Payam Banazadeh’s Great Roles through His Firm, Capella Space Founder and CEO
Payam Banazade founded Capella Space, a company in Silicon Valley that is building the biggest Synthetic Aperture Radar, SAR. The satellite constellation system will give hourly surveillance services worldwide. Payam holds a degree in business and management from Stanford University, a bachelor’s degree in aeronautical engineering, and a Magna Cum Laude from the University of Texas.
Before joining Capella Space, Payam Banazadeh was a flight systems engineer and project manager at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). He won different awards such as NASA Discovery, NASA Mariner, and NASA Formula. Payam was in the recent past ranked 30-30 by Forbes in 2017, while Capella was named one of the 25 most disruptive companies in the world by the New York Times, Bloomberg, and Inc magazines.
Payam Banazadeh reflects the impact of technology on society, human behavior, economy, and politics. Capella Space had made entrepreneurs famous and was initially formulated in Payam’s mind when studying for a degree at Stanford University. There was news that Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 from Kuala Lumpur to China was missing. The news shocked the world. Although the plane is believed to have crashed into the ocean, no record of the missing location was found immediately.
In an increasingly interconnected world, the mystery of the disappearance of airplanes has puzzled and shocked people across the planet. Payam Banazadeh believes the disappearance of planes from radars around the world is evidence why there is a need for a better system. It will monitor the earth surface changes and other related details. Flight 370 clearly shows no such system, which is contrary to many people’s views.
The awareness of this need prompted Payam and his partners to create a satellite cluster that regularly monitors the earth and provides essential data based on observations. Using these satellites, organizations worldwide will understand better the use of infrastructure, food shortages, environmental changes, and more. Capella Space was born based on this core idea.