Summit Space Corporation works internationally to provide technical services focused in the telecom and space sectors.
• We facilitate the financing of space projects through independent analysis and monitoring • Summit supports our customer’s satellite acquisition process leading to mission success • We provide competent technical support to quickly determine and resolve technical issues • Summit increases our client’s sales through representation in the US and Europe • We develop and implement new technologies to reduce cost while improving performance and safety
Founded in 2014, Summit Space Corporation is staffed with seasoned space industry professionals that provide independent technical space project support. Summit plays a key role in the financing of some of the world’s largest space projects. Customers include: Export Credit Agencies, commercial investment banks and venture capital firms. Summit Space also provides business development representation for firms in the United States and Europe.
Summit provides integrated finance and risk analysis to form a complete assessment of complex projects.
Summit has successfully led multi-billion dollar space project due diligence, acquisition and monitoring tasks.
The Summit team has technical experience that spans the entire space project lifecycle.
Summit Space provides independent, objective analysis and has no conflict of interest.
Summit staff have helped win several significant space litigation and bankruptcy cases through technical support and expert witness testimony.
Summit Space Corporation is a leading provider of technical due diligence, acquisition, program management and monitoring services for the global satellite industry. Summit also supports independent asset evaluation, satellite life projections, risk assessments, litigation support and restructuring advisory. Our exclusive communications industry focus, years of experience and strategic partners allow Summit to rapidly provide complete, high quality deliverables. Summit has experience successfully providing technical support on some of the world’s largest communications projects. Commercial customers include: Export Credit Agencies (ECA), satellite operators, commercial investment banks, law firms and venture capital firms. Summit Space serves both domestic and international clients. Summit is registered and licensed in the United States and is experienced with International Traffic in Arms law as well as the Department of Commerce Control List.
Summit successfully performed due diligence activities on some of the most significant commercial space systems and is currently monitoring one of the largest projects in the space industry. Our exclusive communications industry focus, years of experience and strategic partners allow Summit to rapidly provide complete, high quality deliverables that are key to the financing process.
The Summit staff has decades of experience in the space industry that spans the entire space project lifecycle. Summit also has access to a pool of niche technical experts to support in-depth studies. Our exclusive communications industry focus, years of experience and strategic partners allow Summit to rapidly provide complete, high quality deliverables.
Summit is an independent organization with no political or financial ties to any government or commercial entity. Summit Space provides objective analysis, reviews, and recommendations with complete independence and without potential conflicting interests. Summit has a reputation in the finance community for clearly and accurately providing critical analysis results in a timely, clear and concise manner.
Strategic partners provide proprietary risk analysis that guides technical reviews. Technical analysis combined with market analysis provides a comprehensive view of new markets and competition.
Owner & Founder
Karl Baker is a leading satellite industry technical expert. He has extensive experience leading multi-organizational and interdisciplinary teams to achieve focused, value-added results. He founded Summit Space Corporation in 2014 after nearly 30 years of experience in the satellite industry. Karl has direct experience designing and building flight hardware for over 25 satellites. He led over 60 commercial satellite failure investigations and supported, as an expert witness, four of the industry’s largest litigation and bankruptcy cases. As the President of Summit Space Corporation, Karl works closely with the satellite finance community leading some of the industry’s largest due diligence assessments. He leads satellite acquisitions for operators. He provides large investment banks with management/monitoring assistance. Karl also support law firms on space related matters.Learn More
Summit Space Corporation – President and Founder April 2014 – Present (1 year 2 months) Washington D.C. Metro Area Provide technical due diligence and monitoring support for complex satellite projects. Support investment, mergers and acquisitions related to spacecraft and launch vehicles. Currently leading the largest commercial satellite program in the world providing technical oversight and management. The Aerospace Corporation – Program Manager 2001 – 2014 (13 years) Washington D.C. Metro Area Organized and led technical teams to resolve over 60 commercial satellite anomalies. Supported all Airbus (then EADS Astrium) commercial satellite failure investigations involving US made hardware. Also, provided support for commercial satellite anomaly investigations to Orbital ATK Corporation. Led the $3.9 B Iridium NEXT program technical due diligence assessment for both COFACE/Société Générale and US Export Import Bank/Goldman Sachs. Led the Iridium NEXT monitoring effort for the investment bank syndicate from 2010 through early 2014. Led technical teams supporting satellite litigation/arbitration. Led the technical support team under Hogan & Hartson to win the EADS Astrium Amazonas arbitration case valued at $150 M. Technical lead on the ICO bankruptcy case supporting Milbank. Led team to establish value of on-orbit assets and review past anomalies. Supported anomaly investigations on the US military Wide band Global Satellite communications program (WGS). Two energy conversion system patents. Dynatherm Corporation – Program Manager January 1999 – March 2001 (2 years 3 months) Baltimore, Maryland Area Dynatherm Corporation, a subsidiary of Pressure Systems Incorporated, was a leading supplier of advanced spacecraft thermal control hardware to industry and government. Swales Aerospace purchased Dynatherm in 2001. As program manager, provided technical direction as well financial management using the Earned Value system. Built deployable radiator thermal systems for many early Hughes (now Boeing Space Systems) 702 spacecraft, including XM Radio, Thuraya, PanAmSat and ANIK F1. Built heat pipes for spacecraft including Orbital’s first GEO STAR, several Astrium Hotbirds, Astrium NileSat, Ball, NEC ALOS, NASA’s International Space Station and more. NASA – Program Manager and Engineer December 1987 – January 1999 (11 years 2 months) Cleveland, Ohio Area Developed advanced thermal systems and electronic packaging technology at NASA. Built and tested spacecraft thermal control hardware. Served on several evaluation boards for government procurements and managed part of NASA’s Small Business Innovative Research program. NASA inventor of the year in 1992. Jacobs Sverdrup – Thermal Engineer May 1986 – December 1987 (1 year 8 months) Cleveland, Ohio Area Performed thermal analysis of space power systems supporting NASA's Power Technology Division
Summit Space has an experienced and seasoned staff to support comprehensive due diligence studies of the most complex space systems.
Summit team has decades of direct experience procuring satellite systems from single GEO spacecraft to large LEO constellations.
Summit has experience successfully managing commercial space projects, as well as research and development efforts.
Summit Space understands the regulatory environment for satellite licensing, ITU orbital slot registration, and landing rights. The Summit team has experience with regulatory intricacies at both the international level via the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the sovereign level for some administrations.
The Summit team resolves anomalies by bringing expertise to bear that will complement the manufacture’s existing team, not work against it.
Summit’s team of experienced experts provides independent reviews of high risk areas. These reviews bring value with recommendations that fix problems and reduce risk.
Summit, working with our strategic partner Elseco, provides independent risk assessments that support complex placement issues tied to technical and schedule factors.
Summit has teamed with other firms to provide comprehensive technical support.
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