and Boeing Defense, Space & Security – the company was at a crossroads. What had been an effective monopoly on national security and NASA missions had turned competitive as new commercial competitors entered the business.

    Tory launched a major restructuring of the company to improve its customer service, shorten launch cycles and cut launch costs in half – while maintaining its unprecedented 100% success rate on launches. Over a wrenching year or two, he restructured the company, reduced the number of launch pads the company used, and relentlessly advocated for the importance of space to the future of the nation. These difficult changes produced quick and impressive results. The company won competitive bids for many science missions for NASA, the Space Test Program from the Defense Department and the Parker Solar Probe from NASA as well as multi-billion-dollar competitive bids for national security satellite launches. To maintain that momentum, the company began development of a new launch vehicle, the Vulcan Centaur rocket, which is on track for first launch in 2021.

    Tory Bruno’s leadership has enabled ULA to survive and thrive through the challenging transition to a competitive market and has preserved for the US government a launch provider whose first priority is serving the nation’s national security needs in space. Read more about Tory.

     

    Paul Gaske
    Executive VP and General Manager, North America, Hughes Network Systems

    For much of its early history, the communications satellite business was all about video. TV distribution and contribution provided growing revenues and high margins, while giving broadcasters a uniquely cost-effective way to get programming to billions of viewers. But as early as the 1980s, Paul Gaske was pursuing a different destiny– a future in data networking. Working for Digital Communications Corp, which was acquired by MA-COM, he designed satellite TDMA systems for Intelsat signatories and became part of the team that created the first interactive data VSATs and launched the satellite data networking business.

    Then in 1987, Hughes acquired the company and launched a revolution in satellite data services. With Paul spearheading development of products and services, Hughes Network Systems grew into the world’s leading supplier of VSAT technology for retail, enterprise networking and other markets, placing more than 7 million VSAT terminals in over 100 countries to-date. Nine years later, he led the launch of a satellite internet service that is now known as HughesNet®. In the decades since then, he drove the growth of HughesNet and was part of the executive team that led the company through a series of business changes and technical and operational advances: most notably the roll out of High-Throughput Satellite services on the JUPITER™ System. The company has become the largest satellite ISP in the world, with more than 1.4 million subscribers and a 69% US market share, helping to bridge the digital divide by bringing services to underserved markets around the world.

    For more than four decades, Paul Gaske has played a central role in taking satellite communications where it was never originally envisioned to go – making it a vital part of the data communications that underpins the global economy of the 21st Century. Read more about Paul.


    About SSPI
    Founded in 1983, Space & Satellite Professionals International (www.sspi.org) is on a mission to make the space and satellite industry one of the world’s best at attracting and engaging the talent that powers innovation. The space and satellite business has never seen a time of greater experimentation and disruption than we see today. Investment is the fuel for transformation, but people are the engine. SSPI helps the industry attract, develop and retain the talented people it needs to keep the engine turning. People who connect through high-profile events and gain recognition from prestigious awards. People who rely on SSPI for a broader understanding of the industry as much as for individual networking and career mentoring. From young people seeking a career path to industry veterans with wisdom to share, SSPI connects them all.

    Talent, investment and opportunity flow to industries that make a difference. SSPI is the only organization that also promotes the enormous value of space and satellite through dramatic stories of our technologies and companies making a better world. Those stories overturn misconceptions about the industry that hold it back. They inspire our people and attract new ones to the industry. They help justify investment and give new customers a reason to care about our services and products. Through the stories we tell and the people we serve, SSPI inspires the growth of the $1 trillion space economy of the future.

     

    For More Information
    Victoria Krisman
    Communications Manager
    Space & Satellite Professionals International
    vkrisman@sspi.org

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    Inductees to be honored at SSPI 2020 Hall of Fame Celebration on March 10 in Washington, DC

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    Inductees to be honored at SSPI 2020 Hall of Fame Celebration on March 10 in Washington, DC

    (New York City, November 12, 2019) – Space & Satellite Professionals International (SSPI) today opened nominations for the 19th Induction to the Space & Satellite Hall of Fame. The new Inductees will be honored at the Hall of Fame Celebration on March 10, 2020, the first night of the SATELLITE 2020 conference in Washington, DC. Nominations are due by January 10, 2020.

    The Space & Satellite Hall of Fame recognizes the invaluable contributions of the visionaries who have transformed life on planet Earth for the better through space & satellite technology. Members of the Hall of Fame are recognized pioneers in communications, satellite-related aerospace, scientific research, or the development and delivery of applications for business, institutions and government via space and/or satellite. They include Greg Wyler of OneWeb, Gwynne Shotwell of SpaceX, James Monroe III of Globalstar, John Celli of Space Systems Loral, David Thompson of Orbital ATK and Mark Dankberg of ViaSat as well as pioneers like Dr. John Pierce, Eddy Hartenstein, Rene Anselmo and Dr. Harold Rosen.

    “The Hall of Fame honors legendary contributors to the success of the industry in service to the world,” said executive director Robert Bell. It is part of our Making Leaders campaign, which helps the industry attract, develop and retain the talented people it needs to keep the innovation engine turning. People who connect through high-profile events and gain recognition from prestigious awards – who rely on SSPI for a broader understanding of the industry as much as for individual networking and career mentoring. From young people seeking a career path to industry veterans with wisdom to share, SSPI connects them all.”

    Nomination forms may be found on SSPI’s website.


    About SSPI
    Founded in 1983, Space & Satellite Professionals International (www.sspi.org) is on a mission to make the space and satellite industry one of the world’s best at attracting and engaging the talent that powers innovation. With more than 3,700 members in 40 nations, it is the largest space and satellite industry association in the world. It delivers on its mission through programs that promote space and satellite as the invisible but indispensable infrastructure of the modern world, and that help turn individual promise into careers filled with purpose through research, career education for young people, management education for working professionals and talent recognition that spans the industry.
     

    For More Information
    Victoria Krisman
    Communications Manager
    Space & Satellite Professionals International
    vkrisman@sspi.org