Christopher G. Bryan began his career in 1982 with Lockheed Corporation supporting the Air Force Satellite Control Network (AFSCN) Space Test Program. While at Lockheed, he held lead positions as a Planner/Analyst, Mission Controller, and Orbit Analyst, including Lead Orbit Analyst for the Strategic Defense Initiative’s successful Relay Mirror Experiment (RME).
In 1993 he left Lockheed to help found KinetX. Since then, he has worked on many key projects for KinetX including Iridium, the SBIRS Low missile defense simulation, and MUOS, earning several individual and group achievement awards. Chris currently works in KinetX’s Space Navigation and Flight Dynamics group, and is the Navigation Team Chief for the MESSENGER spacecraft which is currently in orbit around the planet Mercury. While at KinetX, Chris has held many senior management positions including Contracts Manager, Export Control Officer, CFO, Chairman, and President. Chris has served as a Director of KinetX for over 20 years and is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors.
Chris has a B.S. in Physics from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and an M.S. in Computational Physics with emphasis in Astrodynamics from San Jose State University.
Mr. Stakkestad received both his bachelor and master degrees in mathematics from the University of California at Davis, and then accepted a position as a staff orbit analyst at Lockheed Missiles and Space Company (LMSC). He produced orbit-planning products for an array of operational satellite programs run by the Air Force, NASA, and SDI.
In 1992, Mr. Stakkestad and a small team of engineers developed a prototype satellite ground system using off-the-shelf hardware and software products to demonstrate that a robust satellite ground system could be rapidly, cheaply, and reliably developed. This prototype was used as the example for the future development of the AFSCN satellite ground systems. His work on the prototype included implementation of the orbital dynamics portion of the ground system including development of the operational rule base.
In 1993, Mr. Stakkestad left LMSC to help found KinetX Aerospace and serve as its first President and Chief Financial Officer. As the orbit dynamics lead for the development of the IRIDIUM satellite ground control system, he developed the initial orbital dynamics requirements for the ground system. He led the orbit trade study that chose the company to implement the requirements, worked as the liaison between the development and operational staffs, and was part of the initial operations team that assembled the IRIDIUM constellation. Mr. Stakkestad also led a variety of KinetX Aerospace software, hardware, and system engineering projects for the IRIDIUM project.
After leaving the IRIDIUM project, he worked on new business development for KinetX Aerospace and assisted Spectrum Astro in the design of the satellite constellation and ground system architecture for the SBIRS Low project. He has written a number of papers on effective satellite operations and autonomy for large satellite constellations, a subject with which he is still actively involved.
Joe Hoffman is the Chief Technical Officer (CTO) for KinetX Aerospace, and has over 35 year of experience in the Aerospace and Defense industry. Joe has considerable experience in military networks, communication systems development, leadership, execution and product design with a superb skill set for product roadmap definition, development and customer interfacing.
Mr. Hoffman studied Aerospace Engineering at the University of Arizona and holds a BS in Computer Science (emphasis in artificial intelligence for aerospace engineering applications), completed the master program in Human System Interfacing (HSI) from University Southern California and holds a MS in Telecommunication from Southern Methodist University