Stephen Spengler, who takes over as Intelsat's CEO come April, doesn't minimize the difficulties the erstwhile top FSS operator faces. But he also stressed the renewed dynamism of the satellite telecom sector as SpaceX, Facebook, Google and others investigate ways to provide Internet connectivity worldwide.
NASA veteran Dan Rasky was on loan to SpaceX when he witnessed first hand just how quickly SpaceX can make a decision when the company's chief executive and founder Elon Musk is at the table.
Rep. Jim Bridenstine, who emerged in 2014 as a central figure in the budding commercial weather satellite business, is poised to exert more influence in 2015.
AAS is pushing hard to attract the 35-and-under crowd, on behalf of both itself and the space industry at large.
With the OCO-2 spacecraft in orbit and initial checkout running smoothly, Crisp says he is looking forward to returning to his role as a scientist, analyzing data and contributing to greater understanding of Earth and its climate.