Chief Technology Officer
Brian Rider, CTO of LeoStella, has 20+ years of experience developing high-quality space systems for a variety of commercial and government missions. His technical background includes mission solutions and architecture, satellite systems, and payloads. Throughout his career Brian has been a key contributor on several well-known programs in the areas of commercial Earth observation, hyperspectral imaging, missile warning, space situational awareness, optical communications, weather monitoring, interplanetary exploration, and science missions. Brian helped create LeoStella from the ground up and works closely with the team to create disruptive capabilities across a wide range of customer applications. Prior to joining LeoStella, Brian served as Director of Imaging Systems at BlackSky where he was responsible for developing the imaging payload technologies and capability roadmap. Brian also spent 16 years at L3/Harris developing advanced electro-optical payloads. Brian received his Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from University of Colorado at Boulder.