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Roger Roberts

Roger Roberts

President & CEO

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As President and CEO of Hera Systems, Roger is responsible for all business operations including the development and deployment of our Technology Demonstrator mission.

Top industry strategist in competitive business strategy, with proven track record in executive leadership, operating with both Government and Commercial customers, large government contractors and commercial startup businesses.

Held senior executive leadership positions at Boeing: VP and GM, Integrated Defense Systems, and CEO, Boeing Satellite Systems, Sr VP of Space & Intelligence Systems.

CTO for McDonnell Douglas, leading strategic planning, also Chairman of the Board for the McDonnell Douglas Technology Institute.

Roger holds a PhD Engineering, University of California Irvine
BS and MS Physics, University of California.

Dave Squires

Dave Squires

VP Space Systems

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As VP Space Systems, leads the end-to-end architecture development, systems engineering activities for all spacecraft and constellation development including our Technology Demonstrator mission.

Extensive in-depth experience across spacecraft life cycle, from requirements definition, to building and managing engineering teams, risk management and mission assurance assessment.

As 24-year NASA contractor, held senior mission roles and was honored to serve on multiple NASA missions including: LCROSS (Lead Risk Manager), LADEE (EGSE Safety Engineer), GeneSat (Chief Systems Engineer) and O/OREOS (Project Manager)

At Hera Systems, led multiple awarded patents for proprietary design elements of super resolving earth observation nano-satellite.

Consultant to Facebook Connectivity Lab for communication satellite constellation analysis.

Bachelor of Science, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, California State University, Sacramento

Satish Chetty

Satish Chetty

VP Software Systems

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As VP Software Systems, Satish is responsible for all phases of software development.

Extensive experience in space systems software, extreme and embedded engineering solutions, IoT, Security, Telemetry:
Red Hat Software
Sun / Netscape Alliance

Architects, defines, designs, builds, tests, deploys spacecraft flight software, mission operations software and cloud solutions.

Masters in Information Systems from American University (Washington DC)
Bachelors Electrical and Electronic Engineering from University of Madras, India

Kent Johnson

Kent Johnson

Chief Financial Officer

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Serves as Chief Financial Officer for Hera Systems, responsible for financial operations and strategies including board/investor communications.

Financial leader with extensive experience in startup companies and managing day-to-day financial operations as well as developing financial strategies for growth.
EQX Capital, Direct Commerce Inc., Wrightspeed, Inc.

Experience with investment banks, venture capital funds, strategy analysis:
Bear Sterns, MVP Capital, Meritage Funds

MBA from Darden Graduate School of Business Management, University of Virginia
A.B. from Dartmouth College

Joe Thurgood

Joe Thurgood

VP Marketing

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Experienced leader in geospatial technologies, including Photogrammetry, GIS, Airborne & Space-based imaging and applications of GEOINT to government and commercial markets.

Has held senior and executive positions across the geospatial industry, including:

Product Management and Marketing: GIS software, Airborne Frame Cameras, Photogrammetric mapping systems

VP Marketing, DigitalGlobe, responsible for commercial remote sensing market development.

CEO, HJW Geospatial imaging and LiDAR mapping services organization.

MS and PhD Imaging and Photogrammetry, Purdue University, Indiana
BSc Topographic Science, University of Glasgow, Scotland

Phil Datema

Phil Datema

Member, Advisory Board

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Serves on the Advisory Board, focusing on strategic market development and acquisition management.

Majority of 28-year Air Force career spent with the National Reconnaissance Office, serving as R&D director, space planner and architect, and program manager.

At NRO Staff (OSAF/SS) supervised an Air Force/CIA team in analyzing space system requirements and defining future systems, including two revolutionary, congressionally approved space systems concepts.

As program deputy director, supported team of 40 government and over 1200 contractor personnel in acquiring, launching, and operating an advanced satellite, while serving as Shuttle Payload Mission Director at Cape Canaveral for STS Mission 53.

BAE Systems, Vice President, Space and Intelligence, coordinated space solutions across three major business lines.

MS Imaging Science, Rochester Institute of Technology
MBA, University of Utah

Lance Lord

Lance Lord

Chairman, Advisory Board

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General (ret.) Lance W. Lord serves as Chairman, Hera Systems Advisory Board, where he plays an instrumental role in advising and guiding future corporate strategies.

Gen. Lord brings leadership experience earned through a distinguished 37-year career in the U.S. Air Force, including Commander of Air Force Space Command (AFSC), responsible for ballistic missile combat capabilities to North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Strategic Command.

Founder of L2 Solutions, Chairman of OmniTeq, headquartered in Bee Cave, TX.

Serves on the Boards of Aerojet Rocketdyne, Marotta Controls Corporation and Boneal Aerospace.

Bob Higgins

Bob Higgins

Co-Founder & COO

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Co-Founder of Hera Systems and serving as COO, leads day-to-day facilities management and operations.

Business leader with over 30 years of experience in founding and developing startup businesses in Silicon Valley.

Serial entrepreneur in areas of semiconductor equipment manufacturing processes, aerospace, and cold plasma for cleaning agricultural products and packaging.

Holds multiple patents in dynamic cooling and heating using thermo electric technology for semiconductor manufacturing.

Bachelor of Science, San Jose State University

Jeffrey Grant

Jeffrey Grant

Member, Advisory Board

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Grant has served on the board of Space Foundation since 2014 and was elected as Vice Chairman in 2019.
He retired as Sector Vice President and General Manager of Space Systems at Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems, where he was responsible for providing space solutions for civil, military and restricted customers. Grant also held responsibilities for acquisition and execution of all space programs for restricted customers, including the design, build, launch and operations of major systems, as well as managing new business for those customers.

Prior to joining the private sector in positions with Astrolink and TRW, Grant served for 21 years at the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency in positions at the CIA/National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), Directorate of Science and Technology, and Directorate of Intelligence, Office of Scientific Intelligence. During 18 years at the NRO, Grant served as program director for satellite, launch and ground segment development, and was also the Chief Systems Engineer for two space intelligence collection projects.

In addition to his position with the Space Foundation, Grant also serves on the Board of Trustees of The Aerospace Corporation. During his career, he has received numerous awards, including the Distinguished Intelligence Medal, the Intelligence Medal of Merit and CIA Engineer of the Year. Grant earned his B.S. in Ocean Engineering from the Florida Institute of Technology.