A rapidly growing SME backed with decades of industry experience and strategic industry partnerships.


Australia

"A strong team is important, we have created one of the strongest teams in the space resources sector which have real world experience rivaled to any other space resources company."


KIRBY IKIN

Space Industry Adviser

Kirby Ikin has been involved in the space industry for more than 30 years and has done so as a space businessman, as a space entrepreneur, as an advocate for the space industry, and as a public advocate for space settlement and development. He is Chairman of the Board of the National Space Society (headquartered in Washington DC) where he succeeded Apollo XI astronaut Buzz Aldrin. He was the Founder and Chairman of the Australian Space Industry Chamber of Commerce (now known as the Space Industry Association of Australia). He has worked in various space businesses from attempts to establish a spaceport on the Australian territory of Christmas Island through to businesses developing satellite life extension capabilities. In 2012 he was one of the Co-Founders of Deep Space Industries, one of the original pioneering companies planning to harvest asteroid material for use in space. For ten years he also ran one of the ten largest space insurance underwriting businesses in the world (GIO Space) – a business he took from a $2m per year line of business and built into a $175m per year standalone business. Kirby lives in Sydney, Australia.







Canada


DEJAN MARKOVIC

Operations Executive

Dejan is Deloitte’s National Aviation Leader and an operations executive with extensive expertise leveraging innovative thinking to grow organizations in the aerospace & defense, manufacturing, MRO, distribution and supply chain sectors. Dejan is a strategic advisor and expert to the world’s leading aerospace OEMs, airlines, airports and air to ground transportation executives. He has successfully led challenging and complex projects across the airline & aerospace enterprise, including commercial strategy, operational excellence, cost reduction, aftermarket & supply chain optimization and digital transformation. Before joining Deloitte, Dejan was VP Strategy & Commercial Strategy for Cargojet Airlines, and Director, Air Operations for the Canada Post Group of Companies. This follows over 10 years in progressively senior engineering roles with Boeing, Bombardier & Collins Aerospace. Considered an inspirational leader in helping organizations scale and operate effectively through consultative communication and tactical decision-making. Passionate about developing and maintaining a corporate culture that inspires safety, collaboration, cooperation and innovation. Dejan holds an MBA, a Master of Aerospace Engineering and a Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in the province of Ontario and holds dual Transport Canada and FAA pilots' licenses.



United States


GORDON ROESLER

Adviser & President, Robotics in Space LLC

Dr. Gordon Roesler is an internationally recognized authority in the application of robotics technologies to space missions. He recently completed a second four-year term as a Program Manager at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, where he created and led the effort to provide robotic servicing to satellites already in orbit. That Robotic Servicing of Geosynchronous Satellites (RSGS) program will result in the first operational multi-mission robotic servicer when it launches in 2022. During his previous term at DARPA, 2002-2006, Roesler originated the Spacecraft for the Universal Modification of Orbits (SUMO) and Front-End Robotics Enabling Near-term Demonstration (FREND) programs. These programs provided the technical basis for the RSGS program, particularly the applicability of automated robotic operations for critical tasks. Other professional assignments have included the U.S. Department of Energy, Booz Allen Hamilton, SAIC, the University of Southern California, and the University of New South Wales. Roesler’s other research projects and accomplishments have included robotic naval vehicles, sensor systems, underwater acoustics, and renewable energy. He holds a Ph.D. in Physics from MIT and is a 1975 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy.


GABOR SZECSI

Director

Gabor Szecsi is a U.S. licensed attorney with a strong background in the startup sector in Silicon Valley, Europe and Israel. Mr. Szecsi studied Mechanical Engineering, and he has a passion for developing and commercializing new technologies. He has been involved with the European Space Agency’s Business Incubator Program and Technology Transfer program for five years. Mr. Szecsi has advised numerous startups on the legal and financial aspects of developing domestic and cross-boarder business strategies. He has also had a key role in developing scalable ITAR, Export-Control compliance policies for various security and defense startups.