In-Space Missions Limited are world class experts who design, build and operate bespoke physical and digital customer missions, providing a valuable service to customers keen to get their technology on orbit quickly.

Based in Alton, UK, our experienced staff work with a new space approach which enables a significant reduction in traditional timescales to get technology on orbit

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As well as building dedicated customer missions, we have developed our Faraday mission concept offering a satellite rideshare for customers who want to quickly demonstrate their technology by taking a ‘slot’ on board rather than having to build and manage an entire spacecraft and launch for themselves. Our next Faraday mission will launch this summer and then there will be a regular launch cadence of both dedicated customer missions and hosted payload missions approximately every six months thereafter. This allows a very quick turnaround to demonstrate new technologies on orbit which has traditionally been difficult to achieve and allows for rapid technology progression and enables customers to move to revenue more quickly.

From our dedicated 500m2 offices in Alton, Hampshire in the UK with purpose built, satellite cleanrooms, we design manufacture, integrate and test a range of satellites from 1U cubesats up to our in‐house designed Ada and Bell smallsats – depending on what the customer requirement is. We work closely with our customers to develop payload and / or full mission solutions and then lead the process to realise them on orbit. Depending on the customer’s needs we can support as much of the cycle as needed with the option for additional consultancy and procurement support as needed.

Meet the team

The In-Space team have over 150 combined team-years of experience in military, institutional and commercial space activities covering Earth Observation, Sat Comms, Navigation, Space Science and Space Exploration. Our expertise spans developing missions, employing spacecraft from 3kg to 3000kg covering the full range of activities from concept and business case development, through to bidding and winning the work, to delivering and operating the system.

Doug Liddle - Director and Chief Executive Officer at In-Space Missions

Doug Liddle

Director and CEO

After leaving Oxford in 1993 with an MA in Physics, Doug joined the Defence Research Agency (now QinetiQ) to work on all things space, including radar surveillance, space radiation, spacecraft dynamics and military communications systems.

In 2001, Doug moved to Surrey Satellites to become a spacecraft systems engineer. Over the following years, he developed several new spacecraft including Europe’s first Galileo demonstrator satellite, GIOVE-A; ran the Science and Exploration business unit; and delivered multiple satellites and optical imaging payloads including the UK’s first cubesat.

In 2015, Doug created In-Space Missions, a company founded to develop new space enabled services and offer expert consultancy to industry, academia and government. Since 2015, Doug has variously run the UK’s rocket programme; led the technical development of a disruptive innovation centre; developed a commercial demonstration platform for space; and initiated a company delivering real time video and immersive experiences from space. Doug also sits on a number of industry advisory boards and takes an active interest in STEAM outreach.

Tony Holt - Director and Chief Technology Officer at In-Space Missions

Tony Holt

Director and CTO

Tony is the CTO of In-Space Missions Limited, bringing more than 28 years of experience in the space industry working for several major spacecraft manufacturers and ground system providers. Tony provides support and governance to project delivery as well as devising and driving forwards many novel service and technology offerings & capabilities.

Prior to joining In-Space, Tony was the Engineering Director at SSTL responsible for all spacecraft and ground segment engineering on project delivery and R&D.

Tony started his career in systems and AOCS engineering and has taken every opportunity to expand his capabilities in technologies across avionics, operations, software and ground segments, and in missions and payloads including Earth Observation, Science, Telecommunications and Navigation. His experience ranges across institutional, experimental and commercial missions, and has included two patents and a NASA Group Achievement Award.

Tony sits on the STEM ESERO-UK steering board and is active in the strategy for growing the Hampshire and M3 LEP region.

Ed Stevens Chief Engineer at In-Space Missions

Ed Stevens

Chief Engineer

Ed is the Chief Engineer at In-Space. He is a highly experienced spacecraft system engineer with a background in design, build and launch processing of many small satellite missions over 20 years.

Prior to joining In-Space, Ed had most recently been the Head of Mission Solutions and Innovation at Surrey Satellites where he managed the R&D activities of the World’s leading small satellite developer.

Ed started his career in RF and AIT and has worked on, led and managed every part of the satellite design, development, build, test and launch chain.

Dr Kathryn O'Donnell - Chief Operating Officer at In-Space Missions

Kathryn O’Donnell

Chief Operating Officer

Kathryn is the Chief Operating Officer at In-Space. She has held various technical and delivery leadership positions within the Space and Cyber Security domains across Bae Systems Applied Intelligence, Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd and other divisions of what is now Airbus Space.

Kathryn holds a PhD in Astrodynamics, an MSc in Spacecraft Engineering, and graduated from the University of Cambridge (King’s College) with an MA in Astrophysics, where she worked on the University Women’s Executive. She is passionate about gender equality and equity, particularly in relation to STEM activities and tries to instil this passion in her young daughter with varying degrees of success.

Sarah-Parker -Chief Financial Officer at In-Space Missions

Sarah Parker

Chief Financial Officer

Sarah is the Chief Financial Officer at In-Space. Sarah has worked in the space industry for over 20 years and has held the positions of both Finance and Managing Director of Surrey Satellite Technology. Her experiences have equipped her with the skills and insight required to navigate pitfalls and capitalise on opportunities pertaining to business growth in the international business environment.

A Fellow of Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, Sarah has deep financial monitoring expertise with a solid understanding of governance and controls required to ensure financial strength and business performance. She also has extensive experience of enabling disruptive innovation in heavily regulated technology environments. In addition to her role at In-Space Sarah holds a number of Non-Executive Directorships

Melanie Clift - Head of Sales & Business Development - In-Space Missions

Melanie Clift

Head of Sales & Business Development

Melanie Clift is Head of Sales and Business Development at In-Space Missions Ltd and has a wealth of experience gained in the up and downstream space industry having worked at ICEYE, Airbus Intelligence and Surrey Space Centre over the last 8-9 years.

Before joining the space sector, Melanie spent a decade in roles spanning M&A, procurement, supply chain management and strategy for Royal and Sun Alliance and Shell where she initially started as a graduate entrant in 2001.

Jessica Evans - Office Manager - In-Space Missions

Jessica Evans

HR and Office Manager

Having spent much of her career working in account management, Jessica moved to the space and defence industry in 2010 when she joined Thorn SDS as PA to the M/D. Over the next eight years she took on the role of HR Manager working to support the team in providing contracting services to customers including QinetiQ, ESA and EUMETSAT. Jessica joined In-Space Missions in February 2020 as the HR and Office Manager.
Nimal Navarathinam - Principal Space Systems Engineer at In-Space Missions

Nimal Navarathinam

Principal Space Systems Engineer

Nimal is a Principal Space Systems Engineer at In-Space. He joined in 2018 having been the Earth Observation Systems Engineer at Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL), responsible for developing and maintaining the technical strategy and roadmap for his business area.

Prior to this, Nimal worked as a mission systems and concepts engineer at SSTL across a variety of activities including the Remove Debris and Carbonite-1 missions. He also led technical studies examining technology trends, novel mission/payload concepts and economic considerations of satellite imagery. He has hands-on experience of nanosatellite assembly, build and test and of launch site integration. He also previously worked as a technician supporting the development and test of space mission components.

Nimal holds Bachelors and Masters degrees from the York University in Toronto and completed a Space Studies Programme with the International Space University.

Andres Caballero - Senior Avionics Engineer at In-Space Missions

Andres Caballero

Senior Avionics Engineer

Andres is a Senior Avionics Engineer at In-Space. Having completed his Bachelors and Masters degrees in Electronic Engineering and Computing in Bogota, Colombia Andres pursued his passion for developing new electronics systems with roles across a number of domains including IoT video processing devices; Augmented Reality systems and protection products for Hazardous areas.

After pursuing academic study into space systems part-time, Andres joined In-Space to gain more hands-on experience in Space hardware design and build. He has led the design of key systems on the Faraday spacecraft and can usually be found at his prototype bench or in the In-Space lab.

Dr Susan Jason - Principal Systems Engineer Head of Outreach at In-Space Missions

Susan Jason

Principal Engineer and Head of Outreach

Susan is a Principal Engineer and Head of Outreach for In-Space. She has over 20 years’ experience of working in the Space industry in a variety of roles ranging from the thermal and radiation design of spacecraft, through systems engineering and architecture to technical project and programme management.

Susan previously worked at Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd where she was their Exploration Lead and deputy Head of Science. Prior to this she had undertaken a variety of roles on numerous small satellite programmes. This included a wide variety of R&D activities, payload developments and leading the Thermal and Space Environment design for the GIOVE-A mission, the first Galileo pre-cursor spacecraft.

Susan holds a PhD in Spacecraft Systems Engineering, a Masters in Astronautics and Spacecraft Engineering and a BSc in Physics with Astrophysics. Her evident capability and enormous enthusiasm for Space Science and Engineering makes her the perfect Head of Outreach.

Brian Kibler - Spacecraft Production Lead at In-Space Missions

Brian Kibler

Spacecraft Production Lead

Brian is the Spacecraft Production Lead at In-Space. He has a huge amount of experience building small spacecraft and holds ESA certification for electronic assemblies.

After starting his career training at Marconi Defence Systems in Portsmouth working on torpedoes, Brian then gained experience on video phones and inflight entertainment systems before transferring to Matra Marconi Space. He worked in the manufacturing department on Skynet 4 spacecraft before moving to Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd working on the UoSAT 12 platform.

At Surrey Brian progressed from contractor through to the Assembly, Integration and Test department where he soon become the Electrical/Mechanical Lead. He has worked on a range of spacecraft including the Galileo constellation and has supported clients all over the globe. Brian also has experience in leading and supporting launch campaigns in Russia, India and the US across a variety of launch vehicles.

Andy Schofield - Principal Ground Systems Engineer - In-Space Missions

Andy Schofield

Principal Ground Systems Engineer

Andrew is a Principal Groundsegment Systems Engineer at In-Space. He joined in 2020 having supported In-Space as a consultant for some time on the Faraday-1 mission. He was previously the Technical Manager for Satellite Data Exploitation at Surrey Satellite technology Ltd, focussing on working with customers to derive tangible benefits from their satellite imagery.

Prior to that, he was Team Leader of the Groundsegments team, seeing the end-to-end lifecycle of numerous groundsegments across the world in support of the SSTL satellites. These multi-million pound groundsgements would include groundstation installations along with Spacecraft Operation Centres and Mission Operation Centres, providing spacecraft control and command as well as mission planning systems and data processing systems for the downloaded imagery. Whilst at SSTL, Andrew was also part of the team that successfully launched the first mobile phone into space as a component of the STRaND-1 cubesat.

He has a keen interest in demonstrating the benefits of space and satellite imagery in developing and limited-resource countries, having worked as a VSO volunteer in Ethiopia for three years developing the in-country computing resources and skills of medical and other staff at the Gondar University and Hospital.

Andrew holds a Masters in Computer Animation and Visualisation from Bournemouth University and a Degree in Computer Science from the University of Liverpool. He is also a member of the British Computer Society.

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Hana Bird

Space Operations Engineer

Hana is a Spacecraft Operations Engineer at In-Space. A lover of space and all things leopard print, she started her career at SSTL after completing her A-Levels as a fresh-faced Materials and Mechanical testing engineer squishing and pulling things apart on a tensile testing machine. After deciding to enter the world of Spacecraft Operations in 2017 she completed an HNC level 4 in electronic engineering.

Hana has worked on a variety of projects ranging from day-to-day image scheduling to decommissioning a satellite and deploying the worlds first de-orbit sail on TDS-1 and Carbonite.

Hana joined In Space to pursue her goal of seeing a project from concept through to launch and start of service, and broaden her Operations skill-set.

Natalia Le Marquis - Technical Project Manager - In-Space Missions

Natalia Lemarquis

Technical Project Manager

Natalia is an aerospace engineer by background and worked for many years in the jet engines industry as a manager and project lead for global companies such as Rolls-Royce. Natalia moved recently to the Space Industry and completed a Master in Space Studies Course at International Space University. Natalia is working for In-Space as Technical Project Manager, responsible for delivery of our small satellites for Earth Observation.

Natalia is a mentor for UNOOSA Space4Women network and her goal is to support women to join the space industry making it diverse and inclusive.

Amy Bartlett - Space Services Manager - In-Space Missions

Amy Bartlett

Space Services Manager

Amy is the Space Services Manager at In-Space for the Faraday "Space as a Service" platform. She takes pride in designing and delivering services that are customer focussed, efficient and business enabling. Amy takes a multi-disciplinary approach to service design, utilising ITIL best practice for IT service management, applying agile software development practices to deliver value from services faster and lean six sigma analysis techniques for continual service improvement.

Prior to In-Space, Amy worked at BAE Systems Applied Intelligence, gaining more than 10 years of service delivery experience. She designed, transitioned and delivered support services for enterprise cyber security solutions for both commercial and government customers. Having held a variety of positions from Support Engineer through to Service Delivery Manager and Service Architect, Amy understands services from the inside out.

Amy holds an MPhys in Physics with Nuclear Astrophysics and a PhD in Theoretical Nuclear Physics, both from the University of Surrey.

Richard Duke -Space Systems Engineer - In-Space Missions

Richard Duke

Space Systems Engineer

Richard is a Space Systems Engineer at In-Space. He joined in 2020 having been Spacecraft Communications Engineer at the Surrey Space Centre responsible for the ground station and spacecraft operations.

Before this, Richard worked as the lead flight software engineer responsible for developing the flight software architecture and Mission Control System used by the SSC. Past missions have included the UKSA’s Alsat-1N mission, Remove Debris, and Inflate Sail. He has hands-on experience in most areas of nanosatellite engineering from concept design through to end of life.

Richard has a Bachelor’s degree in physics from the Open University and completed a Masters in Space Technology at the University of Surrey.

Andrew Mackie - Space Systems Engineer at In-Space Missions

Andrew Mackie

Space Systems Engineer

Andrew is a Space Systems Engineer at In-Space primarily supporting AOCS and design tools. He brings a wealth of systems engineering experience from the defence industry. Working across the development lifecycle of multimillion pound systems Andrew has seen the benefits strong engineering principles, systems thinking and close customer interaction can bring and continues to employ these skills today. Andrew is passionate about staying on the cutting edge and has been involved in numerous tooling developments from automation scripts to developing a ‘Big Data’ infrastructure.

Andrew holds a Masters in Astrophysics from the University of Edinburgh.

Matthew Woolfson – Systems and Thermal Engineer - In-Space Missions

Matthew Woolfson

Systems and Thermal Engineer

Matthew joined In-Space as a Systems and Thermal Engineer as a recent graduate in 2020. He graduated with an MEng degree in Computer-aided Mechanical Engineering from Glasgow Caledonian University with projects focussing on heat transfer studies and the design and development of the aerodynamics package for a Formula style race car.

Matthew also spent a semester at Universitat Politècnica de València as part of an Erasmus exchange working on product development.

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Louis Parisi

AIT Engineer

Louis is an Assembly, Integration and Test engineer here at In-Space Missions. He completed a 4 year Aeronautical Engineering apprenticeship with QinetiQ at MOD Boscombe Down in early 2019.

After a long term placement at QinetiQ Space UK, he went onto joining their Electric Propulsion team building and testing Gridded Ion engines. Louis was part of the production team which delivered T6 Ion thrusters for flight on ESA’s BepiColumbo mission to Mercury. He was also instrumental to the manufacture of their T7 prototype ring-cusp thruster. Louis has gained practical hands-on experience in space flight assembly. He now spends his days in the cleanroom, his natural environment, happily developing payload CubeSats.

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Jane Ford

Marketing Communications Specialist

Jane joined the team in May 2021 as Marketing Communications Specialist. She has a wealth of Communications and Marketing experience in the space sector as well over 30 years PR and communications experience across business to business and consumer PR. Notably, over 6 years, Jane successfully worked to build up the UKspace Trade Association internal and external communications capabilities as well as strengthening relations with key stakeholders while supporting the Director and Senior Management Team.
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Peter Senior

Space Systems Engineer

Peter is a Systems Engineer for In-Space. He joined the team in 2021 after having been a Mission Concepts Engineer at Surrey Satellite Technology Limited, working on a broad range of projects and bids from technology demonstration microsatellites to interplanetary probes.

Previously Peter spent time in the Propulsion team working on Geostationary satellites and small electric propulsion thrusters, as well as helping with service delivery and spacecraft data analysis leveraging skills in Python. During his degree he created an additively-manufactured ramjet, and helped design a hybrid rocket.

Peter holds a Master's Degree in Spacecraft Engineering from the University of Southampton. Away from work he is very busy with a wide range of hobbies, including fencing, civil war re-enactment, (astro)photography, two 3D printers, and sci-fi starship design.

Michael Loweth - Engineering Resource Manager - In-Space Missions

Michael Loweth

Engineering Resource Manager

Michael now works at In-Space after a career that has already covered Space batteries, deployable structures and antennas, and ground stations utilising cloud networking to enhance connectivity. He has 15+ years of experience in space engineering, project management, and business development. He is a good communicator with experiences including being a Technical Manager on components for ESA’s GAIA, BepiColombo, and Solar Orbiter interplanetary missions. He has also been a member of staff and visiting lecturer at the International Space University in Strasbourg, and has experience at both NASA, and the UK MoD. Michael has a BEng Honours from Kingston University, and an MSS degree in Space Studies from the ISU in Strasbourg. He also has his pilot’s license.
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Debbie Bickerdike

Finance Assistant

Debbie joined In-Space Missions in April 2021 as Finance Assistant. With over 30 years of administration experience, Debbie has worked within a number of business sectors including recruitment, estate agency, telecommunications, the event industry, as well as accountancy. She has also successfully set up her own business supporting small businesses with their administration requirements.
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Pejman Nejadi

Space Systems Engineer

Pej joined In-Space Missions as a Space Systems Engineer in January 2021. He has a wealth of experience gained from working in the space industry across a wide range of space missions. Previously he worked with SSTL, where he led the design and development of a large MEO constellation as well as working as the Earth Observation Business Line Manager shaping and championing new opportunities for the company.

During his time at SSTL he also worked as a Mission System Engineer, responsible for several projects, including the OptiSAR constellation and prior to this he worked on the design and delivery of the Carbonite 2 platform, Galileo FM01/2 Payloads and other exciting mission concept studies such as CHEOPS and SAOCOM-CS.

Pej has always been passionate about space from a young age and this was reinforced by his physics teacher in high school which led him to study at Kingston University where he graduated with an MEng in Aerospace Engineering & Astronautics.

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Zak Bouhanna

RF Systems Engineer

Zakaria Bouhanna is a RF systems engineer at In-Space Missions focusing on inter-satellite links, formation flying and cooperative navigation. He also has a particular interest in investigating and designing systems that complement Space Situational Awareness tools and methods.

Zak previously worked at Isotropic Systems where he designed and developed a unique lens creation algorithm that accelerated and closed the gap between the fabrication and conception processes, this manifested in the production of lens antennae that substituted costly alternatives. A patent has been submitted for this application.

Zak holds a PhD in Satellite Digital Communications Systems from the university of Surrey, a Masters in Digital Communications Systems and a BSc in Electrical & Electronics Systems Engineering.

Zak loves video games and digital painting

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Aditya Mandrekar

Senior Software Systems Engineer

Aditya joined In-Space Missions as a Senior Software Systems Engineer. He was previously a software team lead at Meggitt where, along with his team, he delivered safety-critical software for cockpit instruments for airliners. He also spent five years in Cornwall working on Embedded Software and has experience in writing the navigation, guidance and control software for Micro Aerial Vehicles.

Aditya is originally from Mumbai and has an MSc in Avionics System Design from Cranfield University. Unsurprisingly he is crazy about cricket, and can be found in his whites on most Saturday afternoons in the summer. He is also a STEM ambassador and has volunteered for virtual events.

Theodora Varelidi Strati - Space Operations Engineer - In-Space Missions

Theodora Varelidi-Strati

Space Operations Engineer

Theodora joined In-Space Missions as a Spacecraft Operations Engineer. She recently graduated from a 2nd Level Master in Space Exploration and Development Systems at Politecnico di Torino, Italy. For her final group project, she worked on the conceptual design of a mission to Titan.

Theodora holds an MSc in Theoretical Physics from University of Edinburgh and a BSc in Physics with Astrophysics from University of Glasgow. She is also an active volunteer of the Space Generation Advisory Council.

Bob Dyer - Senior Electronics Engineer - In-Space Missions

Bob Dyer

Electronics Engineer

Bob Joined In-Space as electronics engineer in August 2021 coming from Surrey Space Centre (SSC). While at SSC his last demonstration project was a fully agile gimbled camera with zoom lens as a research project for In-Space Missions Ltd. He worked on several other spacecraft and payloads for SSC including the first smartphone in space, STRaND-1 and various sail projects.

Previously, Bob spent 10 years at Surrey Satellite Technology (SSTL) primarily on ground station Design, build and installation taking him to various parts of the world including countries where an armed guard was required when not in the hotel or customer’s walled grounds. Projects included Alsat-1, Alsat nano, Sapphire, NigeriaSat and RapidEye among others. There was also 9 months working on the high altitude sudo satellite (HAPS), Zephyr, for Airbus.

In spare moments Bob greatly enjoyed assisting students at the Guildford university while working for SSC, and outreach activities at SSTL, and continues doing so at In-Space Missions Ltd with their open and inclusive outreach and intern programmes. His use of amateur radio, since the early 1980’s, helps to demonstrate the basics of radio communication as used on all current spacecraft.

Richard Hopkins - RF Engineer - In-Space Missions

Richard Hopkins

RF Engineer

Prior to joining In-Space Missions Ltd, Richard worked at Airbus Defence and Space for 13 years in various RF domains including leading the development of KU band receiver and LNA equipment for telecoms missions, the Zephyr high altitude pseudo satellite and the ESA Microwave Sounder radiometer instrument to be launched on the Metop Second Generation weather satellite missions.

He holds the MEng degree from Imperial College in Electrical and Electronic Engineering and a PhD from the University of Surrey. For Richard’s PhD, he examined millimeter wave resonators for materials characterisation and developed various models for planar transmission line technologies. From here he joined DERA/DSTL designing and testing UHF radio technologies.

Richard is a hardware tinkerer at heart.

Greg Rybicki - Technical Project Manager - In-Space Missions

Greg Rybicki

Technical Project Manager

Greg is a Technical Project Manager at In-Space. He joined in 2021 after over a decade long career in the aerospace industry working for blue-chip companies including General Electric Aviation or Rolls-Royce Civil Aerospace.

In his most recent role, he worked as Programme Manager responsible for portfolio of projects delivering improvements across Assembly & Test department as well as building long term strategy for the cost improvement teams. In previous roles he also led multiple NPI projects including successful certification of the Trent XWB or Advance3 Demonstrator engine.

Greg holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in Mechatronics from the Military University of Technology in Warsaw. Although he started his career in the military sector, he quickly switched it for the open skies of the Aerospace and Space industries.

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Nick Oswald

Commercial Manager

Nick joined the In-Space team in September 2021 as Commercial Manager. He has over nine years’ experience in the space sector having previously been engaged in a variety of roles ranging from satellite insurance underwriting to technical and economic consulting.

During Nick’s previous roles he was responsible for negotiating various commercial contracts with many of the world’s leading satellite operators. He has provided dedicated consultancy services for several prominent insurance companies and co-authored publications on behalf of the UK Space Agency and Lloyd’s of London. Nick also has expertise in applications of PNT systems and worked for several years advising organisations such as the European GNSS Agency (now EUSPA).

Nick graduated with a Masters in Astronautics & Space Engineering from Cranfield University, having previously read Mathematics at Imperial College, London. He is passionate about sustainable economic development of the space industry and is keen to support efforts relating to space debris mitigation.

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Julie Penketh

Operations Manager

Julie is the Business Operations Manager at In-Space, responsible for capacity planning and project metrics. She also supports financial reporting and forecasting.

Julie started her career as a software developer for PwC, moving through Technical Team Lead to Project Manager. She joined BAE Systems Applied Intelligence as a Project Manager, then becoming Operations Manager, across a range of business areas with projects delivering to both government and commercial customers. After 15 years at BAE Systems she took a career break to spend quality time with her family, and returned to work with In-Space in November 2021.

Julie has an MEng in Ship Science from the University of Southampton.

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Lorna Wilkins

AIT Flight Engineer

Lorna joined In-Space just over a year ago and has been in the Space industry for many years prior to this. She previously worked on Ministry of Defence projects and has worked with several other companies including Ray Marine and Pheonix Systems, Spur Electron, Airbus Defence and Space and Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd where she gained a lot of experience in Manufacturing and Assembly Integration and Test. Lorna has worked on many projects during this time including Galileo and Quantum where she took part in prepping the Quantum propulsion tanks.

With an ESA certification to inspect and perform solder operations on printed circuit boards, she has also spent time learning how to make thermal blankets and solar panels and how to carry out incoming inspection, harnessing and wiring.

At In-Space, Lorna spends her time in the cleanroom making flight harnesses, populating printed circuit boards and supporting the test team.

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William Avison

Space Systems Engineer

William joined In-Space Missions as a Space Systems Engineer in October 2021. He has previous experience in Transport, Defence and Space industries in companies such as Curtiss-Wright, Surrey Satellite and Inmarsat.

During his time at SSTL he worked on ESA payloads such as the EarthCARE MSI and TROPOMI- missions, AOCS equipment, Radiation Monitors, Power systems and Imager electronics. A majority of his career has been as a hardware engineer, before moving into more system engineering-based roles.

William had worked on the Raspberry Pi camera flown by SSTL on the DOT-1 mission, which ties in his love of space with outreach. William developed a work experience programme at SSTL which saw over 100 students over a 5-year period, enabling students to see different aspects of engineering. Further to this William has spoken at over 50 events, including schools, Universities and Societies, such as the Royal Aeronautical Society where he got to speak with Tim Peake to students interested in space.

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Michelle Lloyd-Ablitt

Office Administrator and Receptionist

Michelle joined the team in October 2021 as an Office Administrator and Receptionist. Michelle has over 20 years working within customer care and 10 years of administrative experience including leading small administrative teams. She enjoys working together in unity with the team and living her values to learn, grow, support and enjoy.
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Ruth Taylor

Office Administrator and Receptionist

Ruth is new to the space industry and joins us after leaving the NHS where she worked as an Administrator for the Community Nurses and Therapists.

She previously worked as PA to the Managing Director of Great Western Trains and before that enjoyed time working and volunteering for the Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford.

Ben Hooper

Technical Project Manager

Ben joined In-Space in 2021 to pursue his passion for complex projects and exploring space.

After beginning his career in the UK Military he graduated UCL with a BSc in Planetary science with Spacecraft system engineering. He then attended Cranfield and completed a Masters in Aerospace Propulsion. Upon leaving the forces he took a role in the subsea oil and gas sector. After working for a decade on multiple projects on Five different continents in Mechanical design, Project engineering, Subsea remote Operations, offshore construction and Project management, he returned to the UK to take up a role with Heathrow as part of their capital delivery programme. In delivering 135 million GBP of portfolio over four years, this role culminated as the future flight programme lead with multiple awards for the role out of the counter drone system. Most notably taking the 2020 technology project of the year award and the overall Project of the year in a career highlight.

Taking that aerospace experience, he moved to Teledyne e2v to work on the ESA PLATO next generation Planet hunting telescope optics before moving to In-space to utilise his 2 decades of experience in multi discipline project delivery and operations.

In his spare time, Ben enjoys stargazing, getting out in the woods and mountains, mentoring aspirant engineers towards chartership (through his alumni networks), flying drones and working on his own Rocket, to see how fast it will go.

Kiera Buck

Recruitment Manager

Kiera is our recruiter here at In-Space Missions. She has over 15 years recruitment experience, with a strong background in Graduate Recruitment. She spent 9 years at BAE Systems Applied Intelligence heading up their Graduate Recruitment and is delighted that, after a break away to look after her family, she is back in the BAE family.

When she is not recruiting Kiera enjoys spending time with her family, crafting, walking her rescue dog and looking after her home reared chickens!

Kiera holds a degree in Business Studies and Masters in Human Resource Management. Due to her degree having a placement year, she is very passionate about encouraging and enabling undergraduates to have the opportunity to get work experience during their education.

Louisa Hobson

Marketing Officer

Louisa has recently joined In-Space Missions Ltd to support Mel with new business development activities as well as digital marketing and event coordination. She has over 20 years of sound Executive Assistant/secretarial/administrative/creative experience working for VIPs, blue chip companies, local authorities and charitable organisations.

New to the Space Industry, Louisa was introduced to the importance of STEM during her time at Winchester Science Centre. Working for their Education department she helped engage over 150,000 school children from various backgrounds. The aim - to raise Science capital, making it accessible to all. She has since become a STEM Ambassador volunteering to promote STEM in everyday life, squashing stereotypes and breaking down barriers. Inclusion, diversity, mental health and wellbeing in the workplace is an area that she is particularly invested in, recently gaining her CATCHE Level 2 in Understanding children and Young People’s Mental Health and Mental Health First Aid qualification.

Harrison Coley

Guidance, Navigation and Control Systems Engineer

Harrison is a Guidance, Navigation and Control Systems Engineer and has one of the coolest jobs at In-Space; designing and implementing the computer algorithms that control the position and orientation of spacecraft once in orbit.

Since finishing his Physics BSc at the University of Leicester, he has worked on the UK's radio, TV, and mobile network as a Broadcast Antenna Design Engineer Intern with Arqiva; has successfully enhanced the capabilities of Inertial Navigation Systems while working as a Navigation and Application Engineer at Oxford Technical Solutions (OxTS) and has safely flown 1000 hours as a First Officer for the regional airline Flybe. He also has experience working as a Carer in a residential home for people with Dementia. He joined In-Space in 2020 after 5 months honing his computer programming skills and mathematical knowledge while learning graphical programming in C/C++ and Rust.

Anton Donchev

Space Systems Engineer

Anton is one of our Space Systems Engineers and he is currently working on some of our major projects.

He has an MEng in Aerospace and Astronautics from Kingston University and then he worked at Airbus Defence and Space for 10 years. During his time here he worked on many different projects covering many topics in mechanisms, electronics, control systems, GNC modelling, Vision-based control and AOCS, most notably as AOCS/GNC Architect for the Exomars locomotion control system. He also worked on the deployment mechanism for Bepi Columbo and he is excited to find out if it works when it gets to Mercury!

Samantha Hunt

Quality Manager

Sam is the Quality Manager at In-Space and is responsible for ensuring all the business activities meet the current standards, maintained, communicated, and implemented.
Sam’s previous roles included working at Lumi, manufacturing 30K interactive keypads from design to end-product delivery, sourcing sub-assemblies and parts globally ensuring all quality standards were met. Other roles included Head of Electronics Manufacturing at McLaren Racing, where she was responsible for the manufacturing and the ISO9001 procedures for all electronic assemblies including engine control units, gear box control units, sensors, and data monitoring systems, all produced on site for the McLaren racing team, the F1 road cars and various racing teams throughout all sectors of the motor sports industry.
Brett Smith

Brett Smith

Assembly Integration and Test (AIT) Engineer

Brett Smith is the Assembly Integration and Test (AIT) Engineer at In-Space.

Brett’s career spans over 25 years, he has worked at a commercial level for a number of organisations and gained wide experience and numerous qualifications.

At his first role with Basys Technology (now STS Defence) he became certified to MIL-2000A working on defence equipment, he also gained an IPC certificate and at this time.

Maintaining his IPC certification in his next role Vega Technology (now Phoenix Systems, Brett worked on defence equipment and gained ESA and NASA certification as an operator and inspector. He became the cleanroom team leader where he worked on Rosetta equipment as well as working in the U.S.A. on behalf of the company to work on flight equipment.

His next role was with SSTL in 2001 where he worked on many projects
as a technician including Giove-A and Galileo. He then moved into Mechanisms as a cleanroom technician. This role progressed into the Mechanisms Engineering team building first-off’s, helping with the build instructions for manufacturing of the mechanisms and testing of the mechanisms.

During his time at SSTL he became an In-House ESA instructor during which led him to the role of Lead ESA Instructor and IPC instructor at the UK ESA School at the University of Portsmouth where he worked for five years before joining some of his old colleagues from SSTL at In-Space Missions.

He has had over 20 years being ESA/IPC certified, working on Flight equipment in a Technician/Engineering capacity.

Our Values

Innovation

We pride ourselves on not always making the obvious choices when solving problems and we are delighted to provide novel technical and commercial solutions for our customers.

Intelligence

We provide advice based on state of the art knowledge of products and the market informed by over 150 years of experience at the coal-face of the satellite industry.

Integrity

We will always treat our customers with respect and discretion.

Our Partners

Our Network

We have proudly teamed with or provided consultancy and support to:

  • Satellite Applications Catapult
  • UK Space Agency
  • CEOI-ST
  • Effective Space Solutions
  • British Broadcasting Corporation
  • Cranfield University
  • Surrey Satellite Technology
  • Gerson Lehrman Group
  • Lunar Mission One
  • Space Net Ventures
  • Methera Global Communications
  • Roke Manor Research
  • Magna Parva
  • Oxford Space Systems
  • Oxford University
  • Oxford Innovation
  • Swansea University
  • Surrey Space Centre
  • XL Catlin
  • Clyde & Co.
  • Spire Global
  • KLEOS Space
  • REWIND FX Ltd
  • Space KTN
  • Astroscale
  • AlphaSights
  • GomSpace
  • Bright Ascension
  • CST
  • Inmarsat
  • Telespazio Vega
  • Heliaq
  • Bae Systems
  • CS Securities
  • GomSpace
  • Heliaq
  • The Space Environment Research Centre
  • University College London
  • AlphaSights
  • Lacuna Space
  • Airbus Defence and Space
  • BStar LLC
  • Manchester University
  • Silent Pool Distillers Ltd
  • Enterprise M3 LEP

We are also proud to be a member of the SME Forum in UKspace, the trade association of the UK space industry.

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