Scott Smith is an Operating Partner with Bessemer where he advises on our Space Tech investments, drawing on his 30 years of experience managing large, complex commercial satellite programs.
As Chief Operating Officer of Iridium, Scott leads technology development and all ground and satellite operations for Iridium, including the Iridium NEXT initiative, Iridium's program to develop, build and launch its next-generation satellite constellation. He is also a member of Iridium’s Board of Directors.
Prior to Iridium, Scott was chief operating officer of DigitalGlobe Inc., a commercial remote sensing satellite company, where he was responsible for the company's satellite and ground operations, engineering organization, and corporate and global expansion initiatives. During his tenure, he oversaw the development and launch of WorldView-1 and WorldView-2, the world's most sophisticated high-resolution imaging satellites.
From 1995-2005, Scott was a founder and served as executive vice president, sales, engineering and operations of Space Imaging Inc., which owned and operated IKONOS, the world's first one-meter resolution commercial imaging satellite. His previous experiences include engineering and management roles at Lockheed Missiles and Space Company, including responsibility for spacecraft control products for the Iridium program at Lockheed from 1990-1994.
Scott holds a Bachelor of Science in aerospace engineering from Syracuse University and Master of Science in aeronautical/astronautical engineering from Stanford University.