Payam Banazadeh with Capella Space has brought to light some very imaginative ways of using existing technology. Capella Space has been able to take Synthetic Aperture Radar and revisit various uses for it. It is important to look at Payam’s previous education and experience in order to understand how this has become so innovative.
Payam Banazadeh received his bachelor’s of science degree from The University of Texas at Austin in the area of Aerospace, Aeronautical, and Astronautical Engineering. He then went on to Stanford Univerity and earned his master’s degree in the area of Business and Management. Work experience was mainly at NASA. He held the position there in the Jet Propulsion Laboratory as a Mission Formulation Intern. At NASA, he went on to various other positions and finally became a Lead Project System Engineer.
The idea for Capella Space actually started when Payam Banazadeh was working on his master’s degree. When the Malaysian Airline went down on its flight from Kuala Lumpur to China and was never found, he realized that a SAR satellite system needed to be put into place that was able to examine the surface of the Earth more closely in order to determine slight changes that might happen. In using these systems, things such as food shortages, changes in the environment, and other events can be observed more closely. Previous information that has come from satellites has not offered enough detail to monitor these things as carefully as needed.
Previous technology that was used to do this has been not as effective and it has also been very bulky. The SAR satellite that Payam Banazadeh has envisioned is much smaller and can easily be launched into space. This will also allow its use for other applications.
Not only have the ideas generated from Payam Banazadeh allowed for existing technologies to be used in other ways, but it also has opened up the possibilities for the future. It has opened the path for other existing technologies to be used in ways initially not thought of.