The person who knows both sides: current Director of International Business Development, Firefly Aerospace and prior business development representative for the Yuzhnoye Design Office in the United States. Authored NASA certification plans and requirements. Was the one among the NASA experts who made audit for Space X.
Prior to co-founding Firefly, Tom served in a variety of technical and leadership roles in new-space companies: Vice President of Propulsion at Virgin Galactic, Senior Systems Engineer at Blue Origin, Director of the Texas Test Site and Principal Propulsion Engineer at SpaceX. Prior to his new-space work, Tom was a civil servant at NASA and the USAF, where he worked as research scientist and propulsion engineer. He holds a Ph.D. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Princeton University.
Former astronaut with the National Space Agency of Ukraine, Dr. Yaroslav “Yarko" Pustovyi was trained by NASA and served as a Backup Payload Specialist for the STS-87 Space Shuttle Columbia mission in 1997. Since 2003, Yarko is actively involved in the commercial spaceflight industry through a variety of entrepreneurial, consulting, educational and other endeavors, including X-Prize entrant Canadian Arrow, Canadian Space Commerce Association, Nova Scotia based spaceport project Maritime Launch Services as well as Canadian space transportation developer SpaceHorizon.
Karl Baker, President and Founder of Summit Space Corporation, leads technical finance diligence for multi-billion-dollar commercial space projects. As a commercial satellite expert he works directly for the world’s largest investment banks on the world’s largest commercial space programs.
For over 30 years, Karl has helped companies grow with leadership positions in management, business development, sales and technical roles. He has deep technical expertise with large Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite constellation systems.
In the past Karl led technical teams that successfully resolved many of the industry's most difficult spacecraft anomalies. He also established a successful record leading teams providing technical expert support for major space related litigation/arbitration cases.
Karl helped develop and built, as program manager, many early commercial satellite deployable radiators. He has three energy conversion related patents and was NASA Inventor of the year in 1992.
With a practice spanning more than 15 years in the sphere of corporate law, Yuriy now concentrates on space industry and space law in particular. However Yuriy’s passions stem from his entrepreneurial endeavors to change current Ukrainian regulation of the space industry. Being impressed by NewSpace movement he has learned the best experience in the sphere and developed several propositions to be implemented in the existing legislation.