The Institute of Space Commerce welcomes its first three Fellows: Ian Christensen; Robert Jacobson; and Mark Matossian Ph.D.

Ian Christensen is Director of Private Sector Programs at the Secure World Foundation (SWF) and is a noted leader in the field of commercial space, satellite, and space sustainability. At the SWF, he is responsible for leading SWF’s engagement activities with the commercial space industry.  Ian is a graduate of the International Space University.

Space investor and entrepreneur, Robert Jacobson is the author of the recently published guide to the growing space industry, ‘Space Is Open For Business’.

Dr. Mark Matossian has worked on 10 satellite constellation ventures in telecom, optical imaging and synthetic aperture radar (SAR). He is also a Silicon Valley veteran of 20 years, covering terrestrial telecom and IT startups, and the scaling up of Google. Mark is a graduate of the International Space University.

“The fellowship program is a cornerstone of the Institute’s goal of bringing multiple perspectives and collaborative research to the analysis of space commerce. These fellows and those to follow will help people inside and outside the sector better understand the challenges and opportunities we confront.”, said Dr. Michael Simpson, the Institute’s director.

 “As space commerce matures – it offers tremendous potential to deliver new benefits to our global society. I look forward to working with my colleagues in the Institute’s Directors and Fellows in contribution to this potential.”, said Ian Christensen.

“I am honored to be joining the Institute of Space Commerce  as a new fellow. Space commerce offers an incredible and unique value proposition for Earth civilization and beyond”, said Robert Jacobson.

“I am especially grateful to be elected as a Fellow at the Institute for Space Commerce.  Space is hard, so we are often narrowly – and necessarily – focused on the minutiae of aerospace because it is an unforgiving endeavor for even small errors.  However, we must also be extraordinarily cognizant of the macro opportunities for social impact and commercial success in entirely new and innovative ways.  The Institute for Space Commerce is a much needed venue for not only facilitating this conversation, but also formulating exciting new space ventures.  I am honored to join the Institute for Space Commerce as one of the inaugural Fellows.”, said Mark Matossian, Ph.D.

The new US Institute of Space commerce is affiliated with the International Space University’s International Institute of Space Commerce on the Isle of Man in the British Isles.