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Joseph N. Pelton

Dr. Joseph N. Pelton is the award winning author or editor of over 40 books and over 300 articles in the field of space systems. These include the five book series: MegaCrunch, e-Sphere, Future Talk, Future View, and Global Talk, the latter of which he was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. He served as Chairman of the Board (1992-95) and Vice President of Academic Programs and Dean (1995-96) of the International Space University of Strasbourg, France. He is currently a member of the ISU faculty and editor of the ISU book series. ISU Books that he has authored or edited includes:  The Farthest Shore (2009) Communications Satellites (2012), The Handbook of Satellite Applications. (2012.) Orbital Debris and Other Space Hazards (2013) and Small Satellites and their Regulation (2014). He is also the Director Emeritus of the Space and Advanced Communications Research Institute (SACRI) at George Washington University. This Institute, which he headed from 2005 to 2010, conducted state-of-the-art research on advanced satellite system concepts and space systems.  From 1988 to 1996 Dr. Pelton served as Director of the Interdisciplinary Telecommunications Program at the University of Colorado Boulder, which at that time was the world’s largest graduate level telecommunications program. Prior to that he held a number of positions at Intelsat and Comsat including serving as Director of Strategic Policy and Director of Project Share for Intelsat. Dr. Pelton is a Fellow of the International Association for the Advancement of Space Safety (IAASS) and a member of its Executive Board and Chairman of its Academic Committee. He is the also Executive Editor of the IAASS publication series. He is the former President of the International Space Safety Foundation of the US as well as the former President of the Global Legal Information Network and Founding President of the Society of Satellite Professionals International. Dr. Pelton was the founder of the Arthur C. Clarke Foundation and remains as the Vice Chairman of its Board of Directors. This Foundation honors Sir Arthur Clarke, who first conceived of the Communications Satellite (as of 1945).  Dr. Pelton was elected to full membership in the International Academy of Astronautics in 1998 and was awarded in 2000 the Sir Arthur Clarke Award for lifetime achievement in the field of satellite communications. He was elected to the Hall of Fame of the Society of Satellite Professionals International in 2001, an honor only extended to some 50 people in the field. In 2004 he was elected an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. His degrees in Physics and International Relations are from the University of Tulsa, New York University (NYU) and Georgetown University