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AIAA awarded Maxar CTO the David W. Thompson Lecture in Space Commerce

The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) awarded Dr. Walter Scott, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Maxar, the David W. Thompson Lecture in Space Commerce.

Remco Takken November 17, 2021
Maxar CTO Dr. Walter Scott Awarded the David W. Thompson Lecture in Space Commerce by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

‘A prominent industry leader who has created a space-related business and generated substantial economic benefits and market value’. These are the words of recognition that accompanied the annoucement. Dr. Scott delivered his lecture, “Birth of the Remote Sensing Industry,” on November 15, during AIAA’s 2021 ASCEND conference. He is the founder of WorldView Imaging, which became DigitalGlobe and then Maxar. As such, Scott was a preeminent figure in the establishment of the commercial Earth Observation industry. His lecture detailed how satellite imagery and analytics evolved over the years. It grew out from a secretive government enterprise to a multibillion-dollar global industry that has contributed significant societal benefits over thirty years. The lectureship honor came on the heels of the news of Scott’s upcoming induction as a member of Class of 2022 AIAA Associate Fellows.

Watch Dr. Walter Scott’s lecture “Birth of the Remote Sensing Industry,” on November 15, during AIAA’s 2021 ASCEND conference.

Member of Class of 2022 AIAA Associate Fellows

“This distinguished group of individuals exemplify passion and dedication to advancing the aerospace profession,” said AIAA President Basil Hassan. “Each of them was selected because of their significant and lasting contributions to the field. They are truly shaping the future of aerospace.” One can become an Associate Fellow, as an AIAA Senior Member in good standing. This means having at least 12 years of professional experience, and being recommended by three current Associate Fellows. The induction will happen in early January 2022. “Maxar owes much of its tremendous success over a span of nearly three decades to Walter’s vision and tireless efforts in all facets of the business,” said Maxar CEO Dan Jablonsky. “He is an invaluable member of our leadership team, focused on enabling the capabilities that will serve the mission needs of our customers for many years to come.”

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