ANTONIO J. BUSALACCHI takes over Aug. 1 as president of the UNIVERSITY CORPORATION FOR ATMOSPHERIC RESEARCH. He joins Boulder, Colorado-based UCAR from the University of Maryland, where he is professor of atmospheric and oceanic science and director of the Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center. UCAR has been without a president since Tom Bogdan departed last summer.
MARTIN C. FAGA, the former NATIONAL RECONNAISSANCE OFFICE director who led the U.S. spy satellite agency through the 1992 declassification of its existence, was awarded the U.S. Geospatial Intelligence Foundation’s Arthur C. Lundahl-Thomas C. Finnie Lifetime Achievement Award during the foundation’s annual conference.
Mike Gold bounces from Bigelow to SSL
“Space Systems Loral is steeped in the commercial world and can bring the benefits of private sector innovation and affordability to NASA and DoD programs while still providing the highest standards in quality and reliability,” says Mike Gold, SSl’s new vice president of Washington operations. “The opportunity to take part in this exciting growth opportunity for SSL in D.C. was extraordinarily attractive to me.
“Satellite servicing and the orbital assembly of satellites have the potential to transform not just the space industry but our daily lives, and I want to be a part of that,” he said.
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: For 13 years Gold ran D.C. operations for Bigelow Aerospace, a firm he previously represented as an associate at Patton Boggs. Before that, he worked for McGuire Woods where he represented Rotary Rockets and supported efforts to bring Lockheed’s VentureStar to Wallops Island.
EDUCATION: University of Pennsylvania Law School and Brandeis University.
PERSONAL: “As everyone knows, I’m a diehard Red Sox fan and the proud father of the 2016 Northwest (D.C.) Little League Hitting and Pitching Champion who I have high hopes will be the first astronaut to play baseball on the Moon.”