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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.


    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 Doerksen of Planet, Sydney...

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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 of outstanding young space and...

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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...

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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 Women in Space Engagement) has appointed...

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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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    (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...

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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

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    (June 14, 2021 – New York City) – At its May meeting, the Board of Directors of Space & Satellite Professionals International (SSPI) appointed Nicole Robinson, President of Ursa Space Systems, as Chair and Katherine Gizinski, CEO of Mansat, as President. They...

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    (June 14, 2021 – New York City) – At its May meeting, the Board of Directors of Space & Satellite Professionals International (SSPI) appointed Nicole Robinson, President of Ursa Space Systems, as Chair and Katherine Gizinski, CEO of Mansat, as President. They are joined by eight new Directors elected by the membership for three-year terms beginning July 1, including:

    • Julie Bettinger, Vice President, Corporate Marketing & Communications, ST Engineering iDirect
    • Josef Bogosian, Vice President, Global Sales & Marketing, Commercial Satellites, Boeing
    • Negar Feher, Vice President, Product and Business Development, Momentus
    • James Hinds, CEO, Airbus OneWeb Satellites
    • Marie-Pierre Pluvinage, Director, Business Development, Connected Intelligence, Airbus US Space & Defense
    • James Trevelyan, Senior Vice President, Enterprise and Emerging Markets, Speedcast
    • Mark Witsaman, Vice President, Product Engineering, Globalstar
    • Elias Zaccack, Executive Vice President, Global Sales, SES

    “SSPI is grateful to outgoing Chair Thomas Van Den Driessche, President and CCO of ST Engineering iDirect, for his service on the Board and in its leadership,” said executive director Robert Bell. “One of his priorities was to expand representation on our Board into the many exciting new sectors of the industry, from LEO constellations and space data analytics to flat-panel antennas and on-orbit servicing. We have accomplished that goal, as well as making a major improvement in the gender balance of the Board. This outstanding group of executives will ensure that our content and programs keep pace with this fast-changing industry.”

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

    • Michael Antonovich, Vice President, International Sales and Business Development, DataPath
    • Jonathan Crawford, President & CEO, The SPACECONNECTION
    • Tony Gingiss, COO, Virgin Orbit
    • Katherine Gizinski, CEO, Mansat (President)
    • Jonathan Hofeller, Vice-President of Starlink and Commercial Sales, SpaceX
    • Aaron Lewis, Vice President, Corporate Communications & Government Relations, Arianespace, Inc.
    • Sharyn Nerenberg, Senior Director, Corporate Communications, Hughes Network Systems (Treasurer)
    • Reza Rasoulian, Executive Advisor, Carnival Cruise Lines
    • Nicole Robinson, President, Ursa Space Systems (Chair)
    • Mike Safyan, Vice President of Launch, Planet
    • Dr. Walter Scott, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Maxar
    • Billie Sims, Vice President, Sales & Business Development, Government Programs, Hunter Communications (Secretary)
    • Jeremy Turpin, CTO and Co-Founder, Isotropic Systems

    Elizabeth Evans of Reed Smith LLP serves as General Council. You can learn more about SSPI’s newest Board members here: www.sspi.org/cpages/sspi-board-of-directors-new-members.


    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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    (May 20, 2021 – New York City) – Space & Satellite Professionals International (SSPI) today released Footing the...

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    (May 20, 2021 – New York City) – Space & Satellite Professionals International (SSPI) today released Footing the Climate Bill for the World, its newest Better Satellite World video. It tells the story of the Norwegian government’s partnership with Planet, Airbus and KSAT to use satellite imagery to detect and help prevent illegal deforestation around the world. Footing the Climate Bill for the World is made possible by funding from Planet.

    Stopping deforestation is hard. The poor people most affected by it have little power to change things. Much of it breaks national laws, but overstretched governments struggle to stop it. The government of Norway is the first in the world to fund programs that help tropical nations rein in deforestation. A grant to Brazil in 2008 helped preserve enough forest to keep 3 billion tons of carbon out of the air. A 2010 agreement with Indonesia offered incentive payments for reducing emissions – and that nation’s carbon output dropped by half in just a few years. In 2020, Norway took another step. It announced a first-of-its-kind public-private partnership with Planet, Airbus and KSAT. Together, they would provide access to detailed satellite imagery covering 64 countries – all for free.

    Planet operates a vast fleet of small satellites called Doves. They take pictures of all the Earth’s landmass every day. Those pictures are detailed enough to reveal individual trees. Airbus is adding an archive of images captured by its Spot satellites since 2002. These allow today’s forests to be compared to those from years ago. The Norwegian company KSAT is pulling together all this data and providing technical support to users, who can view and download the files from Global Forest Watch or Planet.

    “We are grateful to Planet for helping us tell this remarkable story,” said SSPI executive director Robert Bell. “At a time when the impact of climate change grows greater every year, this kind of public-private partnership offers hope for the future. The story is especially inspiring because, as we learned in producing the video, it was a quest for better data on the environment that prompted the founding of Planet.”

    You can watch Footing the Climate Bill for the World on SSPI’s website and on Youtube.

     

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

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

     

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

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    (New York City, May 13, 2021) – Space & Satellite Professionals International (SSPI) today opened nominations for the

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    (New York City, May 13, 2021) – Space & Satellite Professionals International (SSPI) today opened nominations for the “20 Under 35” cohort of 2021. The “20 Under 35” will be honored at the annual Future Leaders Celebration in October during Satellite Innovation 2021. Nominations are due by July 9, 2021.

    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. At the Future Leaders Celebration, SSPI will unveil the list of 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.

    “SSPI has been honoring emerging leaders of this industry and the mentors who guide them since 2006,” said executive director Robert Bell. “The current president of SSPI’s Board, Nicole Robinson, was honored in 2012. She is now CEO of Ursa Space, an industry-leading innovator in space data analytics that was founded by a 2011 honoree, Adam Maher. Data scientist Zack Downey of Ursa Space is a 2018 honoree. So, when it comes to spotting talent, I’d say our judges are doing quite a job.”

    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 Associate
    Space & Satellite Professionals International
    vkrisman@sspi.org

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    (March 30, 2021 – New York City) – Space & Satellite Professionals International (SSPI) today released A Promise Kept, its newest Better Satellite...

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

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

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

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

    A Promise Kept debuted at SSPI’s 2021 Space & Satellite Hall of Fame Celebration on March 23. You can watch it now on SSPI’s website and on Youtube.


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

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


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

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    (New York City, March 17, 2021) – Space & Satellite Professionals International (SSPI) today announced that James...

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

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

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

    Continuing to serve on the SSPI Board of Directors are:

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

     

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

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

     

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

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    (April 20, 2021 – New York City) – Space & Satellite Professionals International (SSPI) today released

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

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

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

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

    You can watch A Better Future for the Last of the Incans on SSPI’s website and on Youtube.
     

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

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

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

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    (New York City, December 22, 2020) – Space & Satellite Professionals International (SSPI) today opened nominations for the 20th...

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

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

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

    Nomination forms may be found on SSPI’s website.


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

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

     

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

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

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

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

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

    The 2020 Better Satellite World Award Recipients:

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

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

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

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

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

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


    Honourable Mentions:

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

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

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

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

     

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

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

     

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    For more details visit the SSPI Canada chapter page.


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

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

     

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