is Proud to Announce Curt Blake has been Nominated for Via Satellite’s 2018 Satellite Executive of the Year Award
and Connectivity Professionals can vote to help Curt Blake win the industry’s
most prestigious annual award, The Satellite Executive of the Year.
April 19, 2019, Seattle – Spaceflight, the leading satellite rideshare
and mission management provider, announces Curt Blake, president and CEO,has been nominated for the most
prestigious award in the satellite and connectivity industry, Via
Satellite’s2018 Satellite Executive of the Year Award.
The nominees are chosen for durable contributions made to the global
satellite market including innovative technologies, best practices, important
services, or any combination of these. Likewise, it recognizes lasting
contributions of their achievements.
In 2015, Blake recognized the increasing
demand for access to space from the growing smallsat industry and
conceptualized a solution: purchase an entire launch vehicle dedicated to
smallsats. Later that year, Spaceflight purchased a SpaceX Falcon 9 and in
December of 2018, under Blake’s leadership, the Spaceflight team executed the
successful launch of the company’s first-ever dedicated rideshare mission,
SSO-A. The record-breaking launch carried 64 smallsats, the largest number of
satellites launched from a U.S.-based rocket to space, from 34 organizations
from 17 different countries. This mission was the first of its kind and
required innovative engineering to integrate and deploy the large number of
satellites, as well as incredible organization and management of each
organizations’ and spacecrafts’ individual needs for launch.
The winner of the 2018 Satellite Executive of
the Year will be determined by a combination of the Via Satellite editorial team, including Editorial Director, Mark Holmes, and votes that come
directly from industry. The public can vote for Blake online,
or onsite at the SATELLITE 2019
event, which takes place May 6-9 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center
in Washington, D.C. There will be
stations for attendees to vote at the Via
Satellite booth (#543 on the show floor).
“Many visionaries who have shaped the industry
are recipients of this award and I am honored to be a finalist,” said Blake.
“Spaceflight had a momentous year in 2018, especially with the successful
execution of our first-ever dedicated rideshare mission, SSO-A. During the
year, we also launched nearly 100 satellites across four missions, expanded our
launch vehicle portfolio and signed important customers. None of these
accomplishments would be possible without our incredible team. I’m proud of
everything we’ve been able to achieve.”
“The honoree for the 2018 Satellite Executive
of the Year will join the ranks of the best of the best. Gwynne Shotwell,
President and COO of SpaceX was honored in 2017, Stéphane Israël, CEO of
Arianespace was honored in 2016, and the 2015 honoree was Michel de Rosen, CEO
of Eutelsat. We’re looking forward to welcoming
another notable satellite industry leader to this already impressive group,”
said Mark Holmes.
Voting closes at noon ET on Tuesday, May 7th.
The winner will be announced at a special Awards Luncheon, sponsored by
Peraton, at SATELLITE 2019 on Wednesday, May 8, 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Tickets for the Awards Luncheon can be
purchased through SATELLITE 2019 registration.
SATELLITE 2019 will take place at the Walter E. Washington Convention
Center, located at 801 Mt Vernon Pl NW, Washington, D.C. 20001.
For more information on the award, or to vote
for Curt Blake, please visit https://www.viasatellite.com/vote
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connectivity, the SATELLITE Conference and Exhibition will take place on May
6-9, 2019 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington D.C.