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The small satellite industry is grappling with supply chain challenges driven by increased demand for space-related components, particularly in satellite communications and Earth-observation data. Inflation is exacerbating the situation, affecting the feasibility of bringing new constellations to fruition. Furthermore, the limited availability of semiconductors and raw materials, coupled with the industry's complex value chain involving numerous mission builders, manufacturers, suppliers, and providers, contributes to variable performance and failure rates. 

Our panel will discuss how companies are working around these trends, what other trends are playing a role in the supply chain ecosystem, and what the future holds for one of the fastest-growing space segments.


Our panelists:

Jessica Curry, VP supply chain at Sidus Space


Jessica Curry currently serves as a Senior Vice President for Supply Chain and Contracts for Sidus Space, a Space and Defense-as-a-Service satellite company.  Ms. Curry has over 20 years of experience in the aerospace sector working for both government and commercial entities, including NASA, Blue Origin, and Sidus Space.  Prior to Sidus, Ms. Curry managed contracts for NASA, including contracts with a commercial service provider to deploy cubesats and microsatellites from the International Space Station.  Ms. Curry joined Blue Origin in 2022 to manage Procurement/Subcontract Administrator teams as part of Blue’s Integrated Supply Chain Organization where she earned a Liftoff Award for working through various supply chain challenges to support the New Glenn launch vehicle.  Ms. Curry joined Sidus in 2023 to lead the Supply Chain organization with her most recent accomplishment having collaborated with her team to build, test, and integrate the first LizzieSat microsatellite on a Falcon 9 vehicle, set to launch NET March 4, 2024.  Ms. Curry specializes in supply chain management and contracting and is passionate about following the growth of the satellite market.


Jake Cornish, Exo-Launch


Jake Cornish is Exolaunch's US Launch Director. In his current role, and formally as a Mission Manager, he leads the progress, launch, and deployment of small satellites on launch vehicles across the space industry, including the International Space Station. He has coordinated the launch and deployment of 150+ satellites into low Earth orbit, across seven different launch vehicles, collaborating with satellite providers around the globe.


 Kyle Jackson, Exim Bank













Kyle Jackson is the Managing Director of EXIM Bank’s Technology and Digital Infrastructure Team, which is housed in the Bank’s Structured and Project Finance Division.  Kyle was named to this position In December 2019.   Kyle has been with EXIM Bank for close to 3 decades having worked in a number of the Bank’s public facing divisions throughout his career.   Kyle started his career serving in both the Bank’s Domestic and International Business Development Divisions.  In the early 2000s he was recruited into the Bank’s Trade Finance Division, where he was eventually promoted to the position of Senior Credit Officer for the Sovereign and Long-Term Credit Team.  During his time in Trade Finance, Kyle underwrote more than USD$4 billion worth of financing for several diverse asset-classes, including:  construction, commodities, potable water, healthcare, satellites, terrestrial telecommunications and aircraft. Kyle is a graduate of the George Mason University and the Excellence in Government Fellowship Program.


Meeting information:

SSPI Mid-Atlantic is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Small Sats and the Supply Chain - SSPI Virtual Lunch Event
Time: Feb 22, 2024 12:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Meeting ID: 811 6383 2026


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