Executive Leadership

Executive Leadership

Dino Lorenzini, CEO and Chairman

Americans have been involved in space for over 50 years now … and Dr. Lorenzini has been there for all of them, developing and managing complex space systems.

During his career as an officer in the U.S. Air Force, Col. Lorenzini held senior management responsibilities for several major space development projects, including the Apollo Lunar Module, the Peacekeeper Missile Guidance and Control System, the NAVSTAR Global Positioning System, the High Energy Space Based Laser and the Strategic Defense Initiative System. As Director of the Pilot Architecture Study, Dr. Lorenzini led the technical efforts of over 75 leading scientists and engineers in the conceptual design and analysis of a National Ballistic Missile Defense System.

Dr. Lorenzini was also Founder and President of EYETEL International, the very first low-Earth orbit satellite system for worldwide asset tracking and environmental monitoring, where he guided the project's concept formulation, licensing, funding, development and operation. Dr. Lorenzini also conceived the initial technical design for the Ellipso mobile satellite voice system.

He received his Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Astronautical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and a BS degree in Engineering Science from the USAF Academy. He also earned an MBA in Business Administration and Executive Management from Auburn University in Alabama.


Mark Kanawati, Director

Mr. Kanawati is currently the Vice President of Engineering for SpaceQuest, Ltd., the technology provider for Aprize Satellite. With over 20 years experience in VHF/UHF radio communications, Mr. Kanawati has been extensively involved with the development, operation and use of low-Earth orbit (LEO) satellites. He has been responsible for the design, assembly, integration and testing of several small satellite communications terminals. He also directed the development, installation and operation of a Microsat Command Station for controlling one of the world's first commercial LEO satellites. And he was the Principal Investigator for the development and delivery of portable ground terminals to the National Science Foundation for use in Antarctica to provide communications support to fixed sites and remote field parties.

Mr. Kanawati has detailed knowledge, understanding and hands-on experience with nanosatellite design and construction; parts and materials selection, procurement and screening; spacecraft systems assembly and integration; launch vehicle integration and spacecraft preparation; and post-launch on-orbit and telemetry analysis.