The U.S. space sector is in a period of unusual technological ferment, especially in the national security segment of the business. Orbital and ground assets are being fortified to make them more resilient. Small satellites are supplementing and may soon replace many high-end, “exquisite” spacecraft. Agile software and advanced algorithms are being used to tease out every implication of overhead collections. Against that backdrop, Kristin Robertson, a 28-year veteran of Boeing, has recently been made the president of Raytheon Space & C2 Systems. Raytheon has been investing heavily in space as it consolidates heritage activities in a bid to become a dominant player in its addressed markets. Robertson, who long has wanted to work in the space arena, now gets to lead that effort. She looks poised to give Raytheon’s competitors in the space market good reason to be worried. I have written a commentary for Forbes here.
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