Ole Dokka is a multidisciplinary leader and strategist, working in the intersection of innovation, design, technology and digital business. He has held leadership positions in several big companies in Norway, among them Telenor and the global energy company, Equinor. In Equinor he was responsible for developing and implementing digital and media strategies, new brand identity, global marketing programmes and open innovation strategies and tactics. This work received multiple Norwegian and international awards. In 2016 he founded Rocket Grace to focus on opportunities for new business, innovation and sustainability enabled by the global space industry. He took on development of a new meeting arena ,cross-industrial conference and brand platform - Spaceport Norway - now the largest space business arena in the Nordics.
Director General, Norwegian Space Agency. Head of Delegation for Norway to ESA Council. Dedicated to the development and modernisation of space industrial policy, and a strong supporter of the principles of level playing field and equal and fair opportunity of competition. Lifelong space enthusiast, excited about the future of space as an important element in development of society and as a source of knowledge and scientific advancement.
Ingun Berget, Vice President of Andøya Space Orbital (soon to be Andøya Spaceport), has managed the project from end of the feasibility study until now the confirmed funding arrived in October 2021. Ingun holds a Master of Science and a Master of Law. She is known to be a fearless changemaker who works hard to implements sustainability in business. With an entrepreneurial mindset and good results from international business (Europa and Africa) both from renewable energy and sporting goods industry, she is now ready to lead the team to deliver a hub for the Norwegian space industry: a commercial spaceport that opens Norway to the future of space.
Arvid Bertheau Johannessen is Lead Human Spaceflight and Exploration at the Norwegian Space Agency (NOSA). He is Norwegian delegate to the European Space Agency’s Programme Board for Human Spaceflight, Microgravity and Exploration (PB-HME), the ESA PB-HME Exploration and Utilisation Board and represents Norway in the International Space Exploration Coordination Group (ISECG). Before joining NOSA he worked with Telenor in the areas of satellite communication, mobile communication, product development, strategy and regulatory issues. He holds a M.Sc. degree from the Technical University of Delft, the Netherlands.
Dr. Sanjay Vijendran is the Mars Strategy Team Leader and Future Mars Studies Coordinator in the Directorate of Human and Robotic Exploration at the European Space Agency (ESA). As a physicist turned space engineer, ge has worked in the area of Mars exploration since 2003, contributing payload to and performing flight operations on the NASA Phoenix Mars mission and since 2009 has been at ESA in the future Mars programme, preparing technologies and mission designs for future European missions post-Exomars. He was the ESA Campaign Lead for the Mars Sample Return programme, shepherding it from the early discussions with NASA in 2016 until it was successfully confirmed as a joint ESA-NASA programme in 2020. Sanjay has since transitioned from MSR to planning for ESA’s future Mars exploration activities in the 2030’s towards the era of human Mars exploration. In recent times, the topic of Space-Based Solar Power and its potential for provision of clean energy for terrestrial as well as in-space uses, including for Moon and Mars exploration, has caught the attention of Dr. Vijendran who is now working to help establish whether the development of such capabilities is in the interest of ESA and Europe in future to support the fight against climate change as well as driving the expansion of the space economy.
Dr. Craig Donlon received a Ph.D. Oceanography (1994) Department of Oceanography, University of Southampton, UK and a B.Sc. First class (Hon) in 1998 at Department of Environmental Science, University of Lancaster. Since 2009 he works at the European Space Agency, ESTEC , the Netherlands as the Principal Scientist for Oceans and Ice at the Earth Observation Programmes Directorate working as Mission Scientist for the Copernicus Imaging Microwave Radiometer (CIMR) Sentinel-3 and Sentinel-6 Missions. Prior to this, he worked in many different areas of satellite oceanography including the Ocean Forecasting Division at the Met Office UK, at the University of Colorado Center for Astrodynamics Research (CCAR) and at the European Commission Joint Research Centre, Italy.
Sebastian Straube is responsible for European Government Relations and Business Development at ISAR Aerospace. His work is focused on providing European Governments and Space Agencies innovative launch solutions for institutional satellite missions. Two of his key focus areas are dedicated to responsive launch and education related missions. He is also the co-author of the European space policy report “Space: Will Europe Awaken?”, which has been published by the French Think Tank, Institut Montaigne. Sebastian contributed to the setup of the German-French Spacefounders Accelerator for Space Entrepreneurs in Europe and continues to support Space Startups as a strategic advisor.
Bernt Skeie joined Prototech as CEO in 2013. Skeie has line management experience from Technology development, Renewable energy, Oil Services and Top Tier consulting firms. He has a deep understanding of the energy market and since joining Prototech very much focuses on clean-tech and Renewable Energy. Skeie has a key role in developing innovative technologies, companies, clusters and catapults in Norway. He has served as both CEO and CFO for listed companies on Oslo Stock Exchange and serves on the Board of Directors of multiple companies and trusts. He is the co-founder and Chairman of the Board at Greenstat ASA – a green energy company set up to “make green happen”. Skeie believes that technology developed for space will play a key role in reducing emission from shipping going forward.
Kjell Arne Aarmo is Lead Galileo Program at the Norwegian Space Agency and represents Norway in different foras in the European Space program. He is also the Norwegian delegate to ESA Program board for Navigation and in the EUSPA administrative board. He has long experience in working for best possible performance and coverage of Galileo and Egnos in Norway and for promoting Norwegian industry in the space programs.
Dr. Tore André Bekkeng has been part of the EIDEL team since 2013. He has throughout his career worked on several ESA and NASA projects, both as a hardware designer and project manager. His scientific background is a PhD in Space Physics from the University of Oslo with specialization on satellite instrumentation.
James Carpenter is Moon Utilisation Manager and Planetary Science Discipline Lead in the European Space Agency’s Directorate of Human and Robotic Exploration. He supports ESA’s work to build up and implement a programme of science and technology activities on the Moon and planetary science activities on ESA’s exploration platforms. These activities should deliver scientific and societal benefits, address the needs of future exploration, and support European participation in the space economy.
Elizabeth Prentice is a new hire at Eidsvoll Electronics, starting this month, and will be managing assembly, integration, and testing (AIT) activities for future space-oriented projects. She is in the final stages of completing her PhD in the Department of Engineering Cybernetics at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. Her research focused on optical remote sensing and mechanical integration for small satellites and robotic agents. She was responsible for hardware development and AIT on the HYPSO-1 hyperspectral CubeSat mission at NTNU. She earned a MSc in Applied Earth Science from TU Delft (Delft, the Netherlands, 2016), a BSE in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI USA, 2011), and has several years experience in dimensional engineering at a design-for-manufacturing consultancy firm.
Ola Eid is co-founder and business developer in Orbital Machines. Orbital Machines is a Trondheim-based company specializing (evt specialising hvis britisk er fortrukket) in electric propellant pumps for small launch vehicles and spacecraft.
Hogne is the CEO and Co-founder of Dynaspace - a Norwegian startup that improves the way the aquaculture industry makes decisions by using data collected from orbit. He has a background in satellite engineering, remote-sensing, microelectronic and space physics. And beyond his space passion, he is an aquaculture enthusiast who believes technology is key to provide healthy, clean and safe food for future generations. Hogne has a master's degree in microelectronics from the University of Bergen, and in his master thesis he designed the digital read-out electronics of the DEEP instrument. An instrument which is to be launched on a satellite to measure energetic electrons and protons in low Earth orbit. Previously graduated from The Arctic University of Norway with a bachelor's degree in satellite engineering, where he designed an ion thruster, electric satellite propulsion for a 3U nano-satellite.
Dr. Tom Nordheim is a research scientist in the Astrobiology and Ocean Worlds research group at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. His work is focused on the science and exploration of icy worlds in the outer solar system. He is a member of the science teams for the Cassini mission to Saturn and the Europa Clipper mission to Jupiter. He is also a member of the project science team for Europa Lander, a mission concept for a robotic lander that would search for signs of life on Jupiter’s ocean moon Europa. When not doing science, Tom works on robots that help us explore extreme environments on Earth, and that will one day allow us to explore exotic locations in our solar system.
Managing Director and the leading technical expert at PaleBlue. Felix Gorbatsevich has been working at technology and software companies including Aker Solutions and Sun Microsystems. Now at PaleBlue, Dr. Gorbatsevich leads the development of Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR), and 3D simulators for industry and space applications.
Ms Filotico has 20 years of experience in management and strategy consulting. She leads SpaceTec Partners strategy practice. She has extensive knowledge of the Space sector, its eco-system and applications/ domains and more generally of the issues related to the space industry along the entire value chain from R&D, to manufacturing, launch, operations and to downstream applications. She has been supporting space institutions including ESA, the European Commission and the GSA on space and industrial policy, market development and entrepreneurship fostering, as well as key European industry players to improve internal capabilities or to grow their business. She is an active member of the European Innovation Council (EIC) Accelerator Jury. Prior to joining SpaceTec, she led Booz&co’s (now Strategy& PWC) Aerospace and Defence practice in Italy and the Space Strategy team in Europe. Ms Filotico is an Aerospace engineer, with MSc in space system engineering.
Amund Gjersvik graduated with an MSc in electronics from NTNU in 2007. After a number of years in marine seismic surveying he returned “home” to NTNU in 2013 to work with project management and electronic development for the university’s CubeSat project. Since then he has been involved in the space technology related activities at the department of electronic systems (IES). His current position is senior engineer at IES. Amund is facilitating a master’s level course where students develop their team working skills while working on a space related project (EiT – Romteknologi). He is currently responsible for the electronics and development lab at NTNU SmallSat Lab. His main task is designing, testing, and documenting electronics to be used in the upcoming HYPSO satellites, as well as developing ground support equipment to be used during the development and testing phase.
Lars has a broad experience from various management roles from international high-tech oriented companies including the medical device industry and space industry. In his current role, he serves as a department manager in Inventas, Asker that deliver services to various technology development companies, including space-industries. He has worked both in early phase/startup companies and in commercial successful companies with long track record. Key technologies he has worked on include fingerprints, identification technology, medical device technology, environmental technology (reverse vending), and high-end video-conferencing systems.
Currently a PhD student in engineering cybernetics with interest in such fields as computer vision and Image Processing, Artificial Intelligence, Data Science, Big Data Analytics, Robotics and Control System Design, and more …
Dr. Morgan Cable is the Ocean Worlds Program Area Scientist for the Planetary Mission Formulation Office, and supervisor of the Astrobiology and Ocean Worlds Group at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. She worked on the Cassini Mission as a Project Science Systems Engineer, and is currently a Co-Investigator on the Dragonfly Mission to Saturn’s moon Titan and a Collaborator on the Europa Clipper Mission. Morgan’s research focuses on organic and biomarker detection, through both in situ and remote sensing techniques. She also conducts field work in extreme environments on Earth, searching for life in places such as the Atacama Desert, the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro and the lava fields in Iceland.
Eivind Heggset works as a regional manager at Samsung Electronics and has been part of Orbit NTNU since 2020 as CEO and Chairman of the board. He has worked on creating new projects and opportunities in the space sector for students through both national and international collaborations. His mission is to establish Orbit as an important actor in the Norwegian space race, laying the groundwork for Norway's critical role in the upcoming European space industry"
Torbjørn Bratvold is an Electrical engineering graduate student at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. He has been part of Orbit NTNU since 2019 and is currently working as the Project Manager for FRAMSat-1, while also engaged in the HYPSO team at NTNU. Torbjørn works towards the success of his team and the next generation of space engineers in Orbit NTNU
Two decades of working with sustainable, green technology, solutions, organisations and companies. A couple of historic highs: Cofounder and CEO of Zaptec - electric car charging infrastructure, today a billion NOK listed company. Cofounder and CEO of Desert Control - greening the desert with innovative agritech. Maybe the most important project in todays world. Now board member. Head of Hydrogen in Statoil (Equinor) - building Norway's first public hydrogen station in 2006 and producing a hydrogen concept sportscar called FYK. Cool, but Hydrogen seems continuously to be the fuel of the future... While working with green solutions for our home planet Earth, my other passion is Space tech, astronomy and cosmology. Humans are happy explorers living on a grain of dust in the outer rim of the Milky Way.
Have participated in several company startups. Worked with sales of complex computer systems for mid-marked company's in Norway for 9 years. Last 12 years been working on a Cloud based Identity Management System in Identum AS. Investor in Zaptec, Otovo, Orbital Machines, Kaukus, Norse Atlantic Airways and Bye Aerospace. Now heads an electric aviation company. Always looking for good business cases in the space sector.
Jakob Lange is a Partner at BIG and has collaborated with Bjarke Ingels since 2003. As a Project Leader for several award-winning projects, Jakob has been instrumental to many of BIG’s largest commissions. He led the design and development of The Mountain mixed-use residences in Copenhagen, completed in 2008, and serves as Partner-in-Charge on Hyperloop in Dubai. Jakob Lange is the office’s Space Expert and is currently working on several space projects with NASA, e.g., Mars Dune Alpha – a 3D printed habitat, Project Olympus – the first moon habitat, Mars Research City in Dubai - the first prototype of Martian architecture on Earth, where an exhibition and learning center will be combined with research facilities for developing new building methods and self-sustaining off-grid communities. Mars City in the United Arab Emirates will represent the start of a Martian vernacular architecture on Earth.
Sheikha is a 3rd year electrical engineering student, as well as being the president of Space NTNU. I have always had a burning interest in anything space related. After getting a telescope for Christmas at the age of 10, the desire to learn more increased. It is exciting to be a part of the space environment while being a student. I was a part of the avionics team of the rocketry team Propulse NTNU 2021, and am currently mentoring team 2022.
Petter Evju Skanke is an Adviser on Earth Observation at the Norwegian Space Agency (NOSA). He was recently a Young Graduate Trainee (YGT) at the European Space Agency (ESA), and he holds an MSc in Applied Physics from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). Petter is passionate about using satellite data to better understand and solve our biggest and most urgent challenges.
Bjarte G. B. Solheim. Senior researcher and head of space at Prototech AS. Through studies and work, Solheim has worked with space for a number of years. Unlike Matt Damon, who played a botanist and astronaut in the movie "The Martian", Solheim can actually say that he has grown plants in space. He has also flown weightless with fish in parabolic flights. Solheim has been employed by Prototech since 2009, and in addition to his role as head of aerospace, has led a number of projects ranging from the development of structures for space telescopes, plants in space, and in recent years - the development of regenerative fuel cell systems for aerospace.
Gunnar Maehlum is the CEO at IDEAS. He holds a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Oslo and has a broad background from positions at CERN, the University of Karlsruhe and the University of Perugia. He joined IDEAS ASA in 1997 where he worked in technical, scientific and managerial positions. Prior to his current role, he has been Vice President of Research at Gamma Medica Inc. and General Manager of Gamma Medica-Ideas (Norway) AS.
Øyvind Brandtsegg is a composer and performer working in the fields of computer improvisation and sound installations. He has a deep interest in developing new instruments and audio processing methods for artistic purposes, and he has contributed novel extensions to both granular synthesis, feedback systems, and live convolution techniques. Brandtsegg has participated on more than 25 music albums in a variety of genres. Since 2010 he is a professor of music technology at NTNU, Trondheim, Norway.
Together with Magnus in 2016, founded Moina the company which later became Ntention. Moina is visionary and enlightened. With a creative way of working and living, Moina’s progressive field of vision is essential to bring Ntention to a state-of-the-art company. Give him 10 minutes to talk about his visions of the future and you’re either terrified or enthusiastic, either way you are persuaded. Moina is a designer soul and loves new and radical trends. He has collaborated with some of the greatest artist in the leading cultural designer community in Norway.
Øystein Runde (1979) creates comics that mix technological visions, alternative societies and Norwegian history. A hallmark of his series has been exploring genres that are underrepresented in Norway, such as Viking action in Olav Sleggja, body horror in Margarin (with co-author Kristopher Schau) and new twists on steampunk in the books De Fire Store (drawn by Geir Moen) and Futen (designed by Knut André Solberg), who both won the Ministry of Culture's award for best comic book novel. They will be available for purchase at Spaceport. With the research he put into his series, the transition to factbook was short, and in 2017 he wrote and drew Stem Cells - the body's superheroes. To research his next scifi project, COSMIC BULLET, he is creating an English-language podcast, Wunderdog, in which he interviews researchers such as Philip Lubin (Breakthrough Starshot), Cynthia Philips (Europe clipper) and Robin Hanson (the great filter / Age of Em). This is funded by supporters at patreon.com/runde. At Spaceport, he will present the Cosmic Bullet for the first time.