Former Universal Space Network (USN) and World View Executive Tom Pirrone joins Infostellar

TOKYO Japan and Philadelphia (USA) - Infostellar, the Ground-Segment-as-a-Services (GSaaS) provider, is pleased to announce that Tom Pirrone has joined the company as its Chief Strategy Officer. 

"With a deep understanding of the global GSaaS marketplace and a keen eye for innovative and disruptive technologies, Tom is an exceptionally good fit for our company.”

says Infostellar Founder and CEO, Naomi Kurahara. Kurahara added,

“He also  brings a wealth of space industry knowledge and strategic business development experience which is crucial to Infostellar at this juncture in our development.”

With more than 38 years of experience in the space industry, Tom has held previous executive roles at several space startups. Most notably, he was a member of the founding management team of Universal Space Network (USN), the world’s first commercial GSaaS company founded in 1996 by Apollo XII commander Pete Conrad. He was an instrumental part of the management team that took the company from an industry startup through profitability and on to a successful acquisition by the Swedish Space Corporation (SSC) in 2009. Tom remained with SSC in various executive roles until 2016. 

Most recently, Tom Pirrone held the position of SVP Business Development for World View Enterprises, the Stratospheric flight services company based in Tucson, Arizona.

Pirrone said:

"I am honoured to join the Infostellar team as its CSO. Naomi Kurahara is a visionary leader and is unique in our industry as a pioneering founder and CEO. I’m looking forward to leveraging my skills and experience along with the company’s innovative approach to GSaaS to help drive the company to profitability.”  

About Infostellar

Infostellar is a satellite 'Ground Segment as a Service' (GSaaS) provider. We provide flexible and scalable ground station services enabled by our cloud platform, 'StellarStation', which virtualizes ground station networks. By lowering the barriers to entry in the ground segment, Infostellar empowers newspace businesses to build better missions and improve the quality of their service. Founded in 2016, Infostellar is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan and has its European office in the UK.

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StellarStation is a flexible, scalable, satellite ground station sharing platform. After a one-time setup, satellite operators can access any ground station across our global network. StellarStation also enables ground station owners to monetise their unused capacity by sharing it with satellite operators.