Eddy W. Hartenstein to Deliver David W. Thompson Lecture in Space Commerce at 70th International Astronautical Congress (IAC) Written 6 September 2019

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“Communications Satellites -- Then, Now, and Where Next?”

Eddy-W-Hartenstein-NAESeptember 6, 2019 – Reston, Va. – The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) has selected Eddy W. Hartenstein to give its 2019 David W. Thompson Lecture in Space Commerce.

Hartenstein will deliver his lecture, ““Communications Satellites --  Then, Now, and Where Next?”,” at 1100 hrs. (EDT??), 22 October 2019, at the 2019 International Astronautical Congress held  21-25 October 2019, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

Eddy W. Hartenstein is a visionary business leader with a distinguished career in the media industry. He currently serves as a board member at Broadcom (where he is also lead independent director), TiVo, and Sirius XM Radio, where he is also lead independent director. He also remains a director of Tribune Publishing. [He previously served as a director on the boards of City of Hope, Oath (formerly Yahoo!), SanDisk, Technicolor (formerly Thompson Consumer Electronics) and Converse (prior to the acquisition by Nike).

Hartenstein's interest in technology and aerospace/technology were sparked by the space race. He earned Bachelor of Science degrees in aerospace engineering and mathematics from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. He then joined Hughes Aircraft in 1972, and in 1974, earned a Master of Science degree in applied mechanics from the California Institute of Technology. Hartenstein also has an honorary Doctor of Science degree from Cal Poly Pomona.

Hartenstein presided over the birth and growth of the satellite television industry. As a vice president of Hughes Communications in 1981, he expanded Hughes’ acquisition and deployment of commercial communications satellites, which served the broadcast and cable programming industries. In 1990, he was named president of a Hughes-owned subsidiary founded to develop direct-to-home satellite TV service. Hartenstein then transformed the concept into one of the most successful new product launches in consumer electronics history, propelling what became known as DirecTV into the nation’s leading digital, multichannel television service. He served as DirecTV’s Chairman and CEO through 2004.

In a “second career,” Hartenstein joined the Los Angeles Times in 2008 as publisher and CEO and was responsible for all aspects of print, digital, and mobile operations of the country’s largest metropolitan daily news organization, as well as those of the Los Angeles Times Media Group’s portfolio through August 2014. Prior January 2013, he was also president and CEO of Tribune Media Company, one of the country’s leading multimedia companies, operating businesses in publishing, digital and television broadcasting stations nationwide.

Hartenstein was inducted into the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) Class of 2001 and into the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame in 2002. In 2007, he received an Emmy from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for lifetime achievement, and was inducted into the Consumer Electronics Association Hall of Fame in 2008.

The David W. Thompson Lecture in Space provides an annual lecture to recognize a prominent industry leader or senior management who have created or grown a space-related business and generated substantial economic benefits and market value.  This award is sponsored and endowed by Orbital ATK (now Northrop Grumman) to commemorate the long and distinguished career of commercial space pioneer, David W. Thompson. Please visit AIAA’s Honors and Awards Program webpage for more information.

*Image: Eddy W. Hartenstein | National Academy of Engineering

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