Kathryn Graham

Kathryn Graham

System Engineer

I am an enthusiastic space professional working within the industry for over 25 years.

I started my career working on space based concepts from remote sensing, communications and PNT (Position, Navigation and Timing) to interplanetary, for both the defence and civilian sectors.

Recently I took a short break from space to take a leadership role in a growing HAPS (High Altitude Platform Station) company before returning to the space industry in a technical role at KISPE.

I am excited by the opportunity to use my experience on new exciting projects in a wide range of areas, from concept design, to mission delivery and supporting STEM throughout education and the industry.

My professional designations and accomplishments

Working at Surrey Satellite Technology Limited (SSTL) I started as a systems engineer before becoming the Mission Concepts team leader, forming the team from scratch, to deliver the system engineering, AOCS (Attitude and Orbit Control System) and thermal elements of missions.

I progressed to manage the entire System Engineering team at SSTL. Over the 13 years at SSTL I developed my role to manage the systems engineering, AOCS and thermal teams, at one stage line managing 60 engineers.

In addition to these roles, I also supported the training programmes provided by SSTL, including delivery of the system engineering courses to students both internally and to partners around the world.

Prior to SSTL I worked for QinetiQ for 10 years as a mission design engineer working on a range of mission design studies within the defence arena.

Most recently I worked at Prismatic Ltd, a small Research and Development company developing High Altitude Pseudo Satellite UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles). In my time here I took on the role of Chief Operating Officer covering all the operations aspects for the company from Human Resources, Health and Safety, facilities, IT and Security. During this time I gained a great deal of leadership and small company experience before the lure of space drew me back.

I have a PhD in X-Ray Astronomy from University of Leicester and a Bachelors in Physics with Astrophysics from the University of Birmingham.

How I contribute to the KISPE customer experience

Drawing on my depth of space mission and leadership experience over the years, I will be supporting KISPE in delivering a wide range of projects from mission concept design through mission delivery and supporting training and outreach activities.

Get in touch with me to talk about:

  • Systems engineering
  • Mission concept development and evaluation
  • Concepts of Operations (CONOPs)
  • Satellite integration and testing
  • Requirements capture, validation and verification
  • Design for manufacture, test and operation
  • Open source development and collaborative projects

Contact me to find about working with KISPE.

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