Director / Founder
Steve is the founder and managing director of Craft Prospect. He oversees the company technical delivery by the respective discipline leads. His own experience includes leadership of national space missions from proposal through to in-orbit operations, growing and developing engineering teams, establishing international partnerships for space development and mission lab facilities, and acting as project manager and design authority for space missions and systems. He finds the challenge in running a small space SME matched by the enthusiasm and dedication of the team at Craft Prospect highly rewarding. When not Crafting/Prospecting, his interests include work as a trustee for a local charity, scuba diving, skiing and playing games with his daughter.
Steve’s work has been recognised by a number of awards and fellowships over ten years in the space industry including Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851, Sir Frank Whittle award, and as a finalist of the Arthur C Clark space individual of the year.
Quantum Technologies Lead
Doug is an experienced systems engineer, both in and out of the space industry, with a background in electronics. His focus over the last few years has been on new space ground segment design, occasionally taking a break to look at the space side. His primary focus at Craft Prospect is systems concepts modelling and blue sky design of quantum key distribution missions.
Murray has a background in academia, with a PhD in aerospace engineering and diverse postdoctoral experience. His main expertise is in robotics, combining neural networks, sensor fusion and feedback control to enable autonomy in robotic systems. His primary role at Craft Prospect is in the development of satellite autonomy, using neural networks to facilitate low-power, on-board decision making.
Outside of the Craft Prospect imagination mine, Murray enjoys bouldering, swimming, cycling, video games, convoluted home projects and retuning his guitar, butchering the first part of Stairway to Heaven and putting the guitar away again.
Embedded Systems Lead
Phil is an embedded systems engineer with a PhD and MEng in Electronic and Electrical Engineering. He has 10 years’ experience designing SoC-based systems and was involved in the development of UKube-1. His primary role at Craft Prospect is the productisation of in-house design concepts, making them suitable as a commercial product for space.
Data Analysis Lead
Clare has a twin, who resembles her closely. It is currently unclear which of the two is the evil twin. Craft Prospect reserves the right to replace Clare with her twin if it discovers that Clare is the evil one.
Software Systems Engineer
Frank has a background in aerospace engineering at the Delft University of Technology, specialised in space exploration. He has experience in satellite trajectory optimisation, machine learning, ADCS modelling, and Quantum Key Distribution (QKD). His primary role at Craft Prospect is the development of software for secure autonomous satellite applications. Frank is known for his bad taste in movies and his love of cycling, cooking, playing guitar and finding excuses to get new power tools.