imagery company HySpecIQ announced on Friday (17 December) the formation of a strategic advisory board that is composed of internationally recognised industry leaders who bring a depth of experience and leadership to the company. This announcement comes as the company maintains its rapid pace of growth following the news of its third major partnership that is part of HySpecIQ’s strategic plan to manufacture and launch its hyperspectral imaging satellites; the others being BridgeComm Inc., Soter Technologies, and York Space Systems.

John DeBlasio, CEO of HySpecIQ added, “HySpecIQ is fortunate to have such an experienced group of individuals join our Advisory Board. Their wealth of experience will be instrumental in HySpecIQ’s operations as we continue to advance our hyperspectral imaging satellites into orbit.”

The Advisory Board members are as follows:

  • William Sullivan, Co-Founder of HySpecIQ and Chairman of the Board of Advisors: Sullivan is the founder and Executive Chairman of HySpecIQ. Previously, he co-founded Torch Hill Investment Partners, where he led successful investments in two space-related companies.
  • Kevin O’Connell, Strategic Advisor: Kevin O’Connell is the former Director of the Office of Space Commerce and founder of Space Economy Rising, an advisory firm for early stage and other companies in the space economy. O’Connell has deep experience in the space and intelligence communities, having been involved in satellite imagery commercialisation since the mid-1990’s. He was also a long-standing member and chair of NOAA’s federal advisory committee before re-entering government.
  • Raymond Palumbo, Lt. Gen. (Ret.) U.S. Army: Palumbo is a recognised leader in special operations; intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance; and military strategy. Palumbo served 34 years in the U.S. Army leading both conventional and special operations forces, including assistant commander of the Joint Special Operations Command — and today, serves as director or advisor on the boards of several aerospace, defence, and software companies.
  • Daniela Moody, vice president of Artificial Intelligence Moody is a member of Forbes Technology Council and is the former CTO of Ursa and spent 9 years at Los Alamos National Laboratory. She holds a PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from University of Maryland College Park.
  • Shanti Rao, Investor and Aerospace Engineer: Rao is a former senior engineer at JPL and holds a PhD. in physics from the California Institute of Technology. Dr. Rao is also a co-founder of Raosoft, Inc., a pioneer internet company, an expert in the systems engineering of precision spacecraft instruments, and an active promoter of and investor in entrepreneurial space companies.

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