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Former astronaut appointed to Myriota’s board

Former astronaut appointed to Myriota’s board

Louis Dillon

Myriota has appointed former NASA astronaut and ex-deputy director of DARPA’s Tactical Technology Office, Pamela Melroy, to its board as a non-executive director.

Melroy said she was excited to be joining Myriota as the company “ramps up its efforts to apply space technologies to solve global problems”.

“The industrialisation of space is improving the world’s ability to monitor and communicate globally, and is having real world benefits on industries including agriculture and logistics,” she said.

“Myriota is a serious player in the diverse and growing global space ecosystem, and I’m excited to be joining its board at a time when the maturity of space as a commercial industry is growing.”

Melroy enjoyed a hugely successful career at NASA where she logged over 924 hours in space during three missions to help build the International Space Station (ISS).

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A former US Air Force test pilot, Melroy is also one of only two women to command a space shuttle, after being selected as an astronaut candidate by NASA in 1994.

“As one of only two women to ever command a space shuttle, Pam is used to breaking new ground in space exploration,” CEO and co-founder of Myriota Dr Alex Grant said.

“We’re thrilled to have her join our team at a time when the commercialisation of space is opening up new avenues for entrepreneurial businesses, and enabling us to lower the cost of communication and tracking of remotely located sensors worldwide.”

The appointment is effective immediately, with Melroy joining existing members of Myriota’s board, including chairman Peter Mabson, who is also president of Canadian company exactEarth.

Melroy is also the director of space technology and policy at Nova Systems, and presented at Australia’s inaugural Space Industry Conference at Avalon Airshow on behalf of Nova.

Melroy explored defence innovation and the models for success, as researched by the Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), and said, “Australia has a great research ecosystem and bridging that innovation into commercial and defence outcomes is very important to the growth of the space industry.”

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