WASHINGTON – Scott Soenen, who held key engineering jobs at Capella Space and Planet, is the new chief technology officer of Hydrosat, a data analytics company building a satellite constellation to produce a global thermal infrared map.
“If you are looking for the one person that has engineered successful remote sensing data platforms across three high-growth commercial satellite operators, Scott is that person,” Hydrosat CEO Pieter Fossel said in a statement. “Scott is not only an exceptional engineer, he is also an exceptional company builder.”
Earlier in his career, Soenen served as chief technology for RapidEye, the German company operating a constellation of commercial Earth-observation satellites that was acquired by Blackbridge Ltd. Planet acquired the RapidEye constellation in 2015. After the acquisition, Soenen became Planet’s senior vice president for product engineering. In 2018, Soenen moved to Capella Space to be the vice president for product engineering.
Now, Soenen is joining Hydrosat because he is convinced the firm’s data products can help address challenges related to food security, water scarcity and climate risk.
“We share a vision that with every passing year these issues become more important and commercial Earth observation will play a key role in better understanding and responding ...