SpaceLink, a company that is building an information superhighway for the space economy, has announced that it has added three top space industry executives to its team. They bring deep expertise in finance, programme management, and the US government intelligence community, to drive forward the relay service that provides secure, continuous, high-capacity communications between LEO spacecraft and the ground.
The company named Alan Khalili as Chief Financial Officer. Khalili brings experience from mobile satellite services provider Iridium and he helped found Aireon, a company that leveraged hosted payloads to provide a global air traffic surveillance system. Jim Schwenke joined the team as Vice President, Intelligence Community, bringing experience from BAE Systems, Leidos, Northrop Grumman and the US Air Force. Erik Levine is now Vice President, Space Segment Programme Management. He spent much of his previous career at satellite manufacturer Space Systems Loral and more recently he was a senior program manager for robotic-assisted surgery company, Intuitive.
David Bettinger, Chief Executive Officer at SpaceLink, said: “As the pace of growth at SpaceLink accelerates, we continue to attract the industry’s top professionals who are inspired by our business strategy and the opportunity to contribute to our game-changing data relay service.”
The SpaceLink relay network is designed to pick up where the US Tracking and Data Relay Satellite System (TDRSS) leaves off, and go beyond with unprecedented capacity that leverages today’s technology advances. It helps close the business case for Earth observation companies, commercial space stations, satellite servicers and tugs, and meets requirements for the US government and close allies that need to leverage industry solutions to maximize capabilities.