The Space Industry Association of Australia (SIAA) has welcomed David Ball, CEO of the Space Environment Research Centre, as the new chair of the board.
Ball has over 25 years of experience in the space, communications and defence sectors, with a significant portion of his career spent specialising in satellite communications.
He has held senior positions with several commercial satellite communications operators, including Intelsat and PanAmSat, with roles encompassing sales management, business development, customer service engineering, space systems design and spacecraft and launch vehicle acquisition.
Ball has also had significant involvement in satellite frequency co-ordination activities, spacecraft insurance placement and capital raise processes.
Prior to joining SERC, he led communications projects for the Australian Department of Defence (through Envista) during 2016 and 2017.
Earlier in his career Ball was an electronics engineering officer in the Royal Australian Air Force and was responsible for the engineering management of Defence communications systems with his final posting focused on military satellite communications systems.
Ball holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree (communications engineering) and a Graduate Diploma in Business Management. He is also a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
SIAA is a nationwide organisation formed to promote the growth of the Australian space sector. By formulating national policies and strategies, SIAA speaks with authority and credibility on behalf of its members on issues connected with the development of the Australian space industry.
Ball will replace the outgoing chair of the SIAA Rod Drury, who assumed the role in February 2019.
The Australian space industry consists of individuals and organisations involved in the provision and use of space related technologies or services. These technologies and services include:
SIAA takes a leading role in advising government on behalf of the space industry. Through a program of meetings and other communications, SIAA consults with its members to devise policies to support the development of the Australian space industry and is active in promoting commercial, industrial and research opportunities for its members nationally and internationally.
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