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    (May 2, 2022 – New York City) – Space & Satellite Professionals International (SSPI) today announced the beginning of

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    (May 2, 2022 – New York City) – Space & Satellite Professionals International (SSPI) today announced the beginning of Untangling the Supply Chain, a six-week campaign featuring videos, podcasts, live online conversations and a new issue of SSPI’s digital magazine, The Orbiter. The campaign explores how space and satellite is coping with sometimes dramatic supply chain problems while continuing to provide the communications and information that makes supply chains run more efficiently and effectively in good times and bad. Untangling the Supply Chain is underwritten by Airbus OneWeb Satellites.

    The campaign begins today with a podcast interview with Airbus OneWeb Satellites Chief Supply Chain Officer John Meikle. SSPI will feature videos on supply chain disruptions and management in SSPI’s Better Satellite World series on the same day. New content will be published weekly at www.sspi.org/supplychain.


    About Untangling the Supply Chain
    The pandemic was expected to put a sharp dent in economic activity. It did for many industries and places – by closing factories and emptying out business districts, restaurants, hotels, sports stadiums and entertainment venues. But it also brought unexpected surges in online shopping and home renovation that caught supply chains by surprise and caused massive delays in shipping. The space and satellite industry was not immune. Depending on global networks of technology suppliers, manufacturers of rockets, spacecraft and ground technology were all affected. In Untangling the Supply Chain, SSPI explores how space and satellite is copying with sometimes dramatic supply chain problems and how the industry providing the communications and information that makes supply chains run more efficiently and effectively in good times and bad in a series of podcasts, webinars, videos and articles.

    “Most of the world is unaware of the critical role that communications and earth observation play in managing supply chains, keeping them moving and responding fast and effectively to disruptions,” said executive director Robert Bell. “SSPI set out in 2016 to educate customers, investors, regulators and our next generation of talent on the massive positive impact of space and satellite technology. Today’s supply chain problems present a perfect opportunity to spread the word in support of the industry’s growth.”

    You can learn more about the Untangling the Supply Chain campaign 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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    (April 5, 2022 – New York City) – Space & Satellite Professionals International (SSPI) today released Connecting the...

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    (April 5, 2022 – New York City) – Space & Satellite Professionals International (SSPI) today released Connecting the Countryside, its newest Better Satellite World video. It tells the story of how satellites in Earth orbit can bring the benefits of broadband connectivity to even the remotest regions of the world. Connecting the Countryside is made possible by funding from SES, with additional support from AvL Technologies and RKF Engineering.

    Like magnets attracting steel, cities attract people. Because most people live in cities and suburbs, broadband and mobile service tend to be good there. But not everyone everywhere has the same opportunities. In nations around the world, prosperity comes from the countryside in the form of natural resources, food and materials. Yet long distance and challenging terrain are the enemies of connectivity, leaving people in the countryside cut off from the services and connections the rest of us depend on.

    Unless their broadband connection comes to them from the sky, from the satellite network of companies like SES, as told in Connecting the Countryside on SSPI’s website and on Youtube.

    “Everyone needs work and play, shelter and safety, education and information,” said executive director Robert Bell. “Today, more and more of those needs are met by the devices in our hands. It takes companies like SES to ensure that everyone has the connectivity they need to benefit from what they produce for the world.”


    About the Better Satellite World Campaign
    The modern world literally runs on satellite – from data networks and TV to Internet, agriculture, energy and transport – though far too few people know it. The commercial satellite industry is now attracting a new generation of entrepreneurs and investors dedicated to lowering launch costs, downsizing spacecraft, servicing them in orbit and delivering ubiquitous connectivity at competitive prices. The Better Satellite World campaign shows the world why our industry, though often invisible, is indispensable to modern life, through powerful stories and videos that depict space and satellite technologies contributing to the economy, society and sustainability of planet Earth. More at www.bettersatelliteworld.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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    Industry’s first comprehensive online non-technical education program and curriculum to offer individual courses, full modules and a “Space Business...

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    Industry’s first comprehensive online non-technical education program and curriculum to offer individual courses, full modules and a “Space Business Qualified” certification path

    (March 21, 2022) – To satisfy the need of new and established businesses and employees in the commercial space industry to learn about all aspects of the business, Space and Satellite Professionals International (SSPI), GVF and SatProf, with 80 years of experience in space industry education, have launched a new online learning program to enable industry professionals to become “space business qualified.” The new program consists of several tracks of low-cost individual courses leading to certifications. The Space Business Qualified learning experience is designed to help industry professionals’ advance their careers and companies to help train and attract new employees as well as to retain talent. A full description of the courses can be found at www.SpaceBQ.org.

    The Need for an Industry-Wide Educational Learning Platform
    The space and satellite industry has grown far beyond the dreams of its pioneers and the handful of governments that initiated its inaugural era. Today, the commercial space industry and business is a mature, fast-expanding, complex business. With a total size estimated at well over US$1 trillion dollars, it reaches deeply into dozens of vertical markets and industry sectors. Because it is essential in the provisioning of communications, data and the digital transformation of much of the global economy, it has become an invisible but indispensable part of everyday economic activity. Its growth is being fueled by the financial community’s involvement as massive numbers of startups and new business models form within it. However, no industry course has offered a comprehensive learning experience to teach this.

    The Space Business Qualified (SBQ) program offers a series of online courses, taught through a mix of self-paced, interactive tutorials, videos, illustrations, and testing to validate understanding and reinforce learning. Fundamentals courses lead to more specialized courses in satellite communications, earth observation, spacecraft and launch. A Free “Welcome to the Business of Space” course is offered as an incentive for individuals and companies to examine the courses being offered.

    As an added appealing feature, members of the Space & Satellite Industry’s Hall of Fame and other well-known figures in the industry contribute “mini-master classes” by sharing personal stories and perspectives from their own experiences.

    “GVF Training has been taken by over 20,000 students around the world to improve their knowledge and expertise in a wide range of technical areas,” said GVF Secretary General, David Meltzer. “The Space Business Qualified series of courses fills a gap in the industry’s online training toolbox for education in non-technical areas. It is designed to improve the knowledge and performance of existing employees, increase the marketability of those seeking a job in the industry, and provide employers with an inexpensive way to both increase productivity and enhance employee retention in a hyper-competitive labor market.”

    Robert Bell, Executive Director of SSPI, noted that the comprehensive, accessible nature of the SBQ learning platform will enable industry professionals to understand that their work contributes to what SSPI calls, “a better satellite world.”

    “Each and every day these executives, engineers, designers and marketing people contribute to services that ultimately make our society function better. This includes monitoring the earth’s climate and assisting with humanitarian relief efforts.”

    In addition to contributing to the development of the course content, the program will be administered by SatProf, which specializes in online technical training for the satellite community. Ralph Brooker, the founder of SatProf, pointed out that the SBQ program will enable learners to focus on specific topics or to work through the course series to achieve their choice of certifications.

    “Our experience developing and administering the GVF training program shows that online, self-paced interactive training can be not only highly effective but convenient and excellent value if it is well tailored to the student profile. Professionals already in the industry and those coming into it need clear explanations of the diverse business environments and technologies of space, and that is what they will receive in SBQ courses.”

    For more information about SBQ course registration visit www.SpaceBQ.org or email info@SpaceBQ.org.

    Join the growing community on LinkedIn and Twitter – follow #SpaceBQ to be informed on the current and future developments.

    Watch a short SBQ video:


    Media Contact
    Irina Petrov
    info@SpaceBQ.org


    About GVF
    As the sole global non-profit association of the satellite industry with members from the entire ecosystem, GVF has throughout its history brought together organizations from around the world representing operators, manufacturers, service providers, innovators and other parts of the satellite ecosystem that are engaged in the development and delivery of satellite technologies and services for consumers, commercial and government organizations worldwide. GVF facilitates expanded access to satellite-based connectivity solutions, through regulatory, policy and spectrum advocacy; training and certification; product quality assurance; and collaboration with user groups and other satellite stakeholders. www.gvf.org


    About SSPI
    Space and Satellite Professionals International (SSPI) is the industry’s largest, most international and cross-disciplinary network of individuals and companies. 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. www.sspi.org


    About SatProf
    SatProf offers standard and custom web-based learning material and technical support for satellite installers, technicians, engineers, and managers. Its advanced web-based e-learning materials feature interactive animations based on numerical simulation algorithms. Students equipped only with Internet terminals now have access to realistic simulations of the behavior of real-world equipment. Its interactive, 3-D, animated tutorials enable a better grasp of technical concepts and permit the student to practice hands-on skills such as dish pointing, polarization alignment, and uplink signal line-up. www.satprof.com

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    (March 3, 2022 – New York City) – Space & Satellite Professionals International (SSPI) today released Powering Through the...

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    (March 3, 2022 – New York City) – Space & Satellite Professionals International (SSPI) today released Powering Through the Pandemic, a new Better Satellite World video. It tells the story of how the oil and gas industry responded to plunging prices during the first years of the pandemic by doubling down on IT and the satellite links that connect offshore platforms and isolated wellheads to office operations. Powering Through the Pandemic is made possible by funding from ITC Global.

    “We might all like to wave a magic wand and remove hydrocarbons from our energy supply tomorrow,” said executive director Robert Bell. “But the truth is that the transition to zero emission energy production will fail if energy markets are disrupted too much by price shocks and shortages.  The satellite industry has a critical role to play in helping producers maintain adequate supplies more efficiently and flexibly while investment in alternative energy races to meet our needs.”

    Despite global investments in alternative energy, the world still depends on fossil fuels for 80% of its energy needs. The companies that make their living supplying those needs were hit hard as profit turned to massive loss. They cut jobs and budgets. But they also needed to keep producing – and find cheaper and better ways to do it.

    Today, an industry that began with picks and shovels in the 1800s is all about data. It comes from seismic studies, from sensors down the well and in every part of the operation. To carry their data, oil and gas companies turn to satellite – because they operate in remote regions and offshore, where they have to bring their communications with them. They get satellite services from companies like ITC Global – but in the COVID downturn, they needed much more than a satellite link. They needed to bring new technology to their rigs for remote monitoring, predictive maintenance and troubleshooting. More technology meant much more data flowing through the network to deliver real-time insights into production. And it all had to get done with fewer people and tighter budgets.

    You can watch Powering Through the Pandemic on SSPI’s website and on Youtube.

     

    About the Better Satellite World Campaign
    The modern world literally runs on satellite – from data networks and TV to Internet, agriculture, energy and transport – though far too few people know it. The commercial satellite industry is now attracting a new generation of entrepreneurs and investors dedicated to lowering launch costs, downsizing spacecraft, servicing them in orbit and delivering ubiquitous connectivity at competitive prices. The Better Satellite World campaign shows the world why our industry, though often invisible, is indispensable to modern life, through powerful stories and videos that depict space and satellite technologies contributing to the economy, society and sustainability of planet Earth. More at www.bettersatelliteworld.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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    Frank DiBello, Dr. Christopher Boshuizen, Dr. William Marshall and Robbie Schingler, Steve Spengler and Prof. Robert Twiggs to be Inducted into the Space &...

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    Frank DiBello, Dr. Christopher Boshuizen, Dr. William Marshall and Robbie Schingler, Steve Spengler and Prof. Robert Twiggs to be Inducted into the Space & Satellite Hall of Fame in 2022

    (February 17, 2022 – New York City) – Space & Satellite Professionals International (SSPI) announced today that, on March 15, it will induct six new members into the prestigious Space & Satellite Hall of Fame.

    The 2022 honorees are Frank DiBello, President and CEO of Space Florida; Dr. Christopher R. Boshuizen, Dr. William S. Marshall and Robbie Schingler, co-founders of Planet; Steve Spengler, President and CEO of Intelsat; and Prof. Robert Twiggs, Professor Emeritus at Morehead State University.

    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, Dr. Gladys West, Mark Dankberg, James Monroe III, Steve Collar, Peter Jackson and Jean-Yves Le Gall.

    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 2022 inductees into the Hall of Fame represent the depth and breadth of innovation in space that brings benefit to the people of Earth,” said executive director Robert Bell. “Among them are engineering and business model pioneers who made possible the thousands of cubesats now in orbit and the explosive growth of Earth observation they enabled. They include business leaders who rebuilt storied companies for a new era of competitive growth and tapped the potential of space for local economic growth. These are the critical stories of our industry in the second decade of the century.”

    The latest members of the Space & Satellite Hall of Fame will be inducted during the 2022 online Hall of Fame Ceremony on March 15 and honored in-person at the live 2022 Hall of Fame Celebration on March 22 during SATELLITE, hosted by K&L Gates. The inductees were selected by SSPI’s Board of Directors under the leadership of SSPI Chair Nicole Robinson, President of Ursa Space Systems, and of SSPI President Katherine Gizinski, Chief Executive Officer of Mansat.
     

    The 2022 Space & Satellite Hall of Fame Inductees:

    Frank DiBello
    President and CEO, Space Florida
    Over a 50-year career in the business of space, Frank DiBello has served in a wide variety of roles, all of them dedicated to guiding and strengthening the aerospace industry in America. In his 13 years with Space Florida – an Independent Special District of the State of Florida – he was instrumental in the state’s recovery from the retirement of the Space Shuttle in 2011 and its subsequent rise to even greater heights as the thriving commercial space operations and manufacturing cluster it is today. Frank’s leadership and contributions to the advancement of the aerospace industry in Florida have positioned the state as the clear leader in a rapidly transforming US aerospace market, which has set an example to many other states, including New Mexico, Virginia, Alaska, Texas and Georgia, that seek to tap the economic potential of space.

    Dr. Christopher Boshuizen, Dr. William Marshall and Robbie Schingler
    Co-Founders, Planet Labs PBC
    Planet was founded in 2010 as Cosmogia by former NASA scientists Dr. Christopher R. Boshuizen, Dr. William S. Marshall, and Robbie Schingler. Their goal was to make use of information gathered from space to help with life on Earth – specifically, to see global change with enough frequency and detail to spur deeper understanding and more action on climate change. Over the past decade, Planet has revolutionized the Earth observation industry, democratizing access to satellite data beyond the traditional agriculture and defense sectors. Since its founding, Planet has launched over 500 satellites, and currently operates roughly 200 in orbit today. Together, they image the entire planet every day, a revisit rate never before achieved. Businesses, governments, and research institutions now leverage Planet’s data and platform to scale their operations, increase efficiency and mitigate risk, and develop novel solutions to address our most pressing challenges.

    Steve Spengler
    President and CEO, Intelsat
    Over a 36-year career in the space and satellite industry, Steve Spengler has dedicated himself to providing critical services to places in the world and people on the move where other telecommunications technologies cannot reach. He joined Intelsat in 2003 and served in a variety of executive roles, including sales, marketing, strategy and business development. Appointed CEO in 2015, he assumed leadership at a major inflection point for the world’s first satellite company. He oversaw the 2016 launch of the first satellite in the global Epic fleet that brought high-throughput architecture to C-, Ku- and Ka-bands, vastly increasing Intelsat’s capacity to meet exploding needs for satellite data. Through strategic investments and alliances, he expanded the company into flat panel antenna technology, LEO communications, in-flight broadband and other verticals. After years of fighting the mobile industry over access to spectrum, he changed course and proposed the sale of C-band frequencies to mobile carriers, igniting a complex regulatory and political process that led to the current C-band repack in the US. His final act before announcing his retirement was the emergence of Intelsat from Chapter 11 bankruptcy as a newly capitalized company that had shed a substantial portion of the debt heaped on it by former private equity owners and is prepared for its next wave of growth.

    Prof. Robert Twiggs
    Emeritus Professor – Astronautics at Morehead State University
    Prof. Robert Twiggs is best known in the space and satellite industry and academia as the “Father of the CubeSat” for his co-development of the CubeSat reference design and P-Pod Deployer for miniaturized satellites at Stanford University, alongside Professor Jordi Puig-Suari of California Polytechnic University at San Luis Obispo. His design has become the de-facto industry standard for Pico satellites since its development in 1998, with over 1,600 successful launches to this day. Prof. Twiggs has also developed and co-developed other original concepts, including the CricketSat, CanSat, ThinSat and the PocketQube for educational applications in space.

    Full profiles of the 2022 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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    (January 10, 2022 – New York City) – Space & Satellite Professionals International (SSPI) today announced the beginning of

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    (January 10, 2022 – New York City) – Space & Satellite Professionals International (SSPI) today announced the beginning of Climate Sense, a six-week campaign featuring videos, podcasts, live online conversations and a new issue of SSPI’s digital magazine, The Orbiter. The campaign explores the unique power of satellite to reveal hidden contributors to climate change, its continuing acceleration and how effectively nations are keeping their carbon commitments.

    The campaign began on January 10 with a podcast interview with NASA Earth Science Division Director Dr. Karen St. Germain and GSOA Secretary General Aarti Holla-Maini. SSPI featured videos on sustainability in SSPI’s Better Satellite World series on the same day. New content will be published weekly at www.sspi.org/climatesense.


    About Climate Sense
    Climate change is not a problem for tomorrow. It is happening before our eyes, whatever we think of its causes. To solve that problem, we must first understand it. And that is where satellite makes the critical difference. It is the only technology that provides perspective on the entire planet, from trends affecting entire oceans to changes in one square kilometer of land. Over six consecutive weeks, the campaign will examine critical climate challenges and the satellite technologies and services that can deepen our understanding and point the way to solutions.

    “After too many decades, climate change now has the world’s attention,” said executive director Robert Bell. “Less well understood is the essential role that satellite technology and services play in understanding its sources and revealing its progress. The Climate Sense campaign aims to change that by putting the contributions of space and satellite companies front and center.”

    You can learn more about the Climate Sense campaign 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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    (18 November 2021 – New York City & London) – The Space & Satellite Professionals International (SSPI) announced today the recipients of the seventh annual...

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    (18 November 2021 – New York City & London) – The Space & Satellite Professionals International (SSPI) announced today the recipients of the seventh 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 Hellas Sat Founder and CEO and humanitarian Christodoulos Protopappas, Speedcast and Willka Yachay’s project to bring satellite connectivity to the Q’eros tribe in Peru and UltiSat’s services for the UN in the Democratic Republic of the Congo to receive this year’s awards. The recipients will be honoured at the Better Satellite World Awards Virtual Celebration on 9 December and a live reception on 10 January 2022 in London.

    “In a time of profound disruption and crises at nearly every level of human society, the space and satellite community is providing indispensable support and relief to remediate suffering and to improve and preserve what is best in human culture,” said SSPI Director of Development and Innovation Louis Zacharilla. “Most important, it is pushing us toward a time when things inevitably will get better.”

    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.

    Also at the Celebration, SSPI UK will present its sixth annual Satellite Personality of the Year Award to Volodymyr Levykin, Founder and CEO of Skyrora for his many contributions both personally and through the company to Edinburgh’s robust and growing satellite industry.

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

    The 2021 Better Satellite World Award Recipients:

    Christodoulos Protopappas
    Over the course of a more than 25-year career in space and satellite, Christodoulos Protopappas has promoted satellite communications and connectivity across Europe, the Middle East and parts of Sub-Saharan Africa. He founded Hellas Sat, the national satellite operator of Greece and Cyprus, in 2001 and has served as its CEO for 20 years. Today, Hellas Sat operates a fleet of three geostationary (GEO) satellites that serve locations across Europe, the Middle East and parts of Africa. The company has been fundamental to the development of the Greek Space Agency and has contributed to Greece’s space infrastructure as a whole, including serving as a facilitator for collaboration between the Agency, academia and local industries. Hellas Sat also provided the first major opportunities for young engineers in the region to work in the area of space and satellite in both Greece and Cyprus. While serving as CEO, Christodoulos founded the company’s Space Centre in Cyprus, which boasts more than 35 large antennas with DTH transmission and other satellite managed services.

    Christodoulos has been a dedicated advocate for space and satellite services throughout his career. He served 2 terms as Chairman of the European Satellite Operators Association (ESOA) and a term as Chairman of the Hellenic Space Agency. While serving in these positions, he promoted the protection of satellite spectrum in ITU and proposed the use of satellite internet to bridge the digital divide in Greece, Cyprus, the European Union as a whole and South Africa. Christodoulos even went a step further and provided these proposed connectivity services. Under his direction, Hellas Sat connected 172 rural schools in Albania via satellite internet in 2009, rural schools and hospitals in Greece, 142 rural communities in Cyprus in 2008, several remote rural islands in Greece in 2008 and 2009 and 150 hospitals in Zimbabwe in 2021. Christodoulos has continued to work as an advocate for space while completing these projects, and he was crucial to the Greek government securing Govsatcom services in 2019.
     

    Speedcast and Willka Yachay
    Speedcast has a long history of providing humanitarian aid and NGO connectivity solutions. Recently, the company partnered with the non-profit organization Willka Yachay to provide connectivity to the Q’eros tribe in the Andes Mountains of Peru. The Q’eros are some of the last living descendents of Incan tribes, and they live a difficult, isolated life without access to modern education, health and technology services. In 2010, an American student named Hannah Rae Porst traveled to Peru and spent time living with the Q’eros for a university project. Some time after leaving the mountain community, she founded the Willka Yachay non-profit organization to give back to those who had accepted her and taught her so much during her time in Peru. Willka Yachay raised funds to build and launch a school for the Q’eros, and Hannah moved to Peru to oversee the project. The organization also founded Kidnected World, an NGO dedicated to bringing interactive education to indigenous civilizations throughout South America and Africa.

    Speedcast became Kidnected World’s primary partner on the project, providing communications services and advice on solutions needed to best serve such remote communities. The company also donated a year of connectivity service for the charity and deployed Speedcast field engineers to conduct antenna systems installations in the Q’eros community. Thanks to Speedcast’s efforts, quality of life has improved dramatically for the Q’eros in only a few short years. The community is now connected virtually to the rest of the world, allowing students to access virtual learning via video sessions with teachers across the world. When community members fall ill, they can now access online medical information and resources to better treat ailments. Some Q’eros have begun selling traditional hand-woven textiles online, bringing new economic strength to the community and a piece of their unique culture to the rest of Peru. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, Speedcast’s robust connectivity services allowed the Q’eros to remain isolated from the disease in their community while still interacting with the rest of the world online and maintaining access to services that have changed their lives so powerfully for the better.
     

    UltiSat
    Beginning in June 2021, UltiSat partnered with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to provide satellite communications services in support of the emergency operation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The DRC is host to one of the largest internally displaced populations in Africa, with more than 92,000 refugees seeking asylum in its northern region after fleeing post-election conflict in the Central African Republic (CAR). The displacement has placed tremendous strain on the region, prompting the UNHCR’s humanitarian efforts to provide much-needed shelter, food and access to medical services for the refugees and the local population attempting to support them. Coordinating such a huge effort requires reliable communication services, and UltiSat stepped up to offer them.

    UltiSat has a long history of supporting humanitarian and disaster relief organizations working on-site by providing satellite network services, equipment, life-cycle operation, installation, maintenance and logistics support. The company leverages its global network capabilities – including in-house engineering and operations for satellite, wireless and terrestrial services – to develop custom-tailored networking solutions for each particular mission. In a region where connectivity is limited to non-existent, UltiSat’s satellite network has provided invaluable in providing UNHCR workers and local coordinators with the information they require to provide protection and aid where it is most needed.


    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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    (October 5, 2021 – New York City, NY) - The Space & Satellite Professionals International (SSPI) today presented the 2021 Promise Awards to Kelsey...

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    (October 5, 2021 – New York City, NY) - The Space & Satellite Professionals International (SSPI) today presented the 2021 Promise Awards to Kelsey Doerksen of Planet, Sydney Hamilton of Boeing and Raven Moreland of Ball Aerospace. The Promise Awards honor the three top-ranked members of the annual “20 Under 35” list of space & satellite employees and entrepreneurs age 35 and under who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in the early stages of their career. The three recipients were honored at the 16th annual Future Leaders Celebration in Mountain View, California, in conjunction with the Satellite Innovation 2021 Conference, produced by SatNews publishers.

    “For the second year in a row and the third time in the history of the Promise Awards, women swept the three top positions among our ’20 Under 35’ cohort,” said executive director Robert Bell.  “Diversity of both gender and ethnicity remains a challenge to our industry, but if the 2021 honorees of this program are an example, the space and satellite business is definitely working the problem.” 

    “For the first time ever, SSPI inducted a Black woman into the Space and Satellite Hall of Fame in March,” said membership director Tamara Bond-Williams. “And on October 5, also for the first time, two Black women were named winners of the Promise Awards. I'm excited by this progress and look forward to seeing more and varying kinds of diversity as our industry grows.”

    The 20 Under 35, Promise Award winners and Mentor of the Year are selected by a jury of industry executives who donate their time and expertise to reviewing dozens of nominations received from around the world.
     

    The 2021 Promise Award Winners:


    Kelsey Doerksen
    Space Systems Engineer in Satellite Operations, Planet

    Kelsey joined Planet in February 2020 after completing a series of internships at the Paris Observatory and NASA Jet Propulsion Lab. In her current role at Planet, she is responsible for identifying, triaging, root causing and resolving satellite anomalies and performing fleet-wide health check-ins for the largest Earth Observation satellite constellation in the world. Kelsey also has extensive experience in using Python to develop tools for autonomous satellite operations and in creating and aggregating performance metrics to provide insight into constellation health and productivity. While working at Planet, Kelsey also serves as a Paris Observatory Researcher and Summer School Lecturer, a position she has held since 2018. She is enrolled to begin her Ph.D. in Autonomous Intelligent Machines and Systems at the University of Oxford in October 2021.

    Since joining Planet, Kelsey has proved to be a dependable, creative teammate with extraordinary technical skills and social intelligence that have already produced many accomplishments. She co-led the commissioning campaign for Planet’s Flock 4S 48 SuperDove satellite launch in January 2021. Her responsibilities for the program included planning the commissioning campaign in its entirety and aggregating metrics describing the performance of the commissioning campaign and presenting the results at a company-wide meeting. Kelsey also simulated the addition of 48 new satellites to the existing Planet constellation ahead of the launch, created a dashboard to track the status of every satellite as part of the launch and wrote Python code to automate the whole process. In addition to this achievement, she founded the partnership between Planet and the USA and AUS/NZ cohorts of the Frontier Development Lab, which gathers researchers for 8 weeks every year to tackle complex machine learning problems. Kelsey provided satellite imagery to the drought detection and fire mitigation and modelling teams and acted as the official partner representative and domain expert on behalf of Planet.

    Outside of work, Kelsey serves as Manager for the Space Generation Congress (SGC) 2021, the Space Generation Advisory Council’s (SGAC) annual meeting in support of the United Nations Programme on Space Applications. She volunteers her time with a variety of other organizations, including the Zenith Canada Pathways Foundation and the American Meteorological Society Science and Technological Activities Committee for Space Weather. Kelsey has made presentations at numerous conferences and been published as part of many of those presentations as well. She has also spoken at many outreach events and talks, particularly in the area of STEM outreach for women.


    Sydney Hamilton
    Structures Stress Engineering Manager, The Boeing Company

    Sydney began her career at Boeing in 2014 as a Structural Design Engineer, a role in which she supported projects like the 777 Automated Floor Drilling Equipment Elimination & Floor Redesign project and the 777X Folding Wing-Tip Mock-Up. She also worked in the Commercial Aircraft Operations Center as a Service Engineer before moving on to become a Mechanical Systems Engineer designing, analyzing and managing projects for additively manufactured parts for space and launch systems. Sydney next took on the position of Responsible Engineering Authority (REA) for satellite reflectors, in which she led a cross-functional team to develop reflectors for multiple commercial and government programs, demonstrating rapid problem-solving skills and the ability to consistently meet aggressive deadlines and cost targets. In her current role of Structures Stress Engineering Manager, she leads a high-performing team of 18 engineers that perform critical technical analyses for all 3 major Boeing Divisions: Boeing Commercial Airplanes (BCA), Boeing Defense, Space & Security (BDS) and Boeing Global Services (BGS). While Sydney’s primary organization within the company is in BCA, her leadership spans beyond BCA products to include BDS products such as the CST-100 Starliner reusable spacecraft capsule, Space Launch System and Wideband Global SATCOM.

    Sydney has distinguished herself in many areas since joining Boeing. She became Manager of the Structural Analysis Team at Boeing just after her 30th birthday, a role in which she leads a team that provides structural analysis engineering for design, repairs and modifications for multiple Boeing programs, including satellites, rockets, manned spacecraft and commercial airplanes. As part of the Advance Design Engineering Additive Manufacturing Team, Sydney developed and maintained the largest database of additive manufacturing analyses at Boeing. The database is the first of its kind and provides access to complete and reviewed engineering work products, enabling other engineers to reuse and leverage existing analyses as part of ongoing work. She also performed design work for 3D printing satellite components in this role. Sydney has won multiple awards for her contributions to the industry, including the prestigious Arlington W. Carter Legacy Award at the 2021 Black Engineer of the Year Awards Conference. She also received the Boeing Engineering Excellence Team of the Year Award in 2017 for her work on the Aircraft Dagger Fitting Team that increased 767 production rates from 1.5 to 2.5 planes per month.

    Outside of work hours, Sydney dedicates much of her time to mentor and inspire young STEM talent. She is an IF/THEN Ambassador for the American Association of the Advancement of Science and the Executive Board President for the Dramatic Results Non-Profit Organization. Sydney was keynote speaker for the 2021 Young Women in STEM Conference, keynote speaker for the #CloseTheGap virtual conference and an invited speaker at the May 2021 #unmuTED TedX forum. She was also a panelist for the roll-out of a new Girl Scout STEM Career Exploration Badge and a guest speaker at the Kode with Klossy Summer Camp, among many other outreach speaking opportunities. Sydney treats every speaking opportunity as a way to show students, particularly young women and minorities, an example of what they can achieve if they follow their dreams.


    Raven Moreland
    Spacecraft Power Systems Engineer, Ball Aerospace

    Raven joined Ball Aerospace in early 2020 as a Systems Engineer and currently serves as lead for the Electrical Power Distribution Subsystem (EPDS) on NASA’s SPHEREx program, which will conduct the first near-infrared all-sky spectral survey to study the cosmic origins of the universe and galaxies. Her contributions to the EPDS on the SPHEREx program have already proven invaluable in her 14 months spent on the project. In her first 6 months on the project, she was responsible for researching and procuring the solar array technology that will power the SPHEREx spacecraft and quickly realized that the original design exceeded the system’s mass allocation. Raven discovered a novel technology that is more efficient, smaller, lighter and more powerful for less cost than the established baseline, thereby getting the project back on track seamlessly and with added benefits. She consistently provides valuable feedback for deliverables, researches options for spacecraft components and contributes design ideas.

    Before joining Ball Aerospace, Raven served as the Lead Operations and Ground System Design Engineer for General Atomics, where she led operations on the Orbital Test Bed 1 (OTB-1) mission, the first truly commercial all hosting satellite. She was responsible for commissioning of the spacecraft, including anomaly resolution, operations logistics and user manual development, and she went on to lead and define the ground system fault detection, isolation and recovery philosophy for the OTB-2 and OTB-3 missions. Raven served as the only Operations Engineer for the OTB-1 project, wrote the satellite’s anomaly recovery procedures and was on call to solve them on the spot during and after launch. She also served as a Satellite Systems Engineer at Orbital ATK, where she performed mission operations development for geostationary (GEO) satellites and helped direct the GovSat-1 and Al Yah 3 missions. Raven spent her first year of her professional career at Intelsat and served as the Lead Payload Engineer for the Intelsat IS-35e next generation digital payload satellite. While at Intelsat, she created a new, automated capability for in-orbit testing (IOT). While performing in-orbit testing for a newly launched satellite, her payload team quickly found the testing phases to be intense, monotonous and prone to human error due to requiring the team to manually enter testing results into the database. She wrote a script to automate IOT in response so that team members could see which tests were running based on the configurations set up and which also logged the relevant test result data into a database without needing manual input. For her accomplishments throughout the space sector, Raven has received numerous awards including a 2021 Black Engineer of the Year Awards (BEYA) Modern-Day Technology Leader Award, an Intelsat Spot Beam Award, an Orbital ATK Spot Award and the General Atomics Most Valuable Professional Award.

    Outside of official work hours, Raven joined two employee resource groups at Ball Aerospace to serve as an ally for other African Americans and members of the LGBTQIA+ community. She recently appeared on a roundtable discussion on intersectionality within Pride with the Pride Ball Network and serves on the events committee of the African Diaspora Network at Ball Aerospace. Raven is also an active volunteer for the High Line Canal Conservancy of Denver, where she works to maintain the accessibility and cleanliness of the city’s 71-mile canal. She has also served as a mentor at local high schools to help students interested in STEM complete college applications, obtain career information, and receive scholarships.


    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 23, 2021 – New York City) – The Space & Satellite Professionals International (SSPI) today announced the fourth annual “20 Under 35” list...

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    (September 23, 2021 – New York City) – The Space & Satellite Professionals International (SSPI) today announced the fourth annual “20 Under 35” list of outstanding young space and satellite professionals age 35 and under. The honorees will be celebrated at SSPI’s 16th annual Future Leaders Celebration on October 5 during the Satellite Innovation 2021 conference, produced by SatNews publishers.

    SSPI’s annual list of the "20 Under 35" features 20 employees and entrepreneurs to keep your eye on in coming years. They were selected from nominations submitted by the membership and evaluated by a panel of judges made up of many of 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.

    “This year’s 20 Under 35 cohort is in the best tradition of Space & Satellite Professionals International,” said executive director Robert Bell. “They cross the lines of the many disciplines that go to make up our industry. They come from multiple sectors, companies and nations. And their hard work, ingenuity and developing skills as leaders are making outsized contributions to their companies, their industry and the power of that industry to make a better world.”
     

    The 20 Under 35 of 2021:

    • Daniel Carey, Director of Marketing, ATLAS Space Operations
    • Luke Clancy, Director of Solutions Engineering, Speedcast
    • Kelsey Doerksen, Space Systems Engineer in Satellite Operations, Planet
    • Meg Eckensen, Head of User Experience, Ursa Space Systems
    • Luis Ferreira, Strategy Manager, Airbus Defence and Space
    • Dr. Markus Geiss, Systems Engineer and Project Manager, OHB System AG
    • Sydney Hamilton, Structures Stress Engineering Manager, The Boeing Company
    • David Harary, Acquisition Program Analyst, OBXTek Inc., Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Space Acquisition and Integration (SAF/SQ)
    • Mikala Johnson, Ph.D., Principal Systems Engineer – LEO Systems, Kymeta Corporation
    • Mina Konaka, Satellite Systems Engineer, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency
    • Dr. Akshata Krishnamurthy, Systems Engineer and Scientist, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
    • Sam Lewis, Senior Software Engineer, ATLAS Space Operations
    • Valentina Luchetti, Operations Manager, Space Generation Advisory Council
    • Brandon Marsella, Guidance, Navigation and Control Engineer, The Boeing Company
    • Raven Moreland, Spacecraft Power Systems Engineer, Ball Aerospace
    • Camilo Andrés Reyes Mantilla, Junior Spacecraft Controller, SES Satellites
    • Courtney Schmitt, Controls Engineer II, Blue Origin
    • Dr. Olga Stelmakh-Drescher, Chief Policy and Government Relations Officer, EXOLAUNCH
    • E. James (Jimmy) Strates II, Lead RF Engineer, NXT Communications Corp.
    • Nathan Welborne, Resilient Space Missions Business Development, Viasat Government Systems

    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

     September 23, 2021
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    Donna will be honored along with this year’s “20 Under 35” outstanding young professionals at the 16th Annual Future Leaders Celebration on October 5

    (September 21, 2021 – New York City) – The Space & Satellite Professionals International (SSPI) today announced that it will present its 2021 Mentor of the Year Award to Donna Potter, Former Senior Executive Director of Research and Development at Maxar, now retired. Donna will be honored on October 5 at SSPI’s 16th Annual Future Leaders Celebration for the attention, support, inspiration 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.

    “Nominations for Mentor of the Year are usually accompanied by endorsements of candidates from the people they have mentored,” said executive director Robert Bell. “In our sixteen years of presenting this award, I have never read so many gripping, heartfelt descriptions of a mentor’s work and its impact as accompanied Donna’s nomination.  This is a person who changed lives for the better and guided women in particular into successful and rewarding careers that ultimately benefit our entire industry.” 

    The 2021 Future Leaders Celebration (www.satfuture.com) will take place live on October 5 at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA in conjunction with the Satellite Innovation 2021 conference, produced by SatNews publishers. The proceeds of the Celebration go to fund SSPI’s educational, professional development and industry growth initiatives.
     

    The SSPI 2021 Mentor of the Year:

    Donna Potter
    Senior Executive Director of Research and Development, Maxar (retired)

    Until her retirement in 2019, Donna Potter served as Senior Executive Director of Research and Development at Maxar, after she originally took on the position at Space Systems/Loral (SSL) in 2011. She managed the research and development portfolio for SSL and later Maxar, furthering the technologies the company needed to remain competitive in the GEO communication satellite market. Donna’s responsibilities included crafting strategy for new technology development and driving progress and productivity on a wide array of technical projects. Along the way, she also helped employees develop critical project management and technical leadership skills, which resulted in multiple researchers publishing technical papers and earning patents under her leadership. She was instrumental in SSL’s transition from working exclusively with commercial customers to executing government contracts, including the Spider program for in-space robotic assembly of spacecraft and the Psyche mission to explore an asteroid.

    Donna has consistently made time throughout her career to mentor others both within her companies and the industry as a whole, even taking time out for them after her retirement. As a manager, she provided frequent opportunities for her subordinates to learn more about leadership, including organizing a book club to read and discuss The Ideal Team Player. Donna has served as a role model for many women seeking to improve their leadership skills and rise through the ranks and went the extra mile with several mentees to help them adopt strategies to be taken more seriously in positions of authority. Throughout the growth process, she consistently provided emotional support in addition to strategic guidance even when dealing with uncomfortable situations such as harassment.

    While at SSL, Donna served as the executive sponsor for a newly formed women’s Employee Resource Group (ERG). She worked closely with the leadership team to help them formulate a shared leadership model, where leaders took turns facilitating meeting and stepping up to do what was needed. This new system led to a particularly efficient and effective ERG, where a number of Donna’s mentees were able to ease into leadership experience and grow while helping others to do the same.

    Even after retiring in 2019, Donna continues to support her mentees. She participated in a monthly Zoom group with 7 of her female mentees from Maxar at the start of the pandemic to reconnect and provide mutual support. Donna helped to provide a compassionate and safe environment for those women, who were struggling with a variety of challenges. The Zoom group gave all 7 women a place to be heard and supported by their peers, allowing them to cope with the worst the pandemic had in store both at home and work. Read more about Donna.


    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

     September 21, 2021
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    (July 13, 2021 – New York City) – In an election taking place over the final week of June, the membership of SSPI-WISE (SSPI...

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    (July 13, 2021 – New York City) – In an election taking place over the final week of June, the membership of SSPI-WISE (SSPI Women in Space Engagement) has appointed fourteen women to officer positions, including:

    • Debra Facktor, Head of Space Systems, AIRBUS U.S. Space and Defense, Inc.
      SSPI-WISE Chair
    • Jomya Lei, Systems Engineer, Boeing
      SSPI-WISE Vice-Chair
    • Alix Wright, Senior Vice President, Marketing Communications, Speedcast
      SSPI-WISE Secretary
    • Negar Feher, Vice President of Business Development, Momentus
      SSPI-WISE Elevating Women Working Group Co-Chair
    • Kaitlyn O'Hara, Vice President & Associate General Counsel, Echostar
      SSPI-WISE Elevating Women Working Group Co-Chair
    • Susan Saadat, Vice President, Americas, EtL Systems
      SSPI-WISE Elevating Women Working Group Co-Chair
    • Wendy Lewis, Public Relations and Communications Consultant, Strategic Voice
      SSPI-WISE Mentoring Working Group Chair
    • Jennifer Hoil, Senior Product Marketing Manager, ST Engineering iDirect
      SSPI-WISE Networking and Swag Working Group Co-Chair
    • Kerstin Roost, Global Strategic Partnerships, ST Engineering iDirect
      SSPI-WISE Networking and Swag Working Group Co-Chair
    • Vinitha Lalvani, Marketing Coordinator, AvL Technologies
      SSPI-WISE Social Media Working Group Co-Chair
    • Rosario Toxqui, Director of Marketing & Communications, Advantech Wireless
      SSPI-WISE Social Media Working Group Co-Chair
    • Justyna Kosianka, Senior Scientist/Engineering Coordinator, Ursa Space Systems
      SSPI-WISE STEM Outreach Working Group Co-Chair
    • Natalia Larrea Brito, Principle Advisor, Euroconsult
      SSPI-WISE STEM Outreach Working Group Co-Chair
    • Audrey Puderbaugh, AOCS/Propulsion Engineer, Satellite Systems Group, Iridium
      SSPI-WISE STEM Outreach Working Group Co-Chair

    “When we founded SSPI-WISE, it was with the deliberate mindset and expectation that the level of engagement alone by the women of our industry would have an impact,” said outgoing SSPI-WISE Chair Nicole Robinson, President of Ursa Space Systems and Chair of the SSPI Board. “To say that has been the case would be underselling what we’ve experienced. The fire that has been ignited by these dynamic women is nothing short of amazing, and I am absolutely thrilled to see Debra pick up the torch and do what she does best: inspire, lead and create new opportunities.”


    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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    (November 23, 2021 – New York City) – Space & Satellite Professionals International...

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    (November 23, 2021 – New York City) – Space & Satellite Professionals International (SSPI) today opened nominations for the 21st Induction to the Space & Satellite Hall of Fame. The new Inductees will be honored at the Hall of Fame Celebration on March 22, 2022, hosted by K&L Gates. Nominations are due by December 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 Kathryn Lueders of NASA, Steve Collar of SES, Greg Wyler of OneWeb, Gwynne Shotwell of SpaceX, Tory Bruno of ULA, 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 focuses the industry’s attention on the transformative power of leadership,” said executive director Robert Bell. “It honors people who have built strong organizations that make indispensable contributions to human welfare while serving their customers and shareholders. That is a remarkable combination.”

    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

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    (November 2, 2021 – New York City) – Space & Satellite Professionals International (SSPI) today released

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    (November 2, 2021 – New York City) – Space & Satellite Professionals International (SSPI) today released How Space Saves Lives, its newest Better Satellite World video. Aimed at middle and senior high school students, the video explains how satellite technology brings us not only food and education but also invaluable data for navigation, surveillance and disaster response that helps save lives around the world every day.

    How Space Saves Lives is the third 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 first two videos in the series: The Road to Space and Is There a Satellite Inside? are available to watch on SSPI’s website.

    “We are grateful to Hunter Communications for proposing this series of educational videos and funding their production,” said executive director Robert Bell. “There is a ton of STEM and STEAM content out there but remarkably little of it covers the real-world commercial industry that is building a growing space economy. When kids get excited about space, we want them to think of us first, and these three videos are our contribution.”

    How Space Saves Lives debuted at the 2021 SSPI Chairman’s Reception in Washington DC. You can watch the video 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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    (October 12, 2021 – New York City) – Space & Satellite Professionals International (SSPI) today released

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    (October 12, 2021 – New York City) – Space & Satellite Professionals International (SSPI) today released Cellular Ends at Forest Edge, its newest Better Satellite World video. It tells the story of  how brave men and women fight wildfires around the world every day with the help of satellite data delivered anywhere anytime. Cellular Ends at Forest Edge is made possible by funding from Kymeta Corporation.

    Every year around the world, men and women walk into the fire to save forests, homes and people. Working sixteen hours a day for two or more weeks straight, wildfire fighters go without showers or regular meals, and they sleep on the ground. It's a dangerous job. An average of nineteen American wildfire fighters perish in the flames each year.

    To save forests and homes and lives, including their own, firefighters turn to satellite technology. Weather data from space provides accurate forecasts of conditions on the ground. Satellite image data helps fire commanders see where fires are and makes it possible for artificial intelligence to predict their course. Kymeta Corporation produces a satellite terminal that mounts easily on the roofs of cars or at basecamp. With the push of a button, the Kymeta™ u8 terminal powers up and connects to a satellite without the need for specialized training. It provides a local WiFi signal that lets commanders and firefighters use the phones, tablets and laptops they are used to.

    “Wildfires have become a global concern as our planet warms,” said executive director Robert Bell. “Read the headlines during fire season and you realize how connected we all are in the face of rising change. Contributing to our Better Satellite World campaign, Kymeta dramatizes how many of the solutions we need will come from space and satellite.”

    You can watch Cellular Ends at Forest Edge 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.


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

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    (New York City, 23 June 2021) – Space & Satellite Professionals International (SSPI) today opened nominations for the 2021 Better Satellite World Awards. The winners will be honoured at...

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    (New York City, 23 June 2021) – Space & Satellite Professionals International (SSPI) today opened nominations for the 2021 Better Satellite World Awards. The winners will be honoured at the Better Satellite World Awards Celebration on 6 December. Nominations are due by 30 September 2021.

    As part of its Better Satellite World Awards Celebration SSPI honours three organizations that 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.

    “SSPI is proud to have recognized many organizations over the years that typify the best in our industry - recognized not just for innovative technologies or timely and creative solutions, but for making a difference in the world and having that as an organizing principle,” said SSPI Director of Development and Innovation Lou Zacharilla.

    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.
     

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