This Space Café WebTalk will feature Maya Glickman-Pariente – CEO, SPACECIALIST, Head of Space Operations, SAS Founder of “My space academy” – in conversation with Torsten Kriening, publisher of SpaceWatch.Global.
“The next generation of space operation – do we really need humans in the loop?”
As we dive deeper (or fly higher) into the era of satellite constellations, with dozens, and sometimes thousands of satellites operated simultaneously by privately owned companies, we see a wind of change in the SatOps business. This change is inevitable. Having dozens of satellite operators is costly as well as time-consuming to scout for the right stuff, train and maintain at high level of performance, and today we have other options that are much more suitable and worthwhile.
Having autonomous satellites, that can make many decisions on their own, as well as smarter ground control tools that can work automatically, most of the time, will allow to have a lean SatOps team that will need to only respond when there is a serious malfunction or a problem that wasn’t solved by the system, or to configure something new. That might also change as we see the evolvement of AI, and we may get to a point where AI can do everything instead of a Satellite operator. Perhaps making this job obsolete?
Maya has a B.Sc. in Aerospace engineering and an M.E. in system engineering from the Technion Institute in Israel. She is a mother of two and has been working in the space industry since the year 2000. She is also an alumnus of the SSP04 ISU summer session program in Adelaide, Australia and was co-chair of the space engineering department during SSP16 that was held in Israel. She is currently the CEO of Spacecialist (the first Israeli privately owned company), as well as the Head of Space Operations at Sky and Space company (SAS).
Maya is a certified STK (Satellite Tool Kit) expert, specializing in astrodynamics and mission analysis, and is considered one of the leading experts in that field in Israel.
Maya is also a senior communications satellite engineer with experience in satellite operations, personnel training (operators and satellite engineers), operational procedure writing and SCC (satellite control centre) optimization. She worked at MBT-SPACE division of Israel Aerospace Industry for 6 years. During this period, she was also part of AMOS-3 Development team, LEOP and IOT mission, and has won 4 business improvement awards.
As part of her job, Maya led a team of operators and engineers providing real time 24/7 situation awareness, station keeping activities, telemetry analysis, 24/7 communication payload services, and more. Maya was also in charge of the EOL design for AMOS-1 satellite and involved in the design, planning, and testing of other AMOS satellites.
Later, Maya was part of the development team that worked on Effective Space Solutions “SpaceDrone” initial operational concept. She was also in charge of the operations design of the of SAS three Diamonds (3D) satellites and is currently, since June 2017, responsible for the successful operations of the 3D satellites including differential drag formation flying as well as the design of the new satellite constellation and SAS network operations concept to be launched in the coming year.
During the past years Maya has founded an online digital space engineering course “My Space Academy” based on the vast experience of both hers and Meidad, her business (and life) partner of over 50 years in the space industry creating an extraordinary course including practical examples.
The audience will have an opportunity to ask questions in conversation with Maya Glickman-Pariente on 14th of March 2023 at 4 PM CET.
SpaceWatch.Global is a Europe-based digital magazine and portal for those interested in space and the far-reaching impact of the space sector.
This Space Café WebTalk will be conducted in English.
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