Edward Ashford is former Vice President for Technology Development for SES of Luxembourg and former Vice President for Broadcast Satellite Development at a subsidiary of Lockheed Martin. Before that, he spent 27 years with the European Space Agency’s ESTEC Center in the Netherlands, the last ten of which were as Head of its Satellite Communications Department. He is a member of the IAA, a senior member of the AIAA and Director Emeritus of the SpaceTech masters degree program of the Delft University of Technology. He is also the author of numerous articles and books in the field of satellite communications.
Joseph N. Pelton
Joseph N. Pelton, Ph.D., is the former Dean of the International Space University and Director Emeritus of the Space and Advanced Communications Research Institute (SACRI) at George Washington University. Dr. Pelton also served as Director of the Accelerated Masters Program in Telecommunications and Computers at the George Washington University from 1998 to 2004. Dr. Pelton was the founder of the Arthur C. Clarke Foundation and remains as the Vice Chairman on its Board of Directors. He was also the Founding President of the Society of Satellite Professionals International. Pelton is a widely published author with 33 books written, co-authored or co-edited. He is an Associate Fellow of the AIAA a Member of the IAA and President of the International Space Safety Foundation (ISSF).