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Hanna Steplewska, President & COO
Cognitive Space

Hanna is passionate about building exceptionally performing teams and businesses which will propel us into a multi-planetary economy. She combines her her technical Earth observation background, 25+ years of international business experience and her training in the neuroscience of attention to unlock new opportunities for the space economy.

Hanna is currently focused on enabling AI-driven satellite constellation operations at scale, while growing Cognitive Space from Seed to IPO by building a world-class operations team.

With business experience that spans the US, Europe, the Middle East and Asia, Hanna has worked with stealth startups, multinational conglomerates, public and private companies, and civilian and military government agencies across the globe. Her roles have spanned operations, channel management, sales and business development roles in high resolution satellite imaging, satellite access and ground segment hardware sales, space launch services and launch vehicle component manufacturing.

Hanna’s prior appointments include multinational operations and senior business development roles at Mynaric, the late Paul Allen’s Stratolaunch, RUAG Space USA, Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic / Virgin Orbit, Maxar, GeoEye and Space Imaging. Hanna’s professional development includes studies at the International Space University and Stanford University Graduate School of Business. She holds a Master of Science degree in Oceanography with a specialization in Remote Sensing & Satellite Oceanography.

Headquartered in Houston, Cognitive Space is the market leader in AI/ML-driven satellite mission operations, enabling evolution of satellite operations at scale through effective and dynamic constellation management. The company’s flagship CNTIENT® platform allows commercial space operators and government operation centers to optimize and tailor remote sensing mission planning, scale without disruption, and automate payload scheduling, link management, bus management, and prioritized tasking. More information is available at cognitivespace.com.

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