Events Calendar

Special Seminar

Prepare to Launch: How to Build a Space Company Out of Your Dorm Room

Payam Banazadeh, B.S. ASE 2012
CEO & Founder of Capella Space

Monday, November 15, 2021
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Hybrid Event: Mulva Auditorium, EER 0.904 or Zoom:

payam headshot photoThe Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics at The University of Texas at Austin is excited to bring alumnus Payam Banazadeh back to campus to tell his story of raising more than $100M of venture capital to build a space company and all the challenges (and fun) involved in entrepreneurship.

Payam Banazadeh is CEO & Founder of Capella Space, a Silicon Valley space company building a constellation of commercial Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) satellites in order to provide persistent monitoring services of anywhere in the globe. Payam holds a business/management degree from Stanford University and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.S. in aerospace engineering from The University of Texas. 

Prior to starting Capella Space Payam was a project manager and flight systems engineer at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and has been awarded NASA Mariner Award, NASA Discovery Award, and NASA Formulation Award. Payam was selected to be on the prestigious “Forbes 30 under 30” list in 2017 and Capella has been recognized by New York Times, Bloomberg, and Inc magazine as one of the top 25 disruptive companies in the world.