Dr. Estey has over 30 years of satellite-related experience with SSL, TRW, AMROC, SAIC, and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in project management, systems engineering, and mechanical systems design and development.
He is currently the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of SSL. This sector is responsible for the design, manufacturing, and test of SSL’s high-power commercial communications satellites. The engineering group completes the detailed design of the satellite based upon specifications developed by the systems engineering sector. The manufacturing and test groups assemble the satellite and then conduct a series of tests including vibration, space simulations (vacuum chamber testing) and antenna range testing. Prior to taking on this position Dr. Estey led the Bus Subsystem Operations (BSO). The BSO organization is responsible for the design, assembly, and test of the main spacecraft structure, propulsion, power, controls, and thermal subsystems.
Dr. Estey joined SSL as a member of the Intelsat 9 program serving roles of Mechanical Systems engineer and Systems Engineering manager. This program included the development of a series of seven satellites produced and launched from 1998 to 2003. The systems engineering positions involved managing the effort of design verification through systems-level testing including spacecraft-level thermal vacuum testing, dynamics testing and RF testing in SSL's compact antenna range. Dr. Estey was also responsible for leading the SSL effort in the launch, transfer orbit, and in-orbit test phase of each satellite's life.
Prior to joining SSL Dr. Estey was a systems analyst at TRW. He was responsible for defining the specifications and conducting detailed analyses for some unique space-based propulsion and imaging systems. He was President and COO of AMROC, a privately held company that developed high-thrust hybrid rocket engines for the space launch vehicle industry. Dr. Estey was an Operations manager at Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC). The operation was focused on U.S. Government research in transportation and energy. Dr. Estey started his career as a lead propulsion engineer at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
Dr. Estey earned his BSc in mechanical engineering from Queen's University. He earned his MS in mechanical engineering from M.I.T. and his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Stanford University.