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.

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
Lead Analytics 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.

Brian Pollock
Senior Electronics Engineer

Brian is deeply passionate about space and has 11 years engineering experience in quality-certified design and manufacturing environments, with specific skillsets in radio, low-power electronics, and reliable long-life systems. Graduating BEng (Electrical) with Honours from the University of Queensland and starting out working on radar systems, he has since advanced through a diverse set of commercial industries and brings a wealth of modern electronics and firmware knowledge.

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