The Future Space Economy is, at its core, a massive infrastructure building project consisting of spaceports, rockets, satellites, and advanced spacecraft. These elements create the physical framework to support advanced space applications. In this episode, we’ll talk to the people who are building and investing in this new infrastructure about their plans for the future, as well as their greatest needs and challenges in completing their mission. We’ll also discuss mission planning, extending infrastructure on Earth and beyond Earth’s orbit, and the critical role that advanced computing and telecommunications will play in the building process.

60-minute webinar
Jeffrey Hill
Executive Editor, Via Satellite
Carol Craig
Founder & CEO, Sidus Space
Ms. Carol Craig, the CEO of Sidus Space Inc. (NASDAQ: SIDU) made history as the first female founder and owner of a space-based company to go public. On December 14, 2021 Sidus Space was listed on Nasdaq for the Initial Public Offering (IPO).

Carol’s story, leading her to where she is today is truly unique. Before becoming a self-described “astropreneur,” Carol was one of the first women eligible to fly combat aircraft in the U.S. Navy and the first female aviator in her squadron serving as an active-duty P-3C Orion Naval Flight Officer. In this position, she was responsible for all tactical communication and navigation aboard combat aircraft. An engineer by trade, Carol provided software design and development for military aircraft cockpit systems preceding her Naval service and instruction of flight planning software for the U.S. Navy Strike Fighter Weapons School post service.

Prior to her role as Sidus Space Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Carol Craig built her namesake firm, Craig Technologies, into an aerospace and defense contracting company recognized throughout the U.S. government. Craig Technologies offers engineering and technical solutions to include Software Design/Development, Systems Engineering, Multidisciplinary Engineering, Training and Courseware Development, Modeling & Simulation, IT Support, and Integrated Logistics Support.

Sidus Space has a mission of Bringing Space Down to Earth™ and a vision of enabling space flight heritage status for new technologies while delivering data and predictive analytics to domestic and global customers. Sidus Space is backed by proven experience in the design, development, and commercialization of new and innovative space technologies and services through aerospace and defense partnerships and collaborations serving both government and commercial space industries. Sidus Space has a broad range of Space-As-a-Service offerings including space-rated hardware manufacturing, design engineering, satellite manufacturing and platform development, launch and support services, data analytics services and satellite constellation management.

Carol and her husband, CAPT John W. Craig, USN (RET), a former F/A-18 pilot who now flies for JetBlue Airways, have two children. In response to her son’s diagnosis with Prader-Willi Syndrome in 2001, Carol is Founder of the Danny Craig Foundation, aiming to raise and administer funds for multiple organizations that focus on researching children’s medical disorders.
Sohrab Haghighat
Co-Founder & CEO, SpaceRyde
Sohrab is the Founder, and CEO of SpaceRyde. SpaceRyde is building the first network of rockets between the Earth and the Moon, to allow on-demand delivery of cargo in space. With this network of rockets, SpaceRyde will be increasing the speed of space innovation by 50x, to match the speed of innovation on the Earth. Space will no longer be slow, thanks to SpaceRyde’s rocket network.

Sohrab is a serial entrepreneur and has started several businesses since his youth. Prior to founding SpaceRyde, Sohrab was developing cutting-edge technologies including self-driving cars (Cruise), self-driving trains (Mitsubishi Electric), and aircraft landing gear (Safran Landing Systems). Sohrab has a PhD in Aerospace Engineering and has published 13 patents.
Mina Mitry
Co-Founder & CEO, Kepler
Mina Mitry is Co-Founder and CEO of Kepler Communications, a company building the Internet for space to simplify access to space-generated data. Kepler is a vertically integrated satellite operator, designing, building, and operating a network of over 19 satellites on orbit. Kepler's recently announced next-generation constellation will relay traffic for customers in space, connecting satellites to each other or to the ground in real-time. Under Mina’s leadership, Kepler has grown to the largest Canadian satellite operator and was named one of the most innovative space companies in the world by Fast Company.

Prior to Kepler, Mina commercialized his research work on numerical methods and machine learning at a major aircraft engine manufacturer.  
Sita Sonty
Partner and Associate Director, BCG
Sita Sonty is Partner and Associate Director in the Aerospace and Defense and Public Sector practices of The Boston Consulting Group (BCG). She held senior roles as a former U.S. diplomat and aerospace executive.

Sita’s experience at BCG includes:

• Designed Strategic Framework for Space for Middle East nation
• Space technology roadmap for major Agriculture corporation
• Corporate strategy and acquisition for leading satellite operator
• Business case and strategic plan for two global commercial space ports
• Growth strategy and new product development for major aerospace company
• Due diligence for multiple companies across space value chain
• Product portfolio design for international division of Fortune 100 aerospace company

Sita made history as the Head of Human Spaceflight Sales at SpaceX, where she executed the first private spaceflight sales on the Crew Dragon on a Lower Earth Orbit Free Flyer and to the International Space Station. She concurrently guided global market strategy for Starlink's expansion as the next generation telecommunications market offering, negotiating deals with telcos and developing market entry strategy.

As Vice President for International Business with the Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC), Sita directed Business Review Teams on international defense and space sales pursuits, including capture management, risk mitigation, legal, tax, finance, supply chain, engineering, and product design.

A Director for National Security, Sita led Raytheon's corporate engagement with U.S. Executive Branch agencies and ensured the corporation's compliance with legal, regulatory, and policy frameworks for multiple governments. She also led growth as Country Lead for Raytheon in Israel.

Sita amassed over seventeen years of service as a career U.S. diplomat. She led the International Security Advisory Board bringing A&D companies' strategic recommendations to Secretary Kerry; she also served as Chief of Staff for Legislative Affairs and Senior Advisor for Defense Sales to South and Central Asia. Her overseas posts include Croatia, Libya, Syria, Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq (2004), and Egypt.

She graduated with distinction from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies; studied at Jussieu in Paris (1998) and the Centre des Etudes Maghrebienne en Tunisie (CEMAT) (2001); and graduated magna cum laude from Amherst College in Political Science and Economics. Her native tongue is Telugu; she also speaks Hindi, French, Arabic, Croatian, and Urdu. Sita serves as Executive Board Member for Women in Aerospace, The Johns Hopkins University President's Alumni Council, and the Washington Leadership Program.
Jeremy Schiel
Co-Founder and Chief Development Officer, Orbit Fab
Jeremy Schiel is the Co-Founder and Chief Development Officer at Orbit Fab and a leading entrepreneur in the growing in-space economy.

As a forward-thinking international business professional, Mr. Schiel is working on expanding the final frontier with the Orbit Fab team by building the network of propellant drops. This necessary propellant supply chain will unlock the potential of the in-space economy. He sits on the executive committee of CONFERS, a DARPA-funded consortium of 60+ domestic and international companies working to establish best practices and standards for satellite servicing. Only by pushing the boundaries can we take humanity to the stars!
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