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The Future of Aerospace: 5G and the New Age Space Race

June 17, 2021 @ 11:00 am - 12:15 pm

The Future of Aerospace: 5G and the New Age Space Race – June 17
Aerospace has seen a boom of activity over the last few years as countries and companies around the world have been working towards commercial space flights and further exploring our Martian neighbors. Perhaps the greatest innovation addressing one of the most pressing issues has been the utilization of aerospace technologies to provide access to global-wide connectivity.
Through this past year of remote work and schooling, the true impact of the digital divide was brought into living rooms across the world. The aerospace industry is now front-and-center as hundreds of satellites are being launched into space to combat the issues of equitable access to technology. Will this new age space race provide the lasting impact that is needed to help solve a global divide?
We’ll analyze the strategies being implemented by leaders in aerospace and how they’re accelerating growth across the industry and furthering the healthy competition.
The LAEDC is focusing on timely research to provide regional insights to inform aerospace stakeholders and decision-makers about the state of the industry including challenges, opportunities, and what those mean for the  Los Angeles region.

TOPICS:  Aerospace Companies, 5G/Broadband Global Access, Incubators, Equity, Workforce Development, Industry Investment, Industry Analysis, Launch Providers, Satellite Design

Keynote and Featured Speakers

Raenaurd Turpin

Raenaurd Turpin, Executive, Chief Engineer, Boeing Commercial Satellites and Common Products

Peter Goettle

Peter Goettle, Senior Engineering Specialist, Aerospace Corporation


Van Espahbodi

Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Starburst Accelerator


Amanda Stiles

Director of Mission and Program Management, ABL Space Systems


Jeff Matthews

Specialist Leader – Space Sector, Deloitte Consulting LLP


Michelle Iturralde

Senior Vice President, Global Commercial Banking, Bank of America, Aerospace & Defense

Speaker Bios

Raenaurd Turpin is the Chief Engineer of Boeing Commercial Satellite Systems and Common Products (CSCP).  He also leads advanced satellite architecture development and technology insertion as the Chief Technical Officer (CTO) for Commercial Satellite Business Development.  In 2018, Raenaurd was recognized as Boeing Defense, Space, and Security (BDS) Engineer of the Year, in addition to BEYA Black Engineer of the Year. As Chief Architect and System Engineering Lead for the O3b mPOWER campaign, he led the team through a significant evolution of the design. Their efforts yielded increased efficiency (mass, power, operational complexity) and lower design complexity and risk, all while aligning to the customer’s affordability target. As a result, Boeing was awarded contracts to build eleven satellites using this advanced digital payload design. Today, the O3b mPower constellation is in production and serves as the foundation for the new product line of 702X Software-Defined Digital Satellites.
Turpin has also performed as a Major Supplier Program Manager for National Security Programs. In addition to this program management role, Raenaurd has also lead teams to develop the Next Generation of Wideband Global Satcom (WGS) Satellites and implement Ground-Based Anti-Jam Enhancements for the existing WGS constellation.
Over his 21-year career at Boeing, Turpin has previously held roles ranging from business capture and systems architecture & design to satellite operations. He began his career at Boeing as a phased array antenna analyst and digital signal processing (DSP) subsystem engineer, developing novel approached for phased array calibration. He received a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering at Arizona State University in 1997, played in the Rose Bowl as member of the PAC-10 Championship Football team, and completed credentials towards MS in Electrical Engineering in 1999.
Jeff Matthews is a specialist leader at Deloitte Consulting LLP with more than 20 years of private and public sector experience focused on finance, enterprise architecture transformation, technology commercialization, and market strategy. Currently, he is a leader in Deloitte’s Government & Public Sector Space Industry practice where he provides subject matter expertise on commercial space technology trends, industry strategies, and launch systems economics.
Before joining Deloitte, Jeff served as the director of venture strategy and research for the Space Frontier Foundation where he was also a board member. His previous experience as an advisor in $600M+ of venture capital raises for early stage technology companies, commercializing government technologies, and deep insight into the commercial space market allows him to bring a unique perspective to government and commercial clients. Jeff has contributed expertise and analysis on the space industry to Reuters, Forbes, NBC News, Discovery News, The Wharton School, the Open Group, and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).
Van Espahbodi is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Starburst, championing today’s aerospace renaissance, uniting early-stage technology innovators with private investment to modernize infrastructure in mobility, communications and intelligence. Van launched Starburst in the US in 2015, operating globally today with offices in Los Angeles, Paris, Munich, San Francisco, Singapore, Tel Aviv, Abu Dhabi, and Montreal. His team works alongside 500+ technology startups developing new aircraft, spacecraft, satellites, drones, sensors, autonomy, robotics and much more.
An entrepreneurial futurist, Van has over 16 years of experience in aerospace, identifying future trends, shaping product strategy and investment trade policies. Van started his career as a congressional aide before joining Raytheon and later UK NATS, the British air navigation service provider. Following graduate studies at George Mason University, Van participated in executive programs at Thunderbird School of Management in AZ and Cranfield School of Management in the UK.

If you have questions about this program, please contact Shane Cullen at LAEDC, at [email protected].
The Future Forum series is sponsored by CSU Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) which is an incredibly important educational institution for all Angelinos, and LAEDC hopes you will take just a moment to click through to learn more about the university.

ABOUT OUR SPONSOR:  Several exciting new building projects are proceeding across campus, helping usher in a new era at CSUDH. There are currently three major construction projects happening: the Science and Innovation Building, Innovation and Instruction Building, and new Student Housing complex. (President Thomas Parham pictured)


June 17, 2021
11:00 am - 12:15 pm
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