Impulse Space Propulsion Names Industry Veteran Barry A. Matsumori Chief Operating Officer

Barry Matsumori

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (Impulse Space Propulsion PR) — Impulse Space Propulsion – a Space 2.0 pioneer providing agile, economical last-mile space payload delivery capabilities – is pleased to announce the appointment of Barry A. Matsumori to Chief Operating Officer (COO). An industry veteran with decades of experience in mobile wireless and Space 2.0 sectors, Barry will be a key member of Impulse’s executive team, instrumental in driving Impulse’s mission to become the go-to leader for in-space transportation of satellites to optimal orbits.

“We are super excited to welcome Barry to the team,” says Impulse Founder Tom Mueller, a renowned industry visionary who was a founding member of SpaceX. “Barry brings it all: inspirational leadership qualities, deep industry experience and high energy. His unique ability to create momentum out of thin air and motivate people to ride the wave will be a tremendous contribution to Impulse as we accelerate the transition to the use of inner solar system resources to protect Earth.”

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Space Micro Lands Space Development Agency Contract for Optical Communications

SAN DIEGO, February 23, 2022 (Voyager Space PR) — Voyager Space Inc. (Voyager), a space technology company with nearly 20 years of spaceflight heritage, and Space Micro, Inc., powered by Voyager and a provider of digital, electro-optic and communications systems for satellites, deep space exploration and other space equipment, today announced an award from the Space Development Agency (SDA) for a 24-month development contract for advanced one-to-many optical communications using Managed Optical Communication Array (MOCA) technology to support Low Earth Orbit (LEO) constellations. Space Micro partnered with BridgeComm Inc., a global leader in optical wireless communications solutions and services.

“We are thrilled that SDA has selected Space Micro, along with our outstanding partners at BridgeComm,” said David Strobel, Executive Chair of Space Micro. “We are looking forward to further testing our technology to enhance the overall architecture in LEO.”

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BridgeComm Names Rich Tortorelli as Chief Systems Engineer

Veteran in Large Scale Constellation Design and Development of Space Systems Joins Leader in Optical Wireless Communications to Spearhead Satellite Optical Communications Product Development

DENVER, February 10, 2022 (BridgeComm PR) — BridgeComm, Inc., a leader in optical wireless communications (OWC) solutions and services, today announced that Rich Tortorelli will join the company as a chief systems engineer. Having developed, managed and executed 160 plus satellites with space-based constellations, Tortorelli brings thirty years of invaluable experience to BridgeComm to enhance its OWS space produce development efforts.

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HySpecIQ Selects BridgeComm’s High-Speed Optical Solutions for Satellite Constellation Integration

DENVER, October 4, 2021 (BridgeComm PR) — BridgeComm, Inc., a leader in optical wireless communications (OWC) solutions and services, today announced that it will enter into a strategic agreement with HySpecIQ, a satellite-powered hyperspectral analytics company. BridgeComm’s high-speed optical downlink was selected for integration on HySpecIQ’s new low earth orbit (LEO) constellation.

BridgeComm’s laser communications downlink terminals and network of optical ground stations, will enable ultra secure, ultra fast, very high data transmission capabilities necessary for the HySpecIQ mission.

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BridgeComm Enters Into Strategic Partnership With Space Micro

Leader in optical wireless communications joins forces with key supplier to many lunar missions ranging from NASA LADEE, Google Lunar X Prize (Beresheet), and NASA Artemis programs with point-to-multipoint capabilities to advance innovation in space.

DENVER (BridgeComm PR) — BridgeComm, Inc., a leader in optical wireless communications (OWC) solutions and services, today announced it has entered into a strategic new teaming agreement with Space Micro, Inc., a trusted provider of affordable and highly reliable precision-engineered and manufactured communications, electro-optic and digital systems for satellites and spacecraft. A collaborative and mutually beneficial partnership, BridgeComm and Space Micro will focus on the design, development and testing of U.S. Government and commercial optical wireless communications (OWC) programs and equipment and more.

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Matsumori Leaves Virgin Galactic, Joins BridgeSat

Barry Matsumori

BOSTON, July 12, 2017 (BridgeSat PR) – Allied Minds plc (LSE: ALM) today announces the appointment of Barry Matsumori as CEO of BridgeSat, Inc. (BridgeSat) effective 17 July 2017. The appointment follows the successful Series A funding round announced by BridgeSat on 5 May 2017. BridgeSat, an Allied Minds subsidiary, was founded on technology sourced from The Aerospace Corporation, seeking to revolutionise satellite data downlinking with an advanced optical communications network. Delivering faster, more reliable and affordable data transmission to the rapidly growing low earth orbit (LEO) satellite sector, will enable a new era of applications and services.

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Virgin Galactic Taps Tim Buzza to Lead LauncherOne Program

George Whitesides
George Whitesides

With Virgin Galactic President Steve Isakowitz heading out the door for the Aerospace Corporation, CEO George Whitesides has made an interim appointment in the meantime.

“I have asked Tim Buzza, the program director of LauncherOne, to step up and lead our LauncherOne enterprise as we search for Steve’s successor. Tim joined Virgin Galactic in 2014, and has led the overall program management of LauncherOne since early 2015. Prior to joining Galactic, Tim served as the Vice President of Launch and Test at SpaceX, in addition to prior leadership roles at Boeing and McDonnell Douglas. Tim will be supported by our Senior Vice President of Business Development and Advanced Concepts, Barry Matsumori, who was previously SpaceX’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Business Development, as well as key roles at Qualcomm, Space Systems Loral and General Dynamics.”

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LauncherOne’s Long & Winding Road to Orbit: A Timeline

LauncherOne stage separation. (Credit: Virgin Galactic)
LauncherOne stage separation. (Credit: Virgin Galactic)

If the current schedule holds, Virgin Galactic’s revamped LauncherOne program will enter commercial service sometime in 2018 after roughly a decade of development. During that period, the program has been redefined several times, lost two of the key people hired to lead it, and changed its launch platform from WhiteKnightTwo to a jumbo jet. The estimates for the initial flight tests also have slipped by about  four years from 2013 to 2017.

Below is a timeline of the program’s major events, milestones, announcements, hires and departures, and other things. Feel free to let me know if I’ve missed anything significant.

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Virgin Galactic Hires SpaceX, Qualcomm Vet to Run Launch Program

Barry Matsumori
Barry Matsumori

LONG BEACH, Calif., August 19, 2015 (Virgin Galactic PR) – Virgin Galactic, the privately-funded space company owned by Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group and Abu Dhabi’s Aabar Investments PJS, is pleased to welcome Barry Matsumori as Senior Vice President of Business Development and Advanced Concepts for the LauncherOne satellite launcher service.

Matsumori joins Virgin Galactic with more than 25 years of experience in technology and development. Prior positions include Senior Vice President Sales & Business Development at Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) and Qualcomm’s Vice President, Wireless Connectivity. His Qualcomm responsibilities included the development of mobile telecom module products as well as satellite communication infrastructure and terminals.

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