Issue 2 2023

CEO MONTHLY / ISSUE 2 2023 13 Mar22259 Space is for All Making space more accessible for the small satellite industry, Space Resources Laboratory (Space Resources) is celebrating awards success as Subham Gupta is named CEO of the Year, 2022 - Cranfield, the United Kingdom. He tells us more about his pioneering company and its innovative offering. Based in the UK, space subsystem provider Space Resources Laboratory specialises in state-of-theart pioneering products, including CubeSats, Propulsion Systems, and ADCS components, and is dedicated to developing innovative solutions that meet the needs of its clients. With the catchy motto “Space is for all”, the firm aims to provide low-cost satellite solutions to make space more accessible and affordable. “This is a key goal for Space Resources Laboratory, and we believe that it is an important part of our overall success,” explains Subham Gupta, the firm’s CEO. “We have always prioritised this value, and it has not changed since our establishment.” The firm also has a number of other core values that guides the business and contributes to its overall success. These values centre around teamwork, innovation, integrity, and a commitment to excellence. By focusing on these values, Space Resources is able to deliver high-quality products and services to its clients and build strong, lasting relationships. Subham holds a master’s degree in Astronautics and Space Engineering as well as a bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering. He has been endorsed as an Exceptional Talent by the Royal Academy of Engineering and the UK Government, and also serves as the CTO for Asteroid Mining Corporation, in addition to holding an exceptional talent VISA. These are just a few of the things which set Subham apart from his peers and demonstrate his commitment to excellence in engineering. As a leader, Subham tells us that he has a collaborative leadership style and prioritises creating a positive and comfortable work environment for his team. “I have developed my leadership skills over time through a variety of experiences, including starting at small positions and working my way up to leadership roles,” he elaborates. “I have strong technical, oratory, and people skills that have helped me succeed in these roles.” Space Resources primarily serves small industries that are looking to utilise space technology, such as internet service providers, industries in the telecoms sector, universities, and science projects that need space validation. One of the key ways the company positions itself in order to differentiate from competitors is through its propulsion system offering, which is capable of deorbiting satellites at the end of their life in order to prevent the accumulation of space debris in the low earth orbit. This unique selling point clearly demonstrates the firm’s commitment to sustainability and responsible use of space resources, emphasising its overall goal of providing clients with innovative, cost-effective solutions that meet their needs. Of course, another way that Space Resources stands out is through the hard work and commitment of its staff, and Subham is keen to sing their praises. “They play a crucial role,” he enthuses. “I rely on their skills, expertise, and dedication to help us achieve our goals and deliver high-quality work to our clients.” The culture is one of teamwork and collaboration, with Subham actively fostering a positive and inclusive environment to encourage open communication, creativity, and innovation, which are all key to the firm’s success. “We also place a strong emphasis on ongoing learning and professional development, as this helps to ensure that our team members are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need to excel in their roles. Overall, I believe that our culture plays a significant role in our success by helping to create a positive and productive work environment that enables us to consistently deliver highquality results.” Subham and the team are no stranger to awards, having been named Aerospace Company of the Year 2022 by the Prestige Start-up Awards. In addition to this, Space Resources has raised £250k in investment and won the Aerospace UP Grant, which will help it to continue growing and expanding. More recently, the company celebrated another win, this time with the focus firmly on Subham himself as he gained recognition with the prestigious title of CEO of the Year, 2022 – Cranfield, the United Kingdom. Understandably delighted, but still very modest and humble, Subham thanks his team for their commitment. “This is a significant achievement that reflects the hard work and dedication of our team, and we are very proud to have received this recognition,” he says, delightedly. “These achievements are a testament to the progress we have made over the past year, and we are excited to see what the future holds for our company.” Indeed, as the future beckons, Subham and his team have big plans moving forward. As well as the launch of new products, there is also the potential for expansion into new countries, plus a seed round of investment in order to achieve longer term goals. And as for Subham’s own personal career development? “As I continue to grow and take on new challenges, I plan to continue learning and adapting my leadership style to fit the needs of my team and the specific goals we are working towards. I have always believed that ‘Leaders create more leaders and not followers’.” Contact: Subham Gupta Company: Space Resources Laboratory Ltd Web Address: Dec 140