Who are In-Space?

Doug Liddle

Director and CEO
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Doug is the CEO of In-Space Missions Limited and is a highly experienced manager, engineer and innovator with a significant profile in the global space industry as a builder of low cost missions.  Since founding In-Space in August 2015, Doug has provided support and advice to a wide range of high-profile commercial, academic and institutional customers.  Over his career, he has demonstrated leadership in the roles of business manager, engineering manager, account manager, systems engineer and technical specialist across a wide variety of missions for a broad base of customers. Throughout this time he has balanced proven technical expertise and vision with an ability to grow and deliver the business.

Until August 2015 he was responsible for the leading the Science, Exploration and Platforms business unit at SSTL. In this role, his responsibilities were to develop new products, win new business and deliver a £100m portfolio of projects. He also managed a number of SSTL’s government and institutional accounts – including the UK Space Agency and the European Space Agency.

Prior to this role, he had taken on design responsibility for nanosatellite, microsatellite and smallsatellite missions with applications including telecoms, navigation, Earth observation and science.

Over the past 23 years, Doug has developed a broad network inside industry, academia and government through activities in various space related committees and through direct working with a wide range of customers, suppliers and collaborators.

Outside of work, he has acted as a STEM ambassador since the end of 2012.

Tony Holt

Director and CTO

Tony is the CTO of In-Space Missions Limited, bringing 25 years of experience in the space industry working as an engineer, chief engineer and latterly engineering director for several major spacecraft manufacturers and ground system providers. Since joining In-Space in November 2016, Tony is supporting existing activities as well as devising and driving forwards many of our novel service and technology demonstration offerings.

Prior to November, Tony’s last role was the Engineering Director at SSTL responsible for all spacecraft and ground segment engineering on project delivery and R&D.  He represented the company’s technical portfolio to the global market, and within Airbus where he also engaged in group innovation projects.  He championed innovation in SSTL driving spacecraft, subsystem and equipment developments with a firm objective of achieving tangible returns within twelve month cycles.  This includes video from space from start to launch readiness in eight months, a step change in integrated avionics, and novel deployment mechanisms.

Prior to this, Tony was Chief Missions Engineer and the Business Line Engineer for the Telecommunications business line.  These roles allowed him to exercise his overall spacecraft engineering experience across engineering and projects, and to help drive the telecommunications solutions being offered.

Tony started his career in systems and AOCS engineering, and has taken every opportunity to expand his capabilities in other subsystems such as avionics, operations, software and ground segments, and in missions and payloads including Earth Observation, Science, Telecommunications and Navigation. His 25 years of experience has covered ESA cornerstone missions to commercial and experimental missions across all mission types, and has included two patents and a NASA Group Achievement Award.

Outside of work, he sits on the STEM ESERO-UK steering board.