Bulent  Altan

    Bulent Altan

    Founding Partner Alpine Space Ventures, Former Vice President SpaceX

    Bulent is a NewSpace veteran having spent his two decades in this industry in the most cutting-edge and disruptive space companies.

    Bulent began his career as one of the first employees at the then newly-established SpaceX in 2004, having graduated from Stanford University and following completion of his studies at the Technical University of Munich.

    At SpaceX, he was essential in growing the company’s avionics department from seven people to over 200 and was as Vice-President responsible for the avionics of the Falcon rockets as well as the Dragon capsule. In his latest role for the company Bulent was Vice-President of Satellite Mission Assurance for SpaceX’s Starlink satellite mega-constellation.

    Bulent left SpaceX from 2014 to 2016 to co-found the start-up ecosystem and aerospace industry in Europe, during which period he held positions as a partner and mentor at the Munich industrial start-up accelerator TechFounders and take on the role of Head of Digital Transformation and Innovation at Airbus Defence and Space.

    Following his second stint at SpaceX until the end of 2017, Bulent also helped disrupt the space communications landscape leading Mynaric, a free-space optical communications company, as their CEO.


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      Shaping the Change – New Approaches for New Times

      The gap in terms of capabilities, technologies, and investments has widened between Europe on one side and the USA and China on the other. Germany and Europe need greater ambitions to safeguard and enhance their competi-tiveness and security. How can we better learn from global partners and competitors? What are critical lessons learned? What specific measures need to be taken to bring Germany and Europe back to the forefront?

      Generalleutnant Michael Vetter, Abteilungsleiter, Cyber- und Informationstechnik im BMVg 

      Bulent Altan, Founding Partner, Alpine Space Ventures
      Rodrigo da Costa, Executive Director, European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA)
      Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Andreas Knopp, Sprecher Forschungszentrum SPACE, Universität der Bundeswehr München
      Aaron Nzau, Founder & CEO, SayariLabs
      Generalleutnant Michael Vetter, Abteilungsleiter, Cyber- und Informationstechnik im BMVg