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Professional Pursuits of Payam Banazadeh

Payam Banazadeh is the Co-founder and the CEO of Capella Space. He went to The University of Texas at Austin, where he graduated with a bachelor of science in Aerospace Engineering. In 2012, the University of Texas awarded him the Texas Outstanding Scholar & Leader Award for his exceptional performance and leadership skills. After that, Payam Banazadeh took an internship at NASA, where he educated and inspired STEM students. His outstanding work skills and ethics saw him receive many promotions at NASA. His last position at NASA was the Lead Project System Engineer.

At NASA, Payam Banazadeh was given the NASA Mariner Award for his exceptional leadership skills for two multi-million projects. He also receives the NASA Discovery Award after the formulation of new concepts and projects for the organization.

Payam Banazadeh left NASA, went back to school, and graduated with a degree in business from Stanford University. At Stanford is when the idea for Capella Space was born. They intend to monitor our planet from space and offer transparency to interested organizations in various industries. The disappearance of the Airlines Flight 370 from Malaysia inspired their idea. Their thought was that such disappearance should not happen with the modern advancement in technology.

Capella Space satellite technology uses the Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR). SAR allows them to image the earth’s surface at all times, day or night, and in all weather. They achieve this by releasing their energy and creating images based on how the reflection is from the earth’s surface.

Capella recently launched its first earth monitoring satellite named Sequoia. They intend to provide continuous data showing activities on the planet’s surface to organizations. The satellite is already reflecting images to the headquarters.

Payam Banazadeh recently got listed in the Forbes 30 under 30. The New York Times and Bloomberg also recognized his company Capella while Inc. magazine listed Capella as the 25 most promising companies worldwide.

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