Space Industry Veteran Mike Kaplan Named Vice President of Business Development at LeoStella

Mike Kaplan

NASA and Boeing veteran to lead new business development at the satellite constellation manufacturing company

TUKWILA, Wash. (LeoStella PR)LeoStella, a specialized satellite constellation design and manufacturing company, has expanded its leadership team with the addition of Mike Kaplan as vice president of business development. Kaplan will bolster LeoStella’s new business and customer efforts.

Kaplan brings more than 40 years of experience in the space industry, with positions at both government and private organizations. He has served in senior leadership positions at NASA, Boeing, Raytheon Technologies, Ball Aerospace, Space Systems Loral, and most recently, Belcan. Kaplan’s work has involved leading teams in the development of novel technologies such as spacecraft subsystems, spacecraft buses, planetary landers, and robotic satellite servicers.

“We are thrilled to welcome Mike to the LeoStella executive team,” said Mike Hettich, CEO of LeoStella. “His industry expertise and experience with building and managing teams in the space sector are undeniable assets. Mike’s addition to our company will help strengthen our position as a leader in small satellite constellation design and delivery.”


LeoStella Names Aerospace Veteran as CEO

Mike Hettich

Mike Hettich brings three decades of aerospace leadership to the emerging small-satellite manufacturer

TUKWILA, Wash., March 7, 2019 (LeoStella PR) – LeoStella, a joint venture created by Thales Alenia Space and Spaceflight Industries to meet the growing demand for efficient and cost-effective small-satellite production, today announced Mike Hettich has been named as the company’s CEO and has transitioned into the leadership position previously held by Chris Chautard.

Hettich brings more than 30 years of aerospace system design, development and production experience to LeoStella. He will lead the company as it enters the next phase of growth, designing and manufacturing small satellites at scale at its state-of-the-art production facility. The company’s first major undertaking is constructing 20 satellites for BlackSky’s Earth-observation constellation.