Meet Kristina Hloptsidis, a key member of our corporate legal department!
Q: What do you do for Spaceflight?
A: I work in the corporate legal department doing everything from contract negotiation and creation to domestic and international regulatory matters, export compliance and licensing. I’ve even dabbled into mission management a few times. That’s the great thing about working here, if you want it, you get the opportunity to work on a variety of projects and learn different aspects of the business.
Q: What interests you about space?
A: There is so much we don’t know – and so much for us to know. I love physics, and its constant progression, combined with the rapid development of technology, especially in the space sector. I want to be in a front row seat when new discoveries come in.
Q: What is your favorite thing to do when you’re not working?
A: Spending time with my family and friends is the most important to me. I love to travel, and enjoy physical fitness, either at the gym or running around outside exploring Seattle. I really enjoy re-modeling and working on houses. In this industry, you can work on projects for years before you see the end result. There is nothing more satisfying than knocking out a wall with a sledgehammer or ripping out carpet and getting immediate results for hard work.
Q: Star Wars, Star Trek or The Martian?
A: The shirt should say it all!
Q: If you were to mentor someone who wanted to do what you do, what advice would you give them?
A: Take pride in your work and always be accountable for what you are doing. If you mess something up, take responsibility and find a solution. It isn’t always easy or appreciated, but I promise you one day it’ll pay off.
Q: Would you interested in going to space someday?
A: I’m more of an earth gal, but I won’t rule it out.
Q: What’s one thing that most people at Spaceflight don’t know about you?
A: I used to be really into the music industry. Before Spaceflight, I used to manage a division of a DJ company and would moonlight as an event DJ. I even have some album credits floating around out there… a brave friend of mine once let me sing on a record in studio. I got cut from the final version (which should come as no surprise to anyone if you’ve heard me sing Happy Birthday).