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    (April 20, 2021 – New York City) – Space & Satellite Professionals International (SSPI) today released A Better Future for the...

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    (April 20, 2021 – New York City) – Space & Satellite Professionals International (SSPI) today released A Better Future for the Last of the Incans, its newest Better Satellite World video. It tells the story of how an American university student and Speedcast teamed up to bring education and the benefits of satellite internet to the Q’eros, the last traditional Incan community in the mountains of Peru.

    In 2010, a student named Hannah Rae Porst came to live with the Q’eros for a university project. When her research came to an end, she asked villagers how she could thank them for their hospitality. What they needed most, they told her, was a school. That conversation stayed with Hannah Rae and, back in America, she began raising money. Within a year, she was able launch construction of the school. To keep the improvements coming, she founded a charity called Willka Yachay, which means “sacred wisdom” in Quechua, the language of the Q’eros.

    With building projects begun, Willka Yachay then went in search of a way to bring the internet to the Q’eros. It found Kidnected World - an NGO that brings interactive education to indigenous children in the Americas and Africa, with the help of a company called Speedcast. The company advised the charity on buying the right technology and sent staff to install it. Speedcast also donated a year’s worth of satellite internet service to help get everything started.

    “Every day, companies like Speedcast in the space and satellite business make major contributions to our economy, society, health and human welfare,” said executive director Robert Bell. “Most of the time, these contributions go unnoticed, and our goal with the Better Satellite World campaign is to show their true value.”

    You can watch A Better Future for the Last of the Incans 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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    (March 30, 2021 – New York City) – Space & Satellite Professionals International (SSPI) today released A Promise Kept, its newest Better Satellite World video. It describes how...

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    (March 30, 2021 – New York City) – Space & Satellite Professionals International (SSPI) today released A Promise Kept, its newest Better Satellite World video. It describes how NASA’s Artemis Program is aiming to send American astronauts back to the Moon, with the help of Peraton’s OS/COMET software. It will be the first return to human space exploration of other planets since 1972.

    NASA’s Artemis program is committed to landing American astronauts on the Moon again to explore, to make discoveries and lay the foundation for a permanent and productive human presence. These new NASA missions will do science, but also search for water to turn into oxygen and fuel, and for materials to build landing pads, housing and workspace. NASA is designing a new spaceship called Orion to carry astronauts from Earth to lunar orbit, where a lander will deliver them to the Moon. Orion will climb into space on a massive new rocket called the Space Launch System.

    Helping to make that possible is Peraton’s software product OS/COMET. The men and women of Peraton developed and deployed it decades ago to monitor and control space vehicles and rocket launches. Improving and expanding year by year, OS/COMET is now one of the key platforms on the Artemis program, used to monitor and control the Orion spacecraft and the liftoff of the Space Launch System.

    “When people last landed on the Moon, there were the only eight spacefaring nations and two that had sent humans into space,” said executive director Robert Bell. “Today, seventeen nations have put spacecraft into orbit and three of them have flown crews. This video tells the story of NASA’s return to human space exploration, but it is really humanity’s story – a quest for the unknown that has always brought major benefits to life on Earth.”

    A Promise Kept debuted at SSPI’s 2021 Space & Satellite Hall of Fame Celebration on March 23. You can watch it now 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 17, 2021) – Space & Satellite Professionals International (SSPI) today announced that James Hinds, CEO of Airbus OneWeb...

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    (New York City, March 17, 2021) – Space & Satellite Professionals International (SSPI) today announced that James Hinds, CEO of Airbus OneWeb Satellites, has been appointed to serve on the association’s Board of Directors.

    James Hinds was named CEO of Airbus OneWeb Satellites in January 2021, after serving as chief operating officer since the end of 2019. Prior to joining the company, he spent four years with Airbus Defence and Space in Toulouse, France, where he was responsible for strategic planning of its Space Systems business. Before that, he worked with Airbus and Boeing (and predecessor companies) in satellite engineering, production and project management. Notable achievements include his responsibilities as Airbus program manager for the Hylas 1 satellite (a joint Airbus/India Space Research Organisation programme); as director responsible for payload research and development at Airbus including digital processors, active antennas and amplifier development; and as the lead verification engineer of Boeing’s 601HP satellite series. If you would like to hear more from James, he was featured in a recent SSPI podcast: Risk, Season 2: Rising to the Challenge.

    “We are fortunate to have gained James as a member of our Board,” said executive director Robert Bell. “His career spans from the traditional space and satellite business as we have long known it to the next generation of large-scale constellations that will transform the value proposition of the industry.” 

    Continuing to serve on the SSPI Board of Directors are:

    • Thomas Van den Driessche, President & Chief Commercial Officer, ST Engineering iDirect (Chair)
    • Nicole Robinson, President, Ursa Space Systems (President)
    • Michael Antonovich
    • Jonathan Crawford, President & CEO, The SPACECONNECTION
    • Tony Gingiss, COO, Virgin Orbit
    • Katherine Gizinski, Chief Executive Officer, Mansat
    • Jonathan Hofeller, Vice President of Starlink and Commercial Sales, SpaceX
    • Christopher Johnson, President, Boeing Space Systems International
    • Aaron Lewis, Vice President, Corporate Communications & Government Relations, Arianespace, Inc.
    • Sharyn Nerenberg, Director of Corporate Communications, Hughes Network Systems
    • Reza Rasoulian, Executive Advisor, Carnival Cruise Lines
    • Mike Safyan, Vice President of Launch, Planet
    • Dr. Walter Scott, Chief Technology Officer, Maxar
    • Billie Sims, Vice President, Government Programs, Hunter Communications
    • James Trevelyan, Vice President, Enterprise & Emerging Markets, Speedcast
    • Jeremy Turpin, CTO and Co-Founder, Isotropic Systems

     

    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 10, 2021) – Space & Satellite Professionals International (SSPI) today announced that it will present the first ever Inspire Award to famed science...

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    (New York City – March 10, 2021) – Space & Satellite Professionals International (SSPI) today announced that it will present the first ever Inspire Award to famed science fiction author Larry Niven at the 2021 Space & Satellite Hall of Fame Celebration on March 23.

    The Inspire Awards honor artists in visual, literary, and performing arts whose work has inspired the people of the space and satellite industry to create the innovations, raise the funds, and overcome the enormous obstacles to lay the foundations for the space economy of the future.

    Larry Niven is the author of numerous science fiction short stories and novels, from his first short story “The Coldest Place” published in 1964 to his best-known work, Ringworld, which received Hugo, Locus, Ditmar and Nebula awards. His collaborative novels with Jerry Pournelle, The Mote in God’s Eye and Lucifer’s Hammer, are among his other most famous works. Niven also received three Hugo awards for Best Short Story for his “Neutron Star,” “Inconstant Moon” and “The Hole Man” stories and one for Best Novelette for his “The Borderland of Sol.” A great number of Niven’s works, including Ringworld, take place in his Known Space universe, in which humanity shares the several habitable star systems nearest to the Sun with over a dozen alien species. He is also known within science fiction fandom for the creation of “Niven’s Laws,” which describe how the universe works; the first and most well-known of these is: “There is no cause so right that one cannot find a fool following it.” Based on his vision of the future, expressed through his many works, Niven served as an advisor to President Ronald Reagan on the creation of the Strategic Defense Initiative antimissile policy as part of the Citizens’ Advisory Council on National Space Policy. In 2007, he also began advising the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on future trends affecting terror policy as part of a group of science fiction writers known as SIGMA, led by Jerry Pournelle. For more information about Larry Niven, visit larryniven.net.

    “As a long-time sci-fi fan, I know its power to inspire,” said executive director Robert Bell. “We are so proud to name Larry as our first honoree for an award that uniquely expresses SSPI’s top priorities. Our Making Leaders campaign focuses on attracting talent, recognizing talent and promoting best practices in talent development, while the Better Satellite World campaign educates customers, employees, investors and the public on the immense benefits that space and satellite technologies deliver to humanity.”


    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 25, 2021 – New York City) - Space & Satellite Professionals International (SSPI) announced today that, on March 23, it will induct four new members into the prestigious Space & Satellite Hall...

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    (February 25, 2021 – New York City) - Space & Satellite Professionals International (SSPI) announced today that, on March 23, it will induct four new members into the prestigious Space & Satellite Hall of Fame.

    The 2021 honorees are Peter B. de Selding, Co-Founder and Chief Editor for SpaceIntelReport; Kathy Lueders, Associate Administrator for Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate at NASA; Jim Oliver, Founder and President of AvL Technologies; and Dr. Gladys West, former mathematician at the Naval Proving Ground in Dahlgren, Virginia.

    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, Steve Collar, Peter Jackson and Jean-Yves Le Gall.

    “This year’s inductees represent the most diverse group of individuals to ever enter the industry’s Hall of Fame,” said executive director Robert Bell. “They include a NASA official who opened the agency to unprecedented commercial partnerships, an entrepreneur with decades of technical innovation in ground segment to his name, a renowned journalist and a mathematician whose work made possible today’s satellite navigation systems.”

    The latest members of the Space & Satellite Hall of Fame will be inducted during the 2021 Hall of Fame Celebration virtual ceremony on March 23. The inductees were selected by SSPI’s Board of Directors under the leadership of SSPI Chair Thomas Van Den Driessche, President of the Executive Strategy Board and CCO of ST Engineering iDirect, and SSPI President Nicole Robinson, CEO of URSA Space Systems.

    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 2021 Space & Satellite Hall of Fame Inductees:

    Peter B. de Selding
    Co-Founder and Chief Editor, SpaceIntelReport

    Peter B. de Selding delivered more than 20 years of incisive coverage of the commercial space and satellite industry as Paris bureau chief of SpaceNews before co-founding SpaceIntelReport and becoming Chief Editor. His reporting has broken many major stories in the industry and never hesitated to tackle controversies, reveal conflicts of interest and hold business leaders accountable for their decisions.
     

    Kathy Lueders
    Associate Administrator for Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate, NASA

    Kathy Lueders has spent her career leading efforts at NASA to integrate commercial launch into NASA's human space exploration mission. From her service as Commercial Orbital Transportation Services Integration Manager to her current appointment as Associate Administrator for Human Exploration, she has worked to bring critical commercial technology, practices and cost savings to NASA. Most recently, Kathy spent seven years working with SpaceX, Northrop Grumman and Boeing to bring about commercial resupply missions to the International Space Station and make NASA's first venture into commercial human spaceflight possible with the SpaceX Crew-1 flight in November of 2020.
     

    Jim Oliver
    Founder and President, AvL Technologies

    Jim Oliver is an inventor and entrepreneur with a proven record of achievement in ground segment technology. He has made major contributions to freeing satellite ground systems from fixed locations throughout his career, from his work at SatCom Technologies--where he led the introduction of innovative technologies for fixed and truck-mounted antennas--to the creation at AvL of high-accuracy pointing technologies for small portable antennas for commercial and military use. Jim's technological contributions have greatly expanded the applications for satellite communications in ways that save lives and expand opportunities for millions.
     

    Dr. Gladys West
    Former Mathematician, Naval Proving Ground, Dahlgren, VA

    Dr. Gladys West served as a mathematician at the Naval Proving Ground (now the Naval Surface Warfare Center) in Dahlgren, VA for 42 years before retiring in 1998. From the mid-1970s to 1980s, she worked as Project Manager for the Seasat radar altimetry project, which made pioneering use of an IBM 7030 computer to provide calculations for an accurate geodetic Earth model. This model became a critical building block for the GPS satellite orbital plan and the immense range of benefits that GPS has delivered to humanity since then.

    Full profiles of the 2021 inductees to the Space & Satellite Hall of Fame will be available shortly 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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    (New York City, December 22, 2020) – Space & Satellite Professionals International (SSPI) today opened nominations for the 20th...

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    (New York City, December 22, 2020) – Space & Satellite Professionals International (SSPI) today opened nominations for the 20th Induction to the Space & Satellite Hall of Fame. The new Inductees will be honored at the virtual Hall of Fame Celebration on March 23, 2021. Nominations are due by January 31, 2021.

    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 Steve Collar of SES, 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.

    “Entry into the industry’s Hall of Fame is not just another award,” said executive director Robert Bell. “It is a once-in-a-lifetime honor for people who have commercialized truly breakthrough technologies, introduced transformative business models, opened new markets and established new foundations for progress, all for the ultimate bettering of life on Earth today and tomorrow. The Hall was founded by SSPI in 1987, and we are proud to be its custodian today.”

    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. 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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    (5 November 2020 – New York City & London) – Space & Satellite Professionals International (SSPI) announced today the recipients of the sixth annual Better Satellite World Awards. The awards honour established companies along with disruptive innovators who make the world a more prosperous, healthier, better-educated, sustainable and inclusive home for humankind. An international jury selected Avanti Communications’ Bidi Bidi Project, SES’s SATMED Satellite-based Telemedicine Platform and SatSure AG to receive this year’s awards. The recipients will be honoured at the Better Satellite World Awards Virtual Celebration on 7 December.

    “These are three transformative uses of satellite in different corners of the globe that are making a better world,” said SSPI Director of Development and Innovation Louis Zacharilla. “What ties them together is that each has been giving the nations and communities where they are providing satellite service the power to become self-reliant financially, in terms of learning and also for the purpose of health. SSPI members salute these efforts.”   

    The selection of the recipients for the Better Satellite World Awards was made by an international jury consisting of a broad cross-section of industry thought leaders and distinguished professionals. This year, the jury decided to extend an honourable mention to Badan Aksesibilitas Telekomunikasi dan Informasi (BAKTI) for its work providing Internet services in remote areas of Indonesia and Omanos Analytics for its innovative combination of Earth-Observation-based support of low-infrastructure and/or politically complex regions’ need for accountability for social and environmental damage.

    The Better Satellite World Awards Virtual Celebration is produced by SSPI and its UK and Isle of Man Chapters.
     

    The 2020 Better Satellite World Award Recipients:

    Avanti Communications’ Bidi Bidi Project
    In 2019, Avanti Communications began to use its satellite technology, which provides coverage across Sub-Saharan Africa, Europe and the Middle East, to improve the welfare of refugees, host communities and humanitarian organisations in one of the largest refugee settlements in East Africa, the Bidi Bidi refugee camp. The camp, based in Northern Uganda, hosts over 270,000 displaced people from the neighbouring conflict in Southern Sudan, and is located in a remote, off-grid area, making it difficult to provide support for the refugees and the overtaxed host communities and local resources. Avanti partnered with the Social Innovation Academy (SINA) to provide satellite broadband powered by solar energy to the Bidi Bidi site, as electricity is rarely available in the region. This installation is the first of three that Avanti plans to set up in the refugee settlement.

    Broadband connectivity provides many opportunities for the displaced people in the refugee camp, including online courses, job and grant applications, self-learning websites, research and enterprise training. These resources allow refugees to create learning spaces where they can tackle local problems themselves, rather than relying on humanitarian organisations, and where they can regain self-reliance and new work opportunities, relieving pressure on the nearby host communities. SINA’s connected centre, supported by Avanti’s installation, is used by over 100 people on a daily basis, including teachers and youth from the surrounding area. Avanti provides laptops to those without access to smartphones, allowing them to access self-learning websites and MOOCs, such as Coursera, Khan Academy, edX, Udemy and online selling websites and enterprises. The company also provides installation, maintenance and customer support to ensure that the facility functions well at all times. Based on the success of the Bidi Bidi project, Avanti has been working with UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, as a corporate partner throughout 2020, to donate solar-powered satellite broadband connectivity and laptops to seven UNHCR sites in remote refugee settlements in Uganda as well.
     

    SATMED Satellite-based Telemedicine Platform delivered via SES satellites
    SATMED is an award-winning Luxembourg Government’s e-health satellite-based platform that combines medical care, education and health management in one platform that can be accessed from anywhere. It provides doctors with the ability to keep accurate medical records, consult with colleagues and allows better education for health professionals even in the remotest areas, where there is lack of terrestrial infrastructure. SATMED integrates health applications, connectivity and cloud services for securely storing and sharing data, enabling healthcare professionals and institutions around the world to communicate and collaborate easily and effectively. The web-based platform is accessed with a single sign-on and offers teleconsultation, teleradiology, health information systems, e-learning, electronic medical record systems and much more. Users in remote and under-served areas can access high-quality satellite broadband connectivity provided via SES’s satellites and connect to the SATMED platform. Thanks to SATMED, quality healthcare is possible regardless of the location or circumstances. For its accomplishments, the platform was recognised with a VSAT “Changing Lives” Stellar Award in 2016.

    For many years, SATMED has been used to help multiple non-government organizations (NGOs) provide improved healthcare solutions around the world, and became particularly vital during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Friendship NGO currently serves two floating hospitals off the remote islands of northern Bangladesh and one terrestrial hospital in southern Bangladesh, sending patient data via SATMED to the National Healthcare database to allow for quicker identification of medical issues and resolutions. The Serabu Hospital in Sierra Leone, supported by the German Doctors NGO, also makes use of SATMED to provide care for its thousands of patients in a location so remote that it is two hours away from the nearest administrative centre and the only complex in the area with electricity. SATMED allows the remote hospital to access real-time situational assessment and data exchange with other hospitals, facilitates the X-ray data processing by the doctors in Germany, helps with running daily operations and management of critical supplies and logistics.
     

    SatSure AG
    SatSure AG is a DeepTech space applications startup that provides spatial decision intelligence to banking and insurance clients around the world. Their proprietary platform SatSure SPARTA uses satellite imagery, IoT and weather data among others, analysed using various Artificial Intelligence algorithms, to generate usable data insights for banking customers to help them better manage their agriculture portfolios and reduce the non-performing assets through efficient loan recoveries, increase their lending and financial inclusion mandate by adding new customers, planning their market expansion as well as bundling insurance products to protect their portfolio from climate change effects. SatSure’s alternate data-based insights help financial institutions create efficient risk policy and underwriting, enabling access to finance for even smallholder farmers, who have traditionally not been part of any institutional lending. And its product suite SatSure SAGE is helping these lenders provide better customer experience for such farmers even in the remotest regions of India, by accelerating the onboarding process, enabling higher range of products and different interest rates to choose from, bundling farm management advisories, and helping build an empathetic approach to customer relationship in the event of defaults caused due to natural or market volatility events. In the last two years, roughly 2 million farmers have received loans based on the use of SatSure’s platform and product, while more than 400,000 farmers have benefited due to the faster insurance claim settlement process.

    SatSure’s innovation in helping re-engineer financial sector processes and products for societal good has been recognized by various international platforms and organizations such as the World Economic Forum, World Bank, MIT, and the Asian Development Bank, to name a few.


    Honourable Mentions:

    Badan Aksesibilitas Telekomunikasi dan Informasi (BAKTI) for its exceptional work, through its service provider partners, in utilising the Hughes JUPITER™ System to provide Internet services to secondary, junior high and vocational schools; telecommunication infrastructure to remote local government offices; community healthcare centres, supporting projects such as telemedicine and e-health with the Ministry of Health; and Internet service for community and agency disaster management, complementing the service provided by the Indonesian disaster relief agency BNPB.

    Omanos Analytics, a space technology start-up company based in Glasgow, UK, for its innovative combination of Earth Observation data with community-based information sources, including community representatives, local media, legal groups and NGOs, to support low-infrastructure and/or politically complex regions’ need for accountability for social and environmental damage.
     

    About the Better Satellite World Campaign
    Working with partner associations and dozens of supporting companies around the world, Space & Satellite Professionals International’s Better Satellite World campaign (www.bettersatelliteworld.com)  is changing the global conversation about satellites and their influence on the economy, business and societies everywhere. The campaign was launched in Washington, DC during SATELLITE 2015. It has since become a cornerstone and a viral effort that is successfully communicating the incredible power of satellites for human good.

    SSPI has published a series of stories and videos that dramatize the immense contributions of the “invisible infrastructure” of satellite to life on Earth, which are widely shared by individuals, companies and the media. The Better Satellite World campaign is available for repurposing by any organization or person who wishes to use the content to help promote the industry at www.bettersatelliteworld.com and through the Twitter hashtag #bettersatelliteworld.

     

    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, October 7, 2020) – Space & Satellite Professionals International (SSPI) today announced the launch of the...

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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.

     

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

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    (New York City, October 20, 2020) – Space & Satellite Professionals International (SSPI) today announced that James...

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    (New York City, October 20, 2020) – Space & Satellite Professionals International (SSPI) today announced that James Trevelyan, Speedcast’s Senior Vice President of Enterprise & Emerging Markets, United Kingdom, has been appointed to serve on the association’s Board of Directors.

    James Trevelyan joined Speedcast in 2018 as a senior sales executive. Prior to joining Speedcast, he served for 17 years in various commercial and sales leadership positions at Arqiva, including a key role on the management board of the company’s Satellite and Media division. James has also held sales roles at Nortel Networks, Lexmark and IBM. He recently completed a second term as Chairman of the Board of the World Teleport Association, a non-profit organization serving the interests of teleport operators and their satellite and technology partners. James is a graduate of the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow with a double honors degree in International Business and Modern Languages.

    “James combines strong commercial and management skills with a commitment to improving the industry for the benefit of all the people and organizations working in it,” said executive director Robert Bell. “The insights he brings to our Board will enable SSPI to continue strengthening its service to the space and satellite business.”


    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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    (September 17, 2020 – New York City) – The Space & Satellite Professionals International (SSPI) today announced the third...

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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...

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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...

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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.

     

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

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

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    (October 22, 2020 – New York City) – Space & Satellite Professionals International (SSPI) today released The Spacecraft Assembly Line, its newest Better Satellite World video. It describes how OneWeb Satellites has brought the Ford assembly line model to satellite manufacturing.

    The business of space is changing as companies begin putting dozens or hundreds or thousands of satellites in orbit. Space is nothing like the roads traveled by Ford’s Model T. It is airless, freezing cold and blazing hot, and flooded with radiation. Building for it is hard, but the assembly line has come to the manufacturing of satellites, and nothing will ever be the same again. In a new factory near Cape Canaveral, Florida, OneWeb Satellites operates the most automated assembly lines in the business, where engineers, technicians, tools and robotics take part in a complex dance of creation.

    “The OneWeb Satellites factory on the Space Coast was the first high-volume manufacturing line for communications satellites in history,” said executive director Robert Bell. “The processes and technologies they have pioneered are rapidly becoming key to the explosive growth of LEO capacity on orbit.”

    The Spacecraft Assembly Line debuted at SSPI’s 2020 Future Leaders Celebration on October 6. You can watch it now 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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    (December 15, 2020 – New York City) – Space & Satellite Professionals International (SSPI) today released Uncovering the Hidden Arctic, its newest...

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    (December 15, 2020 – New York City) – Space & Satellite Professionals International (SSPI) today released Uncovering the Hidden Arctic, its newest Better Satellite World video. It describes how earth observation from space and data analytics on the ground make it possible to monitor changes to Arctic weather and sea ice, climate-inducted shifts on land and environmental compliance around the world.

    While the rest of the world fears rising sea levels, the warming Arctic is opening new shipping routes that promise to cut travel times. New fishing grounds will help feed the world, and new mineral deposits may supply the next generation of electric cars and wind turbines. Yet the hazards of the Arctic remain, while the risks of climate change grow every year. The video explores the contribution of Kongsberg Satellite Services (KSAT) to better management of a changing world, from Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) analysis of Arctic ice to identification of toxic algae blooms and oil spills.

    “In 2019, KSAT analysts played an important role in the cross-pole expedition of extreme adventurer Mike Horn,” said executive director Robert Bell. “He and his fellow explorer Borge Ousland were cut off from their ship by deep crevices in the melting ice. It was analysis of SAR data from KSAT experts that found a path for the explorers to make their way to safety.”

    Uncovering the Hidden Arctic debuted at SSPI’s 2020 Better Satellite World Awards Celebration on December 7. You can watch it now 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