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Astroscale U.S. Announces Board of Directors

By: Astroscale U.S.
Posted March 22nd, 2024 Posted in News & Press Releases

DENVER, March 22, 2024Astroscale U.S., a leading provider of on-orbit services and logistics across all orbits, announces the formation of its new Board of Directors. Current board members, Ron Lopez, President, Dr. Clare Martin, Executive Vice President, and Becky Yoder, Senior Vice President of Finance and Business Operations, are joined by three distinguished leaders who have extensive experience in the public and private sectors, particularly in the space, defense and national security arenas. These new directors are: The Honorable Dr. William Schneider, Jr., who serves as Chairman, The Honorable Mira R. Ricardel and Lt. Gen. (Retired) Henry A. “Trey” Obering III.  

The Board provides governance and strategic oversight to the Astroscale U.S. leadership team as the company continues to provide on-orbit servicing solutions to commercial operators around the world while expanding its U.S. government business. In addition to their fiduciary responsibilities, Schneider, Ricardel and Obering III also serve as Proxy Holders representing the interests of Astroscale U.S.’ parent company, Astroscale Holdings, headquartered in Japan.  

“Astroscale U.S. benefits significantly from the deep national security insights and experience of the new members of the Astroscale U.S. Board of Directors, and we now have the flexibility to leverage Astroscale’s global resources within a governance structure approved by the U.S. government,” said Lopez. “In just 4 short years, Astroscale U.S. has grown to more than 80 employees delivering on an array of contracts — including most recently a Space Systems Command award. Under the guidance of our Board, we will continue providing tremendous value to our customers via our on-orbit servicing solutions while disrupting traditional ways of doing business in space as the company continues on its exciting growth trajectory.”  

“The U.S. Government has identified the need for greater responsiveness, capability and flexibility in the space domain, and Astroscale U.S. is ideally positioned to meet that urgent need,” said Schneider, Board Chairman. “The Board and I are committed to Astroscale U.S.’ success in harnessing its innovation in the service of advancing critical United States missions and leadership in space, contributing to Astroscale’s vision of the safe and sustainable development of space for the benefit of future generations.” 

The Astroscale U.S. Board members are:  

Dr. William Schneider, Jr. is a Washington-based economist and defense analyst. In addition to years of private sector advisory work, he worked in several branches of government, including the Departments of Defense and State, where he served as the Under Secretary of State for Security Assistance, Science and Technology. In addition, Dr. Schneider was the Associate Director for National Security and International Affairs in the Office of Management and Budget and held staff positions in the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate. He also served as Chairman of the Defense Science Board. 

Trey Obering is a Booz Allen Hamilton Senior Advisor and former Executive Vice President and Partner based in McLean, Virginia. He brings to his clients more than 35 years of experience in the U.S. Air Force, where he managed major defense programs and budgets, serving in engineering positions for NASA’s Space Shuttle program, and retiring as a Lieutenant General and Director of the U.S. Missile Defense Agency. 

Mira Ricardel has extensive experience in both the public and private sectors, serving in senior government positions including Deputy National Security Advisor, Under Secretary of Commerce for Export Administration and Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Policy, as well as Vice President for Business Development at The Boeing Company. She brings deep expertise in the juncture of technology and national security. 

  • Board Director: Ron Lopez, President, Astroscale U.S.  
  • Board Director: Dr. Clare Martin, Executive Vice President, Astroscale U.S.
  • Board Secretary and Treasurer: Becky Yoder, Senior Vice President, Finance and Business Operations, Astroscale U.S.

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About Astroscale U.S. 

Astroscale U.S. Inc., is a leading provider of on-orbit servicing solutions — including inspection, transportation, life extension, debris removal and refueling — for the U.S. government, partner governments and commercial operators around the world. Headquartered in Denver, Colorado, Astroscale U.S. applies world-class rendezvous, proximity operations and docking capabilities, mission design, policy and economics expertise to solve the complex challenges our customers face. Astroscale U.S. is dedicated to Astroscale’s vision of ensuring the safe and sustainable development of space for future generations.    

For more about Astroscale U.S., visit www.astroscale-us.com 

For more about Astroscale, visit www.astroscale.com. 

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