Space Systems/LORAL veteran ROBERT E. BERRY receives lifetime achievement award
atellite Industry Expert to be Honored for More Than 30 Years of Service at Annual ISCe Conference in San Diego
PALO ALTO, Calif.- Space Systems/Loral (SS/L), a subsidiary of Loral Space & Communications (NASDAQ:LORL) and the world’s leading provider of commercial telecommunications satellites, today announced that Robert E. Berry, systems fellow and former chairman of SS/L, will be honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to the satellite communications industry at the ISCe 2007 satellite conference in San Diego. The Lifetime Achievement Award is one of three awards that will be presented at the annual ISCe 2007 Awards Dinner Reception, which takes place on Wednesday, June 6 in conjunction with the conference.
“An independent advisory board unanimously selected Bob Berry based on his significant accomplishments over the years,” said David Bross, ISCe conference chairman. “Bob was instrumental in building today’s communications satellite industry and his early recognition of the importance of commercial satellites was fundamental to the industry’s direction.”
Berry led SS/L and its predecessor, Ford Aerospace, from 1977 to 2000 and, with his willingness to push innovative concepts, was responsible for some of the world’s most advanced communications and meteorological satellite projects for defense, civil, and commercial applications. He cultivated the international market for U.S.-based satellite manufacturing, and under his leadership, SS/L developed the technologies that have put the company at the forefront in providing high-power satellites for direct-to-home television, satellite radio, broadband Internet and international fixed satellite services.
Berry served as general manager of Ford Aerospace’s Space Systems division from 1977 to 1990, when Loral acquired Ford Aerospace & Communications Corporation and Mr. Berry became president of SS/L. He was named senior vice president of Loral Space & Communications in 1996, which was the same year that SS/L was awarded the Goddard Contractor Excellence Award in recognition of the company’s achievements in quality and design.
Berry was instrumental in providing three generations of satellite platforms to Intelsat, helping the intergovernmental consortium provide fixed satellite services to more than 149 countries, territories, and dependencies. He initiated and managed Ford Aerospace’s participation on the Milstar industry team and advocated multi-mission satellite systems, with SS/L providing military communication payloads for commercial satellites for France, Japan, Spain and Australia. Currently at SS/L, he consults with both government and commercial interests to explore new applications arising from combining satellite, wireless, and fibered transmission.
Before joining SS/L, Mr. Berry was deputy director for policy and planning, in the Office of Defense Research and Engineering in the Department of Defense. Prior to that, he founded and ran a manufacturing business that was one of the first to provide systems for maritime satellite communications and Earth resources measurement from space. Before that Mr. Berry was at Philco Ford Corporation and General Electric Company, and he served as an officer in U.S. Navy communications in London for three years.
The recipient of multiple awards, Berry was inducted into the SSPI Hall of Fame for his lifetime achievements in February 2007, and he received the Arthur C. Clarke Foundation Award for achievement in space communications in 2003. In 1996, Berry was selected for the Aerospace Communications Award of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), presented for outstanding contributions in the field of aerospace communications. He was named a Fellow of the AIAA in 1999 and he holds a Life Membership in the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).
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