Fleet Space announce the appointment of Dr Matteo Genna as its new Chief Technology Officer CTO.
Matteo has been building space and near-space systems for almost 30 years. After gaining his PhD in Physics from University of California, Berkeley, he joined Palo Alto-based SSL (now part of Maxar), where he led teams designing and building high-power GEO communication satellites, LEO imaging satellites and interplanetary spacecraft and systems. Prior to joining Fleet, he headed the Remote Sensing business unit at World View Enterprises, building High Altitude Platforms Systems (HAPS) designed to image and measure the Earth from the stratosphere.
Matteo’s three decades’ technical and commercial experience in satellite systems will be crucial to Fleet’s long-term growth strategy for its revolutionary ExoSphere product, which is already operational with over 30 customers around the world. Following a hugely successful C Series funding round, which raised A$50m, Fleet’s next growth phase is focused on the North American market, where ExoSphere is currently deployed on nickel exploration projects in Michigan, Minnesota and Ontario.
Matteo will be based in Tucson, AZ, adding to Fleet’s existing presence in North America, centered on its HQ in Houston, TX. The company’s first international office outside Australia, this was established following Fleet’s oversubscribed Series B funding round ($26.4million) in November 2021.
Commenting on this new appointment, Flavia Tata Nardini, CEO and Co-Founder, Fleet Space Technologies says, “Matteo is a fantastic addition to our leadership team and joins us at a pivotal moment for our company, as we seek to maximise the commercial potential of our recent successful C Series funding round. His exceptional leadership and innovation in the aerospace industry, coupled with his proven track record of delivering successful constellations and driving the technical roadmap for satellite-enabled services, make him an invaluable addition to our team. Matteo’s deep understanding that space technology serves as an enabler for a wide range of services further strengthens our confidence in realizing our vision. With his expertise guiding our technology strategy, we are well-equipped to continue revolutionizing the landscape of satellite-enabled connectivity solutions. We’re delighted to have him on board and look forward to learning from each other as we move forward.”
Dr. Genna’s addition to the Fleet Space team further solidifies the company’s mission to enable mineral exploration through its advanced satellite constellation, utilizing EXOSPHERE BY FLEET®’s rapid and innovative 3D subsurface imaging capabilities. This technology revolutionizes exploratory drilling, expediting the targeting process while minimizing environmental impact.
Fleet Space remains committed to bolstering its leadership team with industry professionals from various backgrounds, demonstrating its dedication to fostering innovation and delivering exceptional outcomes for valued customers.