New Space 


“We call it Space 3.0 … There are new opportunities and new capabilities now. The distinction is that they are all driven by cost innovation. The mindset is first and foremost about getting the cost very low.”

Lisa Porter, former Associate Administrator for Aeronautics at NASA


Here at Orange Silicon Valley, we ask ourselves what the Orange Group should look like if we were to create it today. Because Orange relentlessly looks at the best ways to connect our clients and corporate customers, space tech falls among the areas we investigate when it comes to disrupt ourselves before anyone else does.

The New Space formation at Orange Silicon Valley actively engages with the commercial space startup ecosystem in the Bay Area and elsewhere to identify, help finance, and partner with the most promising makers and innovators of the space industry of today and tomorrow.


Council lead

John Benko

John has been with Orange Silicon Valley for 17 years, working on various topics in the field of wireless communications and networks. He currently is leading the New Space Counsel and is the Principal of Emerging Wireless technologies at Orange Silicon Valley. He has a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from MIT.


2019 speakers

Brian Holz

Chief Architect at Akash Systems

Lindsey Yee

Principal, Founding Team at Starbridge VC

Daniel Doulton

Chief Product Officer at Sceye

Gonzalo Martin de Mercado

Business Development Officer at European Space Agency


2019 agenda

2:00pm – 2:15pm: Welcome & introductions

2:15pm – 3:00pm: Presentation by Brian Holz, Chief Architect at Akash Systems

3:00pm – 3:45pm: New Space overview by John Benko, Principal at Orange Silicon Valley

3:45pm – 4:00pm: Break

4:00pm – 4:15pm: VC overview by Lindsey Yee, Principal, Founding Team at Starbridge VC

4:15pm – 4:45pm: Presentation by Daniel Doulton, Chief Product Officer at Sceye

4:45pm – 5:00pm: Presentation by Gonzalo Martin de Mercado, Business Development Officer at the European Space Agency

5:00pm – 5:15pm: General Discussion & Wrap-up

5:30pm – 6:15pm: Networking Reception at Orange Silicon Valley