Satelles provides secure time and location signals from low Earth orbit (LEO) independent of the Global Positioning System (GPS) and other Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS). Satelles created its Satellite Time and Location (STL) service for the purpose of safeguarding against devastating attacks to GPS/GNSS capable of disrupting or disabling electrical grids, wireless communications networks, financial systems, and other private and public infrastructure in ways that seriously imperil the safety and security of our society.
Available anywhere on the planet, the STL service delivers assured positioning, navigation, and timing (PNT) via a secure satellite broadcast signal that is stronger and more secure than other solutions. The company offers assured PNT at levels of stability, reliability, and trust required by commercial enterprises and government entities across a range of critical infrastructure, IoT, and cybersecurity applications. Satelles partners with satellite receiver manufacturers to incorporate STL signal support into today’s latest equipment, bringing the benefits of Satellite Time and Location to customers around the world.
Chief Executive Officer
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 was later formed).
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 (later Novariant, Inc. and subsequently acquired by AgJunction), where he and Satelles President/CTO Dr. Gregory Gutt established the AutoFarm business and brought to market the first products based on this technology. 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 MIT Technology Review as one of the world’s top young innovators and was included in GPS World magazine’s inaugural list of “50 Leaders to Watch in GNSS.” Dr. O’Connor was a 2006 inductee into the Space Technology Hall of Fame.
Michael received his B.S. in Avionics from M.I.T. and his M.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 and CTO
Gregory Gutt (pronounced gōōt) is the President and Chief Technology Officer of Satelles. Satelles is focused on delivering Satellite Time and Location (STL) a resilient PNT capability delivered via the Iridium Satellite Network (the largest satellite network in the world).Greg received his Ph.D. from Stanford University in the field of electrical engineering (1997). His advisors were Prof. Gene Franklin and Prof. Brad Parkinson.After Stanford, Greg became a founder and VP of Engineering at IntegriNautics Corporation (later renamed Novariant). Greg led a team to develop precision GPS guidance systems for farm tractors. The success of that endeavor transformed the company. Greg was the first President of the Autofarm focused company. Later, Novariant became the market leader in high accuracy GPS guidance systems for farming and later merged with AgJunction.In 2001 Greg accepted a position with The Boeing Company and soon became a Technical Fellow. At Boeing, he was the principle creator of the ‘Boeing Time and Location’ technology. Satelles now holds an exclusive commercial license for this technology.Greg holds over 40 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 2005.
Vice President of Operations
Mark is a seasoned professional with more than 30 years experience in operations and information management. Prior experience includes Principal and Executive roles at Digital Globe, Time Warner Cable, 3COM, SGI, as well as others. Mark is a recognized leader in the field of satellite operations and is a Certified Scrum Master through Agile Alliance.
Vice President of Business Development
Doug has over 20 years experience in the defense and aerospace industry. He has an M.S. in Systems Engineering from the University of Southern California; a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of New Mexico, and an MBA from the University of California, Irvine. Doug has a strong leadership history across various senior management roles at Boeing and General Atomics Aeronautical Systems. He was named the Aviation Week Program Excellence Award winner for Program Management in 2017. Additionally, Doug has led key business development activities in the early development phase of Satelles technologies.
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.
Major General Robert E. Wheeler (Air Force, Ret.)
Major General Wheeler most recently served as DoD Deputy Chief Information Officer for Command, Control, Communications/Computers (C4) at the Office Secretary of Defense where he was responsible for leading cyber security modernization and standardization in critical legacy National Security Systems while managing many of the Nation’s most sensitive communications programs. With 32 years of service in the US Air Force, his experience encompasses all facets of combat flying operations, cyber, electronic warfare, nuclear operations, command and control (C2), communications as well as international negotiations. He also has broad leadership and budgeting experience at the Secretary of Defense staff level, interagency, Congress, White House, as well as with our international partners. He is skilled at bringing together unique capabilities and new technologies into novel strategic constructs and shepherding them through the DoD processes.
Major General Wheeler graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a degree in Industrial Engineering and was commissioned in the United States Air Force in 1984. After pilot training he went on to become a combat pilot in the B-52 and B-2. A command pilot with more than 5,000 hours and seven operational commands including Wing Commands in the two largest bomber wings in the US Air Force. Under his leadership, B-2 bombers from the 325th Bomb Squadron were the first group to strike targets in Afghanistan on record breaking 40+-hour combat sorties during the first days of Operation Enduring Freedom.
He served in multiple staff assignments including air campaign analyst for the Air Force Studies and Analysis Agency, and division chief for the Joint Chiefs of Staff for European security issues. In addition, he was the senior military adviser to the U.S. Mission Vienna, Austria for the Organization for Security and Cooperation Europe (OSCE) and served as the senior US military representative to the NATO command & control, communications and cyber board. Retired in March of 2016, after 32 years of service, Major General Wheeler continues serving his country by advising various DoD senior advisory panels and advocating on issues of national importance.