Via Satellite Annual Awards
Every year Via Satellite, the most trusted news source for the global satellite and space communities, recognizes excellence in the industry with the Satellite Executive of the Year and Satellite Technology of the Year awards.
Since 1988, the Satellite Executive of the Year has been the most prestigious award in the industry. The winners are chosen based on their contributions to the global satellite markets, technologies, business practices, services, innovations, advocacy, or any combination of the aforementioned.
Nominations for Satellite Executive of the Year 2023 are now open through December 22, 2023. Click here to submit your nomination!
The Satellite Technology of the Year award recognizes a technology breakthrough that has reshaped the way the satellite and connectivity industry works now and for years to come. Technologies are evaluated on their ability to meet significant market demand; create considerable cost-savings or technical efficiencies; make a profit; improve quality of life; disrupt the market; and/or demonstrate a scientific breakthrough.
Nominations for Satellite Technology of the Year 2023 are now open through December 22, 2023. Click here to submit your nomination!
Past Winners of Satellite Executive of the Year
2022 – Melanie Stricklan, Slingshot Aerospace
Melanie Stricklan, CEO of Slingshot Aerospace, is a leading voice on coordination and space traffic management as co-founder and CEO of Slingshot Aerospace, a space situational awareness provider. Stricklan has led the company through a period of rapid expansion since taking on the role of CEO in February 2021. See our interview with Stricklan here.
2021 – Tina Ghataore, Mynaric
Tina Ghataore, Mynaric’s CCO and president of the company’s U.S. division, won the 2021 Satellite Executive of the Year award on the back of Mynaric’s impressive deal flow. Ghataore quickly signed on a host of government and commercial customers during one of the most challenging times for the industry. See Via Satellite‘s conversation with Tina here.
2020 – Gwynne Shotwell, Space X
Now a two-time winner of Via Satellite’s Executive of the Year award, Shotwell is widely admired in the industry for her dedication and leadership. She first won the award in 2017 for leading SpaceX through industry-changing milestones in rocket reusability. See Via Satellite‘s conversation with Gwynne here.
2019 – Steve Collar, SES
Steve Collar, CEO of SES, was named our Satellite Executive of the Year for 2019. Collar has been integral in the rejuvenation of SES and 2019 was a banner year for the company, included a ground-breaking deal with Microsoft, and much more. Learn more about the 2019 Satellite Executive of the Year winner here.
2018 – Matt Desch, Iridium
Matt Desch was Via Satellite‘s first two-time winner of the Satellite Executive of the Year (SEOTY) Award. The CEO of Iridium has overseen one of the most dramatic re-inventions that a satellite company has ever seen. Read about Desch’s reaction to his second win and his work at Iridium here.
2017 – Gwynne Shotwell, SpaceX
Gwynne Shotwell won the 30th Satellite Executive of the Year award. She is one of the most admired and respected executives in our industry, and an inspiration for young women around the world. When it came to selecting our 30th Satellite Executive of the Year, there was really only one choice . Read her conversation with Via Satellite here.
2016 – Stéphane Israël, Arianespace
When Stéphane Israël took over the reins of Arianespace in 2013, it was at a time when the company was facing unprecedented competition in the launch services market. As the winner in 2016, he talks to Via Satellite about a rollercoaster four years, and how the company has managed to maintain such a strong leadership position in this competitive market. Read the conversation here.
2015 – Michel de Rosen, Eutelsat
2014 – Dan Berkenstock, Skybox Imaging
2013 – Eng. Khalid Ahmed Balkheyour, ARABSAT
2012 – Thomas Choi, Asia Broadcast Satellite
2011 – Matt Desch, Iridium
2010 – Petra Mateos-Aparicio, HISPASAT
2009 – Peter Shaper, CapRock Communications
2008 – Pradman Kaul, Hughes Communications, Inc. Hughes Network Systems, LLC
2007 – Kengi Chen, Inmarsat; Kalpack Gude, Intelsat; John Lothian, SES
2006 – C. Patrick DeWitt, Space Systems/Loral
2005 – Jean-Yves Le Gall, Arianespace
2004 – John M. Kealy, iDirect Techologies
2003 – Mark Dankberg, ViaSat, Inc.
2002 – Hugh Panero, XM Satellite Radio
2001 – Romain Bausch, SES GLOBAL
2000 – Giuliano Berretta, EUTELSAT
1999 – John Connelly, GE American Communications, Inc.
1998 – Jean-Claude Husson, Alcatel Space
1997 – Robert Kinzie, Iridium LLC
1996 – Bernard Schwartz, Loral Space and Communications
1995 – Steve Dorfman, Hughes Space and Communications
1994 – Eddy Hartenstein, DIRECTV; Joseph Clayton, Thomson Consumer Electronics; Robert and Stanley Hubbard, USSB
1993 – Charles Bigot, Arianespace
1992 – Irving Goldstein, INTELSAT
1991 – Richard Thomas, COMSAT RSI
1990 – David Thompson, Orbital Sciences Corporation
1989 – Steve Petrucci, Hughes Communications, Inc.
1988 – Rene Anselmo, PanAmSat
Past Winners of Satellite Technology of the Year
2022 – Apple – iPhone 14 Emergency Messaging Service via Satellite
With the iPhone 14, Apple brought life-saving emergency text messaging to the world’s most popular handheld device, via satellite. Apple’s SOS service and deal with Globalstar created a huge buzz in the industry, as one of the world’s largest companies is now working with the satellite sector. Read the interview Apple executive Michael Trela here.
2021 – Astroscale – ELSA-d Mission
Astroscale, which won for its End-of-Life Services by Astroscale-Demonstration (ELSA-d) mission, is a new generation of space company that is tackling one of the industry’s biggest issues — space debris. Read the latest on the ELSA-d mission, his vision for the company in the 2020s, and what the industry needs to do to ensure space stays a safe environment here.
2020 – Northrop Grumman – Mission Extension Vehicle-1 (MEV-1)
In the space of 14 months, Northrop Grumman has made in-orbit satellite servicing a commercial reality, and not just an exciting concept of the future. It is a well-deserved winner of our Satellite Technology of the Year award. Read Northrop Gunman’s response to winning the award and what is next for Northrop Grumman as it looks to bring more cutting-edge services to satellites in orbit here.
2019 – ThinKom – Multi-Beam Phased Array Gateway Solution
ThinKom CTO Bill Milroy talked with Via Satellite after the company’s win about the technology, and how the ground segment market is evolving to keep up with increased demands. The company won for its phased array land gateway that it calls an “array of arrays.” Read the conversation and about the technology here.
2018 – Intellian – v240MT Tri-Band Antenna System
At SATELLITE 2019, Via Satellite announced its first winner for the new Satellite Technology of the Year Award, which recognizes superb technology achievements. The first winners of this award were Intellian Technologies, with their v240MT Tri-Band antenna system, the kind of flexible product/technology that satellite operators/end users crave. Read more about the first winners here.