Our Philosophy

Infostellar is made up of committed and talented individuals who want to bring real change to the Space industry. We’re fast-paced and flexible and we’re looking for people who can flourish in a start-up environment, regardless of what they were doing before.

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Who we are

We're a diverse group with space, engineering, and startup backgrounds, united by an ambition to build something amazing.

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Why we do it

We're excited by the limitless potential of the space industry, and we believe that we can make it better, more accessible, and more impactful for everyone.

Leadership Team

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Co-Founder/CEO

Naomi Kurahara

Naomi has over a decade of experience in the Space industry. Naomi holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering from the Kyushu Institute of Technology, where she conducted ion engine and space plasma environment research with JAXA. Naomi also worked as a Researcher and Satellite Ground Systems Engineer before going on to found Infostellar in 2016.

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Co-Founder/Board Member

Toshio Totsuka

Toshi has over 40 years of experience in the international distribution and communication equipment manufacturing industry. Since 2014, he has been the appointed CEO of AOR Co., Ltd., mainly involved in multiple national projects for the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, the National Police Agency, and the Japan Coast Guard. He was also involved in the design work for a radio monitoring system for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics.

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Board Member/Airbus Ventures Partner

Lewis Pinault

With a PhD in International Law and Planetary Geophysics from the University of Hawaii, a B.Sc. in Science from MIT and an MS in Economics from LSE, Lewis started his career as an analyst and management consultant. He led the design of incubators and innovation centers such as Digital Catapult, EDS, and Shell for the UK government and served as an advisor to the Satellite Applications Catapult. In 2015, he became a partner in charge of Japan and Asia at Airbus Ventures and in 2017 he led Infostellar''s Series A round of funding and was appointed as an independent director. 

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CSO

Tom Pirrone

Tom has over 38 years of operations experience in the Space Industry.  He was one of the founders of Universal Space Network, the world’s first Ground Station as a Service (GSaaS) provider, now an operating division of the Swedish Space Corporation. Tom’s expertise in Strategic Development and global BD drives Infostellar’s achievements in sales growth and market development. 

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CFO

Noriyuki Okada

At Ernst & Young ShinNihon LLC, Noriyuki was involved in legal audits of NASDAQ-listed companies, IPO preparation, and consulting for establishing internal controls. After independence, he helped startups raise funds and build teams, and in 2011, he joined a classifieds site company as a founding member and worked mainly as a corporate department manager. After returning to Ernst & Young ShinNihon LLC, Noriyuki planned and managed consulting services for startups and carve-out programs for large companies.

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CTO

Steve Montgomery

Steve is a Ground Station as a Service industry veteran with over 30 years of experience building and operating ground stations all over the world. He was a leader in the Universal Space Network team that was acquired by Swedish Space Corporation and remained with the company until joining Infostellar.

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Director of Regulatory Affairs

Andy Fry

Andy has over 30 years of Regulatory, Government Affairs and Business Development experience in the communications industry. He enables Infostellar to provide a wide range of regulatory and licensing support services, and to facilitate onboarding clients and partners to StellarStation.

Our values

Customer Success

We are passionate about serving our customers. We express our passion by being focused on ensuring their success as well as our own.

One Infostellar

We are one team, each member is vital to our mission.  As a team we seek what is best for Infostellar as a whole, rather than what is best for the individual.

Ownership

We are responsible for the company's success. Being proactive improves our company, our product and our customer experience.

Diversity & Inclusion

We are committed to making Infostellar a place where people from all backgrounds feel like they belong and can contribute.  We care about each team member. We embrace different perspectives with respect allowing us to be a more effective team.

Team's experience

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Space and telecommunications

Our small team boasts over 80 years of combined experience in the space industry, from the nuts and bolts of RF engineering to the transnational impact of regulatory affairs and government policy.

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Engineering

With resumes spanning MongoDB, Google, Kymeta, Microsoft and beyond, our team possesses both breadth and depth of engineering experience. 

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International partnerships

Our team has professional experience spanning over 23 countries. Whether it's navigating regulatory regimes or cultural nuances, we are well equipped to tackle the complexities of an inherently global industry.

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