BOSTON (Tomorrow.io PR) — The Tomorrow Companies Inc. (“Tomorrow.io”), developer of a leading platform for global weather and climate security, today announced the addition of former NASA astronauts Dr. Kathryn Sullivan and Steve Smith to the company’s advisory board.
Dr. Sullivan was the Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). She was appointed by President Biden to the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. Mr. Smith was Deputy Chief of the NASA Astronaut Corps, served as a U.S. Diplomat overseas for 12 years, and is now a Director of the International Space Station U.S. National Laboratory.
In December, Tomorrow.io announced plans to list on Nasdaq through a merger with Pine Technology Acquisition Corp. (“Pine Technology”) (Nasdaq: PTOC, PTOCW, PTOCU). Upon closing of the transaction, Tomorrow.io’s common stock and warrants are expected to trade on Nasdaq under the new ticker symbols “TMW” and “TMWW”.
Dr. Sullivan and Mr. Smith both bring unique and valuable perspectives to Tomorrow.io’s business strategy and execution, including the company’s plan to launch a first-of-its-kind constellation of radar-equipped satellites starting in late 2022.
“It is a great honor to have two American heroes supporting the mission of our company,” said Shimon Elkabetz, Co-founder and CEO of Tomorrow.io. “Their guidance and inspiration will help us develop and evolve the tools and technology that countries, businesses and individuals need to mitigate the growing threats of weather and climate extremes.”
Dr. Sullivan flew on three Space Shuttle missions and was the first American woman to walk in space. She is the first person to both orbit the planet and reach the deepest point in the ocean, the Challenger Deep, which she reached in a submersible dive in 2020.
As NOAA Administrator from 2014 to 2017 and NOAA Chief Scientist from 1993 to 1996, Dr. Sullivan presided over advances in U.S. weather models, environmental observations, and weather and climate services, including engagement with the private sector. She is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and serves on multiple boards including Accenture Federal Services and the National Audubon Society.
“I’m deeply impressed by the technology and team at Tomorrow.io,” said Dr. Sullivan. “Their weather intelligence technology and upcoming satellite constellation are at the forefront of the innovation we need to address the enormous challenges and opportunities of extreme weather and a changing climate.”
Mr. Smith’s seven spacewalks, totaling more than 49 hours, ranked third on the all-time worldwide spacewalk duration list at the completion of his flying career. From 2003 to 2015, Mr. Smith served as NASA Space Station Liaison to the European Space Agency and a U.S. Diplomat working with the Russian and European space programs. He was then then the Associate Director for Space Station at NASA Ames from 2015 to 2017.
Mr. Smith is the only person to enter the Astronaut Corps with an MBA. He is a consultant on space, business and engineering to prominent Silicon Valley venture capitalists. He also serves as director on multiple boards including Blue Sky Network and the Lindbergh Foundation.
“I knew from age 7 that I wanted to be an astronaut, and for the next 26 years I pursued that big goal despite big obstacles and setbacks with grit, creativity and determination,” said Mr. Smith. “I see those same characteristics in Tomorrow.io’s pursuit of better weather intelligence and a revolutionary satellite constellation. Tomorrow.io is well positioned to succeed in today’s business world which, like the environment in space, is unpredictable, complicated, fast-paced and dynamic.”
Tomorrow.io is The World’s Weather and Climate Security Platform, helping countries, businesses, and individuals manage their weather and climate security challenges. Fully customizable to any industry impacted by the weather, customers around the world including Uber, Delta, Ford, National Grid, and more use Tomorrow.io to dramatically improve operational efficiency. Tomorrow.io was built from the ground up to help teams prepare for the business impact of weather by automating decision-making and enabling climate adaptation at scale. To learn more, please go to: www.tomorrow.io
About Pine Technology Acquisition Corp.
Pine Technology Acquisition Corp. is a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) formed for the purpose of targeting one or more businesses for its initial business combination. Pine Technology is led by CEO and Director Christopher Longo, the Founder and CEO of tech-focused commercial insurance managing general agent and brokerage, Novum Underwriting Partners, and the former CIO and COO of AmTrust Financial Services, Inc. (AmTrust) and non-Executive Chairman Adam Karkowsky, who currently serves as the President of AmTrust. Pine Technology Acquisition Corp. was founded in December 2020 and its Units, Class A common stock and warrants are listed on the Nasdaq under the symbols PTOCU, PTOC, and PTOCW, respectively. To learn more, please go to: www.pinetechnology.com