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    (September 8, 2022 – New York City) – The Space & Satellite Professionals International (SSPI) today announced the fifth annual “20...

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    (September 8, 2022 – New York City) – The Space & Satellite Professionals International (SSPI) today announced the fifth annual “20 Under 35” list of outstanding young space and satellite professionals age 35 and under. The honorees will be celebrated at SSPI’s 17th annual Future Leaders Celebration on October 12 during Silicon Valley Space Week, 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 is the most global group of honorees we have seen in five years of the 20 Under 35 program, with executives and entrepreneurs from seven nations,” said executive director Robert Bell. “They work in satellite fleet operations, spacecraft manufacturing, satellite service delivery, meteorology, testing, robotics, space medicine, and the cutting edge of research into the systems of the future. They are people we should all get to know if we can – because we may be working for them someday.”
     

    The 20 Under 35 of 2022:

    • Sabrina Alam, Senior Specialist, Social & Environmental Impact, SES
    • Charis Angeli, Satellite Controller, Hellas Sat
    • Dr. Olivia Borgue, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Interdisciplinary Centre of Security, Reliability & Trust, University of Luxembourg
    • Kevin Burville, Systems Engineer, MDA
    • Chiara Cocchiara, Systems Operations Engineer, EUMETSAT
    • Donya Naz Divsaler, Co-Founder & CEO, Caidin Biotechnologies
    • Joakim Espeland, CEO, QuadSAT
    • Federico Giusto, Space Systems Engineer, ispace
    • Robert Hawkins, Modeling and Simulation Engineer, Boeing
    • Trina Jefferson, Systems Engineer, Ball Aerospace
    • Ryan Jeffrey, Principal Satellite Engineer, Sidus Space
    • Saroj Kumar, Mission Designer for Advanced Propulsion Systems, Propulsion Research Center, University of Alabama in Huntsville
    • Dr. Vivek Muralidharan, Research Associate, University of Luxembourg
    • Mariam Naseem, PhD student, Planetary Geology, University of Maryland, College Park (former: Canadian Space Agency)
    • Angga Risnando, Product & Technology Incubation, Telkomsat
    • Alvaro Sanchez, CEO, Integrasys
    • James Spicer, Principal Aerospace Engineer, SpaceLink
    • Jenna Tiwana, European Business Development & Partnerships Officer, ispace
    • Nathan Tat, Science and Space Financial Analyst, KBR
    • Dr. Anthony Yuen, Chair, Space Generation Advisory Council

    Full profiles of the 20 Under 35 will be available shortly 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 08, 2022
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    Steve will be honored along with this year’s “20 Under 35” outstanding young professionals at the 17th Annual Future Leaders Celebration on October 12 in Silicon Valley

    (September 13, 2022 – New York City) – Space & Satellite Professionals International (SSPI) today announced that it will present its 2022 Mentor of the Year Award to Steve Bates, Director of Systems Engineering at Maxar. Steve will be honored on October 12 at SSPI’s 17th Annual Future Leaders Celebration for the attention, support, wisdom and guidance he has provided to young professionals and colleagues throughout his 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.

    “SSPI’s Mentors of the Year are quiet heroes,” said executive director Robert Bell. “They are more interested in others than in themselves, and think more about the needs of the future than the accomplishments of the past. Without their persistent contributions to the success of others, our industry would be much poorer. At this time when the urgent need for new talent make headlines, it is especially important to honor theses people who help turn our industry’s potential into achievement.”

    The 2022 Future Leaders Celebration (www.satfuture.com) will take place live on October 12 at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA in conjunction with Silicon Valley Space Week 2022, produced by SatNews publishers. The proceeds of the Celebration go to fund SSPI’s educational, professional development and industry growth initiatives.

     

    The SSPI 2022 Mentor of the Year:

    Steve Bates
    Director of Systems Engineering, Maxar Technologies

    Steve Bates is Director of Systems Engineering at Maxar Technologies, a position he has held since September 2021. In his current role, he is responsible for managing a team of systems engineers and developing the safety roadmap for Maxar. Steve draws on his deep experience in aviation safety from a long and impressive career in the industry to help Maxar ensure that the company meets the demanding safety requirements for a crewed NASA spacecraft as part of the Power and Propulsion Element (PPE) for Gateway, a vital part of NASA’s Artemis program. He is also responsible for preparing Maxar engineers to safely execute new missions as part of the company’s business development strategy.

    Steve began his career in the U.S. Marine Corps where he worked primarily in electronic engineering. He went on to become an Engineering Manager at Boeing, where he led technical groups responsible for integration and architecture development of large networked systems, including developing and implementing Network Security requirements. While working at Boeing, Steve served as the FAA-approved Safety and Airworthiness Manager with complete responsibility for Flight Deck design and requirements on the 737 and 757. In 2013, he was promoted to Senior Network Engineer at Boeing, a position in which he provided guidance on services and modifications for in-flight entertainment and connectivity systems. Steve then joined Panasonic Avionics Corporation in 2014 as Senior Director of Systems Architecture, where he oversaw several technical departments, including Systems Engineering, End-to-End Architecture, Software Architecture, Software Requirements, Simulation/Emulation, Certification and Engineering Technology and Research and Development. Over his long career, Steve has been a named inventor on 34 issued patents and on 41 published applications.

    Throughout his more-than-35-year career, Steve has consistently served as a mentor not only to the engineers but also the leaders around him. Steve is known for his kind, wise and supportive mentoring style as well as his ability to illustrate difficult points with stories to better help new engineers find their footing on challenging projects. He maintains constant coolness under pressure and helps those around him do the same, especially during times of change and instability at work. Steve is also known for his humility and respect for his management and co-workers, as well as his frequent expressions of appreciation for his colleagues’ excellent work and commitment to helping others in the workplace, both on social media and within company communication lines.

    Perhaps Steve’s most important strength as a mentor is his ability to provide important technical knowledge while also explaining it in an accessible way. One of his co-workers at both Panasonic and later Maxar describes Steve as “the first person that I have ever worked with that, in addition to quoting the industry standard, also provided explanation and alternative solutions and guidance.” This co-worker went on to say that she joined Maxar on Steve’s recommendation, and she is one of seven former colleagues whom he has convinced to join the company within the past year. He has made the transition to a new company, particularly during the challenging times of the COVID-19 pandemic, as seamless and pleasant as possible for all of his mentees as well.

    Outside of work, Steve has consistently volunteered his time for industry and community activities. He participated in EuroCAE Working Group 72 as a technical expert in aeronautical system security standards and served as a core leadership member of the Aviation Information Sharing and Analysis Center ISAC for the Department of Homeland Security. Steve has also served on the FAA Aviation Rulemaking Advisory Committee for Aircraft Systems Information Security/Protection and the Radio Technical Commission for Aeronautics Special Committee 216. He gives his time regularly to his community as a girls’ softball coach and basketball scorekeeper and served as a weekly chaperone for a local teen center for several years. Steve is also involved in many local Catholic church activities and has been a volunteer for Special Olympics swimming events.


    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 13, 2022
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    (August 25, 2022 – New York City) – Space & Satellite Professionals International (SSPI) is pleased to announce that it has entered into a strategic partnership with Students...

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    (August 25, 2022 – New York City) – Space & Satellite Professionals International (SSPI) is pleased to announce that it has entered into a strategic partnership with Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS Canada) to connect young industry professionals with space jobs through the International Space Industry Job Board.

    Through this partnership, companies seeking to hire fresh Canadian talent gain direct access to the thousands of members and alumni who have participated in the SEDS programs, while SEDS participants gain easy access to thousands of industry jobs from many of the world’s top employers.

    This partnership helps further establish the value of industry-specific job boards, which offer organizations exposure to fewer but more highly qualified and targeted candidates.

    For inquiries about posting jobs or about partnering with SSPI, please reach out to sspi.careers@silkstart.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.


    About SEDS Canada
    SEDS Canada’s (seds.ca) members and alumni represent the thousands of young professionals who will strengthen and advance Canada’s future in space. SEDS works with post-secondary students to provide unique projects, research programs, and professional development opportunities in the Canadian governmental, industrial, and institutional space sectors.


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

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    (August 3, 2022 – New York City) – SSPI-WISE (SSPI Women in Space Engagement) is pleased to announce the results of its election, which took place over the final week of June.

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    (August 3, 2022 – New York City) – SSPI-WISE (SSPI Women in Space Engagement) is pleased to announce the results of its election, which took place over the final week of June.

    The membership of SSPI-WISE has appointed the following six new women to officer positions:

    • Sílvia Borges, Program Manager, SpaceBridge Inc.
      SSPI-WISE Mentoring Working Group Co-Chair
    • Andrea Maleter, retired, Space Business Booster
      SSPI-WISE Mentoring Working Group Co-Chair
    • Melissa Orlick, Sales & Business Development Manager, Intellian Technologies
      SSPI-WISE Sustainment & Infrastructure Working Group Co-Chair
    • Toni Lee Rudnicki, Founder, TLR Consulting LLC
      SSPI-WISE Networking Working Group Co-Chair
    • Saharnaz Safari, COO and Founder, SpaceRyde
      SSPI-WISE Networking Working Group Co-Chair
    • Manal Tadros, Boeing Satellite Systems Insurance Office Manager, The Boeing Company
      SSPI-WISE Networking Working Group Co-Chair
    • Elisabeth Tweedie, Owner, Definitive Direction
      SSPI-WISE Social Media Working Group Co-Chair

    Continuing to serve as SSPI-WISE officers for a second year are:

    • Debra Facktor, Head of U.S. Space Systems, AIRBUS U.S. Space and Defense, Inc.
      SSPI-WISE Chair
    • Jomya Lei, Satellite Designer, ViaSat
      SSPI-WISE Vice-Chair
    • Alix (Hornig) Wright, Senior Vice President, Marketing Communications, Speedcast
      SSPI-WISE Secretary
    • Negar Feher, Vice President of Business Development, MOMENTUS Space
      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, Senior Vice President, Americas, EtL Systems
      SSPI-WISE Elevating Women Working Group Co-Chair
    • Wendy (Lewis) Newman, Vice President, Marketing & Communications, SpaceLink
      SSPI-WISE Mentoring Working Group Co-Chair
    • Kerstin Roost, Global Account Director, ST Engineering iDirect
      SSPI-WISE Networking Working Group Chair Emeritus
    • Vinitha Lalvani, Marketing Coordinator, AvL Technologies
      SSPI-WISE Social Media Working Group Co-Chair
    • Rosario Toxqui, Director Marketing, Comtech Satellite Network Technologies Corp.
      SSPI-WISE Social Media Working Group Co-Chair
    • Justyna Kosianka, Senior Scientist/Analytics Team Manager, Ursa Space Systems
      SSPI-WISE STEM Outreach Working Group Co-Chair
    • Natalia Larrea Brito, Principal Advisor, Euroconsult
      SSPI-WISE STEM Outreach Working Group Co-Chair
    • Audrey Puderbaugh, Principal Engineer, Space and Ground Systems, Iridium
      SSPI-WISE STEM Outreach Working Group Co-Chair
    • Jennifer Hoil, Director of Product Marketing, ST Engineering iDirect
      SSPI-WISE Sustainment & Infrastructure Working Group Co-Chair

    SSPI-WISE was founded in December 2020, with the goal of engaging women in the space and satellite industry on topics ranging from STEM outreach and mentoring to networking and elevating women.  In this new election cycle, SSPI-WISE created an additional working group of “Sustainability and Infrastructure” and the role of “Chair Emeritus” to ensure that each working group retains institutional memory while cultivating new leaders.

    “Last year we set a goal of building sustainability into the dynamic grassroots energy that launched SSPI-WISE,” said Debra Facktor, returning SSPI-WISE Chair and Head of U.S. Space Systems at AIRBUS U.S. Space & Defense, Inc. “I look forward to collaborating with the incredible SSPI-WISE leadership team to build on our efforts and create a connected community of women across our space and satellite industry.”

    SSPI-WISE membership is open to women who are SSPI members, and has a mailing list option for those who identify as allies of women. Members may serve on working groups including working groups that focus on STEM Outreach, Elevating Women and Social Media. SSPI-WISE holds networking events at various conferences, and bi-monthly meetings that are open to men and women, with informative guest speakers.

    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, 28 July 2022) – Space & Satellite Professionals International (SSPI) today opened nominations for the 2022 Better Satellite World Awards. The winners will be honoured at the Better Satellite World Awards Celebration on 5...

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    (New York City, 28 July 2022) – Space & Satellite Professionals International (SSPI) today opened nominations for the 2022 Better Satellite World Awards. The winners will be honoured at the Better Satellite World Awards Celebration on 5 December. Nominations are due by 16 September 2022.

    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.

    Previous recipients of Better Satellite World Awards include the United Nations’ Crisis Connectivity Charter, SATMED e-health satellite platform delivered by SES, the Bidi Bidi project in sub-Saharan Africa of Avanti Communications, and Speedcast’s support for Peru’s Willka Yachay nonprofit, among many others.

    “For the first time since COVID the awards ceremony will return live to London, thanks to our UK Chapter,” said SSPI Director of Innovation Lou Zacharilla, who will emcee the event. “We are excited about this and equally excited that after many years of creating a global awareness of the good that satellites accomplish, almost by their very nature, companies and organizations have the concept of a ‘better satellite world’ embedded in their mission statement. This year's nominees will be incredibly inspiring given the growth of our industry.”

    Nomination forms are available on SSPI’s website.


    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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    (July 14, 2022 – New York City) – Space & Satellite Professionals International (SSPI) today released

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    (July 14, 2022 – New York City) – Space & Satellite Professionals International (SSPI) today released Nature’s Internet, its newest Better Satellite World video. It tells the story of how satellite data helps protect the natural world from human impact and people from the many dangers of the natural world. Nature’s Internet is made possible by funding from Iridium Communications, Inc.

    The video explains that the beauty of nature can quickly turn dangerous, and the way we live on planet Earth keeps raising the risks. Our planet is vulnerable in ways we never imagined a few decades ago, and satellite has answers.

    In the fight to protect endangered species, animal tracking collars send signals into space that help us fight poaching and learn more about the unique needs of each species. Out to sea, autonomous vessels gather weather data, identify illegal fishing and watch for signs of climate change. The information they gain is vital to science, to the environment and our safety. Autonomous underwater vehicles monitor the health of the oceans, map the sea floor and search for wreckage. Deep in forests, sensors monitor weather and soil for conditions that lead to wildfires. We avoid catastrophe much of the time thanks to this data transmitting warnings from orbiting satellites.

    “The invisible but indispensable infrastructure of the satellite industry makes possible thousands of different applications that make our world better,” said executive director Robert Bell. “Working with Iridium, we were able to focus on satellite data transmission applications that help preserve nature from human-caused climate change, while shielding us from nature’s biggest dangers.”

    You can watch Nature’s Internet 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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    (July 14, 2022 – New York City) – After an election by the membership, the Board of Directors of Space & Satellite Professionals International (SSPI) welcomes two new Directors...

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    (July 14, 2022 – New York City) – After an election by the membership, the Board of Directors of Space & Satellite Professionals International (SSPI) welcomes two new Directors for three-year terms beginning July 1:

    • Andre Jones, Vice President, Kratos Defense and Security Solutions
    • Christodoulos Protopapas, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Hellas Sat

    The Board has also appointed SpaceX Director of Commercial Launch Sales Robert Carlisle to complete the term of Jonathan Hofeller, Vice President of Starlink and Commercial Sales at SpaceX.

    “The latest election confirms our Board’s determination to increase the diversity of its membership and continue expanding its geographic and sector coverage,” said executive director Robert Bell.  “I am grateful to Nicole Robinson of Ursa Space Systems for her two years of service as President and Chair of our Board and am especially glad that we get to retain her as a Director for the next three years.  Appointed by the Board to succeed her is Katherine Gizinski of ManSat, who has already demonstrated a strong, clear and collaborative approach to leadership as our President over the past fiscal year.

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

    • Julie Bettinger, Vice President, Corporate Marketing & Communications, ST Engineering iDirect
    • Josef Bogosian, Vice President, Global Sales & Marketing, Commercial Satellites, Boeing
    • Jonathan Crawford, President & Chief Executive Officer, The SPACECONNECTION
    • Negar Feher, Vice President, Business Development, Momentus
    • Tony Gingiss, Chief Operating Officer, Virgin Orbit
    • Katherine Gizinski (Chair), Chief Executive Officer, ManSat
    • James Hinds, Chief Executive Officer, Airbus OneWeb Satellites
    • Aaron Lewis, Vice President, Corporate Communications & Government Relations, Arianespace, Inc.
    • Sharyn Nerenberg (Treasurer), Vice President, Corporate Communications, Hughes Network Systems
    • Marie-Pierre Pluvinage, Director, Business Development, Connected Intelligence, Airbus US Space & Defense
    • Nicole Robinson, President, Ursa Space Systems
    • Mike Safyan, Vice President of Launch, Planet
    • Dr. Walter Scott, Executive Vice President & Chief Technology Officer, Maxar
    • James Trevelyan, Senior Vice President, Global Sales, Enterprise, Speedcast
    • Jeremy Turpin, Chief Technology Officer and Co-Founder, Isotropic Systems
    • Mark Witsaman, Vice President, Product Engineering, Globalstar
    • Elias Zaccack, Executive Vice President, Global Sales, SES

    Elizabeth Evans of K&L Gates serves as General Council.


    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 22, 2022 – New York City) – Space and Satellite Professionals International (SSPI) today announced the promotion of Tamara Bond-Williams to Director of Engagement. Tamara...

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    (June 22, 2022 – New York City) – Space and Satellite Professionals International (SSPI) today announced the promotion of Tamara Bond-Williams to Director of Engagement. Tamara previously served as SSPI’s Membership Director since 2001. Over the course of 21 years of service to SSPI’s members, her role and responsibilities have expanded to meet the changing needs of the association.

    In the last 4 years, SSPI has introduced Corporate Membership and Corporate Partnership, which provide a dynamic set of benefits and opportunities that can be leveraged by companies and their employees. Additionally, in 2022, SSPI introduced the concept of a multi-platform campaign, which allows a concentrated content focus on a particular topic to be leveraged by companies. In both cases, the level of engagement support needed by companies to make the most of their opportunities is high and demands a comprehensive approach to developing and sustaining that engagement.

    The same is true of other new SSPI initiatives. The Space Business Qualified online training course, developed in partnership with GVF and SatProf, delivers a 360-degree view of the industry to new hires and newly-promoted employees. Aside from its benefit to individuals, it fills a gap in the training content available to human resource departments and requires a deeper engagement with HR professionals in our industry. A new SSPI Job Board and International Space Directory program will further expand the organizations and individuals that SSPI must serve effectively.  

    In reflecting on her new role, Tamara said, “I’m excited about this next chapter of my work with SSPI, and particularly wish to thank SSPI-WISE, our women’s group, for inspiring me to rethink how best to meet these responsibilities. SSPI-WISE’s work in attracting women to the industry, and of mentoring, elevating and connecting women within the industry is another aspect of engagement which I hope to build upon, because I have directly benefited myself.”

    “Tamara has seen SSPI through multiple transitions in our mission over the years,” said executive director Robert Bell. “All our current programs, events and member benefits bear her mark, and engagement has been at the center of them. She has grown to meet each new challenge and taking overall responsibility for the many different ways we now engage with the industry is a natural next step.”


    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, June 2, 2022) – Space & Satellite Professionals International (SSPI) today opened nominations for the

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    (New York City, June 2, 2022) – Space & Satellite Professionals International (SSPI) today opened nominations for the “20 Under 35” cohort of 2022. The “20 Under 35” will be honored at the annual Future Leaders Celebration in October during Satellite Innovation 2022 and just before MilSat Symposium, both produced by SatNews publishers. Nominations are due by July 18, 2022.

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

    The “20 Under 35” are selected by a panel of judges based on scoring of nomination forms. SSPI will unveil the list in September. At the Future Leaders Celebration, SSPI will honor the “20 Under 35” and present the three top-scoring honorees with its Promise Award in recognition of their potential to advance into leadership roles in the industry. On the same evening, SSPI will also honor its Mentor of the Year: a space and satellite executive who has devoted time and energy to fostering the next generation of industry employees and entrepreneurs.

    “The 20 Under 35 cohorts are an amazing cross-section of the talent that is driving our industry to new heights,” said executive director Robert Bell. “They are employees and entrepreneurs, engineers and analysts, scientists and business development executives – all the many disciplines critical to success. With this year’s selection, SSPI will have focused the industry’s attention on 120 of its brightest lights.”

    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

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    (September 28, 2022 – New York City) – Space & Satellite Professionals International (SSPI) is pleased to announce that it has entered...

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    (September 28, 2022 – New York City) – Space & Satellite Professionals International (SSPI) is pleased to announce that it has entered into a strategic partnership with Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS-USA) to connect young industry professionals with space jobs through the International Space Industry Job Board.

    Through this partnership, companies seeking to hire new American talent gain direct access to the thousands of members and alumni who have participated in the SEDS programs, while SEDS participants gain easy access to thousands of industry jobs from many of the world’s top employers.

    This partnership helps further establish the value of industry specific job boards, which offer organizations exposure to fewer but more highly qualified and targeted candidates.

    For inquiries about posting jobs or about partnering with SSPI, please reach out to sspi.careers@silkstart.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.


    About SEDS-USA
    SEDS-USA’s (seds.org) members and alumni represent the tens of thousands of young professionals who will strengthen and advance America’s future in space. SEDS works with post-secondary students to provide unique projects, research programs, and professional development opportunities to foster the next generation of leaders and contributors to the expanding space industry.


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

     September 28, 2022
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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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    (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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    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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    (April 5, 2022 – New York City) – Space & Satellite Professionals International (SSPI) today released

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

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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