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21 May 2019

Akash appoints space industry veteran Montauti as VP of radios

Akash Systems Inc of San Francisco, CA, USA – which is focused on developing and supplying small satellites (CubeSats) and the RF power amplifiers (based on GaN-on-diamond) that power them – has appointed industry veteran Fabrizio Montauti as VP of radios. Montauti has 30 years of radio frequency (RF) communications experience from his work delivering radio technologies to the global space satellite communications market.

Montauti’s appointment continues the expansion of the Akash Systems’ core management team, assembled by co-founders Felix Ejeckam and Ty Mitchell since 2016.

“It’s one thing to design effective RF technology. It’s another to deliver that technology to customers through trusted and proven partnerships,” says Ejeckam, CEO and GaN-on-diamond inventor. “Fabrizio has shown a mastery of both skills, and we’re excited to leverage his expertise in conceptualizing and delivering groundbreaking space-qualified radio communications systems to our customers.”

Montauti’s team of engineers expects to deliver its first radio product, a small X/S transceiver, over the next few months to both CubeSat and satellite customers in the Earth observation market, with a Ka/S transceiver shortly thereafter. GaN-on-diamond powers the company’s radio products and allows for what are claimed to be record data rates at highly reduced power consumption levels.

Through his experience in radio product design, customer support, business development, sales and team leadership, Montauti is expected to further Akash’s mission of extending the reach of fast, affordable information across the globe. Prior to joining Akash, he was head of Microwave Products at RUAG Space in Santa Clara, CA, where he led advanced R&D on microwave payloads equipment. Previously, Montauti held senior management positions at numerous startups and established companies, including L3 Communications, P-Com and Siemens Telecomunicazioni.

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