The Satellite Guru Payan Banazadeh

Payam Banazadeh is the engine behind the Silicon Valley Company building the biggest Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) satellites which aim to assist in offering monitoring services every hour in any corner of the earth. Payam Banazadeh is a graduate from the University of Texas in BS Aerospace Engineering, and a MS in Business and Management from Stanford university.

Payam started as an intern at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory and worked his way up to project manager and flight systems engineer. All these roles have enhanced his skills and capacity, with his role as Lead Project System Engineer Payam Banazadeh developed new concepts and missions which needed management of very complex small satellite systems. This particular role is what would later inform his decisions as he learnt how NASA deploys and manages satellites.

He has won various awards including NASA Mariner Award, NASA Formulation Award and NASA Discovery Award and recently he was on the Forbes 30 under 30 list in 2017 with his company Capella being recognized by Bloomberg, New York Times and Inc magazine among the top 25 disruptive companies world over.

Payam Banazadeh’s MBA in business and management focused on behavioral challenges of running an organization and technical considerations which informs how he has effectively and successfully run his company Capella Space. He was inspired by the news of Malaysian Airline Flight 370 which had disappeared as there was a need to have systems in place to monitor our surroundings, together with his partner they came up with the use of satellites to constantly monitor the globe. Many organizations have adopted these satellite surveillance to better understand any activity happening within.

Payam Banazadeh turned to SAR technology to be able to understand what goes on around our planet plus how technology can be used for the greater good.