S. Scott Smith
Scott Smith joined Iridium in April 2010 to lead the Iridium® NEXT mission, the company's initiative to develop, build, and launch its second-generation satellite constellation, completely replacing the original Iridium network without disrupting existing service. In his role as Chief Operating Officer, he is also responsible for the maintenance and operations of the Iridium satellite constellation and associated Gateway and ground terminals, as well as the development and manufacturing of all subscriber equipment at the company.
When he joined the company, Mr. Smith brought more than 32 years of experience managing large, complex commercial satellite programs. Prior to Iridium, he served as the Chief Operating Officer of DigitalGlobe Inc., a commercial remote sensing satellite company, where he was responsible for the company's satellite and ground operations, engineering organization, and corporate and global expansion initiatives. During his tenure, he also oversaw the development and launch of WorldView-1 and WorldView-2, the world's most sophisticated high-resolution imaging satellites.
In the preceding 10 years, Mr. Smith helped found Space Imaging Inc., which owned and operating IKONOS, the world’s first one-meter resolution commercial imaging satellite. There, he also served as Executive Vice President, Sales, Engineering, and Operations. Mr. Smith's previous experiences include engineering and management roles at Lockheed Missiles and Space Company, where he had responsibility for spacecraft control products for the original Iridium program at Lockheed from 1990-1994.
Mr. Smith holds a bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering from Syracuse University and a master’s degree in Aeronautical/Astronautical Engineering from Stanford University. He is based in Iridium's Tempe, Arizona office where the company's satellite and ground operations organizations are located.