SpaceLink has added three top space industry executives to its team who will bring deep expertise in finance, program management, and the U.S. 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. Mr. 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 U.S. Air Force.
Erik Levine is now Vice President, Space Segment Program 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.
“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,” said David Bettinger, Chief Executive Officer at SpaceLink. “Alan, Jim and Erik each bring the background and experience we need to drive our business forward in response to the demand for fast and continuous communications to and from near Earth orbit.”
The SpaceLink relay network is designed to pick up where the U.S. 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 EO companies, commercial space stations, satellite servicers and tugs, and meets requirements for the U.S. government and close allies that need to leverage industry solutions to maximize capabilities.
SpaceLink continues to build its team and is recruiting satellite and network engineering talent, as well as experts in ground infrastructure, RF and optical terminals, and a range of business functions. For information on positions available visit https://www.eosspacelink.com/careers/.