Our mission is to deliver secure time and location solutions that augment and enhance existing solutions - including GPS.
Satelles provides unique timing and location solutions delivered over the Iridium® constellation of 66 low-earth-orbiting satellites. These timing and location signals are available anywhere on Earth, without the need for local infrastructure, making the system perfect for augmenting GPS and other location-based technologies. Unlike standard GPS, these high power signals can reach into many building structures. Most importantly, Satelles has customized the Iridium signal-in-space to provide a location-specific signature that can reliably prove (or authenticate) the location of a mobile device or other equipment, while being virtually impervious to spoofing and other attacks.
Dr. Michael O’Connor is the CEO of Satelles, and was a founding member of the Board of Directors of iKare Corporation (from which Satelles has spun out).
Michael is a recognized pioneer in the booming field of precision agriculture. While a graduate student at Stanford University in 1994, Michael led the team that invented the world’s first farm tractor steering control system using GPS. Upon graduation in 1997, Dr. O’Connor co-founded IntegriNautics (now Novariant, Inc), where he and Greg established the AutoFarm business and brought the first products based on this technology to market. This work formed the basis for what is now a $500M+ global market. As Novariant grew to 150+ employees and successfully raised over $70M in venture capital, Michael served in a variety of executive roles at the company, including CTO, Vice President of Business Development, and CEO.
In recognition of his visionary work, Michael has been honored by Technology Review Magazine as one of the world’s Top Young Innovators, and was included in GPS World Magazine’s inaugural list of 50 Faces to Watch in GPS. Dr. O’Connor has also been inducted into the Space Technology Hall of Fame.
Michael received his Bachelor’s degree in Avionics from M.I.T., and his Master’s and Ph.D. in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Stanford University. In addition to his role at Satelles, Michael is currently a Technical Advisor to Peloton, Inc.
President & CTO
Greg Gutt (pronounced gūt) is the President and Chief Technology Officer of Satelles, and was the founder and CEO of iKare Corporation (from which Satelles has spun out). Greg received his Ph.D. from Stanford University in the field of electrical engineering (1997). He spent his years at Stanford working both as a graduate student and as a professional researcher with the Gravity Probe B satellite program. The experiment was the first to verify key predictions of Einstein’s theory of general relativity. Greg’s Ph.D. thesis concerned the development of the extremely sensitive superconducting sensors used in the experiment.
After Stanford, Greg became a founder and VP of Engineering at IntegriNautics Corporation. Greg led a team to develop precision GPS guidance systems for farm tractors. The success of that endeavor transformed the company. Greg became the first President of IntegriNautics Autofarm (now Novariant Inc.). Novariant is the market leader in high accuracy GPS guidance systems for farming with annual revenues of $50M.
Greg left IntegriNautics in 2001 and moved from California to Washington D.C. area to accept a position with The Boeing Company. At Boeing, Greg helped create the ‘Boeing Time and Location’ technology, for which Satelles now holds an exclusive commercial license.
Greg holds over 30 patents in the areas of: satellite navigation, guidance and integrated circuits. Numerous other patent applications are pending. His awards include: Boeing Breakthrough Achievement Award 2008; Boeing Technical Fellow 2006; Space Foundation – Space Technology Hall of Fame, Certificate of Commendation for AutoFarm System, 2006; Boeing Innovation Award for Technical Leadership on the iGPS Program 2005.
Chief Navigation Architect
Dr. David Lawrence is the Chief Navigation Architect for Satelles. He joined Satelles in 2010 and has focused on signal processing and navigation algorithms. Before joining Satelles, David worked for 15 years at Novariant Corporation (previously IntegriNautics) where he was one of the founding engineers. His first role at Novariant was to adapt the IBLS aircraft landing system for TUAV applications. Subsequently, David worked on GNSS navigation processing including SPS, RTK, SBAS, Omnistar integration, attitude, ground-based augmentation systems, and inertial integration.
He was the primary navigation algorithm and software developer for GNSS phase processing used in all aviation and agricultural products at Novariant and prototyped the positioning software for mining products. He spearheaded the development of the first Novariant GPS receiver designs which were the basis for all subsequent Novariant navigation products. He was the technical manager and primary software developer for the X-31 landing navigation system.
David received a B.S. with distinction from Cornell University, a M.S. and Ph.D. from Stanford University’s department of Aeronautics and Astronautics where he won the Hoff Award for outstanding masters degree student. He has been an author on over 20 technical publications and an inventor on 30 patents.
At Stanford, David developed the real-time positioning architecture and software for a successful demonstration of 737 automatic landings using GPS and provided the capability to perform in-flight accuracy assessment for WAAS.
Before Stanford, David worked for IBM where he created physical models and control systems for computer animation applications. While at Cornell, David worked for General Electric Astro Division doing thermal analysis for the EOS program and requirements traceability for the APAE element of Space Station Freedom.
Chief User Equipment Architect
Dr. Stewart Cobb is the Chief User Equipment Architect for Satelles. Stu joined Satelles in 2011 and brings a wealth of expertise and hands-on experience in designing, building, and testing GNSS and other RF hardware receivers.
After earning his undergraduate degree from MIT in Aero/Astro Engineering (Avionics), Stu served six years as an Air Force officer, working with the Space Shuttle at NASA and with experimental spacecraft in Los Angeles. During his military service, he earned an M.S. in Systems Management from USC. He then returned to school full-time, earning M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Aeronautics and Astronautics at Stanford University. His dissertation demonstrated that inexpensive ground-based GPS transmitters (“pseudolites”) could be used to navigate aircraft with centimeter-level accuracy and “nine nines” integrity (less than one chance in a billion of an undetected failure).
Stu helped found IntegriNautics (now Novariant) to commercialize this technology. He led the design team for four generations of pseudolites and five generations of GPS and GNSS receivers, intended for precision guidance of aerospace and ground vehicles. One pseudolite system he developed was sold to Trimble Navigation and is now part of their Mining Solutions product line.
Stu holds a private pilot license and an Extra-class amateur radio license. He is named on at least 18 patents in the fields of satellite navigation and precision guidance and is a co-author of the textbook GNSS for Vehicle Control.
Defense & Infrastructure
John J. Young
John Young brings a broad range of legislative and executive branch experience on defense technology, development and procurement programs to Satelles’ Advisory Board. Young’s prior work has included serving as the Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics; Director of Defense Research and Engineering (DDR&E); and Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisition. Young is a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and serves on boards of the Saab Sensis Corporation, Safran Morphotrak, Georgia Tech Research Corporation, Potomac Institute for Policy Studies, Tenax Aerospace and HDT Global. Young is an advisory board member with Cubic Defense Applications, FedBid, and Pixia; former Senate-appointed member of the National Commission for the Review of the Research and Development Programs of the United States Intelligence Community and is a member of the Georgia Tech Aerospace Engineering Strategic Advisory Committee (AESAC).
Professor Dan Boneh heads the applied cryptography group at the Computer Science department at Stanford University. Dr. Boneh’s research focuses on applications of cryptography to computer security. His work includes cryptosystems with novel properties, security for mobile devices, web security, and cryptanalysis. He is the author of over a hundred publications in the field and is a recipient of the Packard Award, the Alfred P. Sloan Award, the Godel prize, the RSA award in mathematics, the Okawa foundation award and five best paper awards. In 2011 Dr. Boneh received the Ishii award for industry education innovation.
Christina has over 25 years of experience in the telecom industry and previously served as Executive Vice President of Wireless Solutions at Lightower Fiber Networks after the acquisition of Fibertech Networks. Christina was instrumental in Fibertech Network’s success, having been part of the original team at inception. Christina played a key strategic role in building Fibertech from the ground up. Her entrepreneurial drive and leadership led her to develop the wireless sector which was the growth engine for the company, eventually leading to the sale of Fibertech for $1.9B.
Richard W. Perry
Founder of Security Networks, one of the fastest-growing electronic security firms in the U.S. President and CEO until the sale of the company in August, 2013 for $506M to Monitronics Int’l. Built Security Networks through strategic acquisitions and a powerful affiliate model. Prior to founding Security Networks, he was a principal at SLP Capital, a leading specialty finance company serving the security industry.