The Advisory Board consists of distinguished experts in satellite and space related industries. On request, the Board advises the President on matters regarding the direction of APSCC operation.
David W. Thompson
David Thompson has been Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Orbital Sciences Corporation since co-founding the company in 1982. Orbital is one of America's leading space-related R&D and manufacturing companies. Before starting Orbital, Mr. Thompson was Special Assistant to the President of Hughes Aircraft Company's Missile Systems Group and was a project manager and engineer on advanced rocket engines at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center. As a result of his work at Orbital, he was awarded the National Medal of Technology by President George H.W. Bush for his leadership of the company's Pegasus launch vehicle team. He has also received several other awards and honors.He holds a B.S. from MIT, an M.S. from CalTech, and a M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
As President of Space Systems/Loral, John Celli is the company’s top executive and is responsible for its strategic direction. He has more than 30 years of industry experience and has previously served with the company as Chief Operating Officer, Executive Vice President and Senior Vice President of Engineering, Manufacturing, & Test Operations.
As Chief Operating Officer Mr. Celli was responsible for all aspects of operations and as Executive Vice President he led the organization responsible for the development, manufacturing, testing and procurement of all satellite units and subsystems and he also oversaw procurement, information systems, and the facilities organization.
From 1996 to 2001, Mr. Celli was executive director of SS/L's Intelsat IX program where he led the successful development and delivery of seven advanced multi-frequency communication satellites. From 1981 to 1996 he held a variety of other engineering and management positions with increasing management responsibility.