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Via Satellite Announces Gwynne Shotwell, President & Chief Operating Officer of SpaceX as 2017 Satellite Executive of the Year
Satellite Executive of the Year Award Presentation to be held Wednesday, March 14 at SATELLITE 2018 Conference and Exhibition

Rockville, MD February 12, 2018 – Via Satellite, a leading publication providing expert business analysis and technical insights into the satellite, telecom and wireless industries for more than 30 years, has announced Gwynne Shotwell, President and Chief Operating Officer of SpaceX, as the winner of the industry’s most prestigious award, Via Satellite’s Satellite Executive of the Year Award.

Shotwell led SpaceX operations through an incredible year, during which they pulled off a record 18 successful launch missions — three of those happening within a single month (June 2017). SpaceX made history in a completely different category in March 2017, when it achieved the world’s first reflight of an orbital class rocket. Not stopping there, Shotwell reached another historic milestone for the private sector when she signed SpaceX’s contract with the U.S. Air Force to launch its X-37B spaceplane on top of a Falcon 9 rocket, loosening United Launch Alliance’s long-held and firm grip on U.S. military launch contracts. Shotwell would add an exclamation point to this victory by winning a second U.S. military contract to launch a GPS 3 navigation satellite from Cape Canaveral within the same year. SpaceX also continues to expand its business partnership with NASA, winning contracts to orbit a joint U.S.-European oceanography mission and the next land imaging satellite in the Landsat series on the Falcon 9.

“Over the last few years, whenever we have discussed nominees for Satellite Executive of the Year, I have lost count the number of times SpaceX has been in the conversation,” said Mark Holmes, Editorial Director of Via Satellite. “It has truly been a transformational company in our sector, and in many ways, Gwynne Shotwell has been at the heart of one of the most amazing success stories our sector has seen. Shotwell has shown immense skill navigating SpaceX to new heights working alongside Elon Musk in one of the most formidable partnerships in our sector. She is one of the most high profile women in our industry, a role model to many, but Shotwell is so much more than that. She is one of the most brave, skilled executives in our industry and her performance in 2017 made her a unanimous choice to be our Satellite Executive of the Year for 2017.”

“SpaceX would not be where it is today without Gwynne’s outstanding contributions over the last 16 years,” said SpaceX CEO and Lead Designer Elon Musk. “Gwynne’s leadership has not only helped SpaceX achieve goals that many thought were impossible, but also positioned us for greater things to come. I am honored to work with Gwynne and can think of no other more deserving of this award.”

The March 2018 issue of Via Satellite will honor and announce Gwynne Shotwell as Satellite Executive of the year, followed closely by a special celebration and luncheon at SATELLITE 2018 where U.S. Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD) will deliver welcoming remarks at the Satellite Executive of the Year luncheon on Wednesday, March 14.

SATELLITE 2018 takes place March 12-15, 2018 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center at 801 Mount Vernon Pl, NW, Washington D.C. For more information or to register, visit

About Via Satellite
For over 30 years, Via Satellite has provided essential news and expert business analysis on the global commercial communications satellite industry, including current and evolving applications, infrastructure issues, technology, and business and regulatory developments around the world. Top satellite executives from 160 countries read Via Satellite to fully understand the industry and maximize their companies’ profits.

About SATELLITE 2018
SATELLITE unites 14,500 aerospace and connectivity thought leaders, entrepreneurs, executives, engineers, end-users and enthusiasts from over 150 countries for the largest and most important global satellite technology event of the year. Serving all industries looking to better their business operations or enhance their strategy through connectivity, the SATELLITE Conference and Exhibition will take place on March 12-15, 2018 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington D.C. For more information, visit

About SpaceX
SpaceX designs, manufactures and launches advanced rockets and spacecraft. The company was founded in 2002 to revolutionize space technology, with the ultimate goal of enabling people to live on other planets.  SpaceX has gained worldwide attention for a series of historic milestones. It is the only private company ever to return a spacecraft from low-Earth orbit, which it first accomplished in December 2010. The company made history again in May 2012 when its Dragon spacecraft delivered cargo to and from the International Space Station — a challenging feat previously accomplished only by governments. Since then Dragon has delivered cargo to and from the space station multiple times, providing regular cargo resupply missions for NASA.

In 2017, SpaceX successfully achieved the first reflight of an orbital class rocket – a historic milestone on the road to full and rapid rocket reusability. In February 2018, SpaceX successfully launched Falcon Heavy, the world’s most powerful operational rocket.