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March 12, 2019


Mike Hettich is the new CEO of LeoStella, a joint venture of Thales Alenia Space and Spaceflight Industries that builds small satellites in Tukwila. Hettich has more than 30 years of aerospace design, development and production experience, with leadership roles at Astronics, Collins Aerospace, Iridium and Boeing. He replaces Chris Chautard, who is returning to Thales after helping start LeoStella a year ago. LeoStella is building 20 satellites for BlackSky Global.

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