THE TEAM

Charles Black
Founder and CEO

Charles has been passionate about space since he was a child. He is an experienced entrepreneur having taken his first company, cloud computing business Nasstar plc, from a start-up to be listed on the London Stock Exchange. Charles’s life long dream has been to create space television and to make space accessible to humanity, building key infrastructure for our multi-world future.

Shaun Kenyon
Chief Engineer

Chartered Principal Space Systems Engineer. 12 years in the space industry covering the full mission lifecycle. Involved in nine missions to date. Formerly a mission system engineer at SSTL, who performed the initial feasibility system designs for both STRaND-1 and Carbonite-1, and lead STRaND-1 from Phase 0 through detailed design, build, test, launch and operations to passivation and deorbit activities. Now Chief Engineer at Sen with responsibility for all Engineering matters including QA, PA, manufacturing and design standards compliance, research and development strategy and direct report line management.

Dr Edmund Simons
Lead Electronics Engineer

Ed is a satellite engineer with seven years experience in the space industry. He has a BSc. Electronics (1st Class) and MSc. in Space Technology and Planetary Exploration, awarded with merit. Ed completed his PhD in Advanced Receiver Design for Modernised Global Navigation Satellite Systems signals. Prior to joining Sen, Ed was a Research Fellow in Systems and Avionics at the University of Surrey, Surrey Space Centre. Ed worked with Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd on the UK’s first ever CubeSat, STRaND-1.

Matt Marter
Machine Learning Engineer

Matt joined the team full time in May 2017 having completed his PhD in computer vision and machine learning with topics including deep learning, caption generation, face and location recognition. Matt completed his undergraduate degree in electronic and computer engineering at the University of Surrey in 2012 (1st Class with honours). His degree included a 12 month placement at Sharp Laboratories of Europe working on software for head tracked 3D displays.

Jonathan Gebbie
Lead Spaceflight Software Engineer

Jonathan has worked on space projects for 20 years, in software and systems engineering roles. He was Lead Systems Engineer for the RapidEye constellation of 5 Earth Observation spacecraft, (now owned by Planet). Jonathan’s experience includes working on the ground control systems for the XMM-Newton orbiting X-ray observatory, and most recently at Airbus on the software to control the ExoMars Rover, due to land on Mars in 2020. Jonathan studied Physics at Cambridge University before moving into engineering.

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