Director and Founder
Steve is the founder and managing director of Craft Prospect. 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. When not Crafting or 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.
Head of Systems
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 modeling and blue sky design of quantum key distribution missions.
Outside of work Doug no longer has a life of his own due to having a young family. On the rare event, he gets time for his own hobbies he enjoys football, winter sports, gaming, cooking, and wine.
Autonomous Systems Lead
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.
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.
Payload Systems Lead
Cassandra is a spacecraft and test engineer from Los Angeles. She started her career at NASA’s JPL, working on the Curiosity rover mission and developing new supersonic decelerators for Mars missions. Her expertise includes mechanical and test engineering. Her role at Craft Prospect is to design and build the QKD payload for the upcoming ROKS mission.
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.
Space Systems Engineer
Craig is a systems engineer with an MEng in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering. He has a background in academic research, developing AI systems and IoT sensors for power transmission systems, and his space experience comes from leading systems engineering on the Unicorn-1 picosatellite. His skills in embedded electronics and software design are put to the test at Craft Prospect in the design and development of reliable hardware and software for flight systems.
Space Systems Engineer
Colin is a space systems engineer with an MSc in Advanced Mechanical Engineering with Aerospace. In 2019, Colin attended the Φ-week bootcamp in Rome; his team was awarded 1st place for their work on forest fire prevention using Earth observation data. His main role at Craft Prospect is providing system level support to the ongoing ROKS mission.
Outside of work, Colin is an avid skateboarder and played a key role in the creation of a skate park in Kirkintilloch, just a few stops outside Glasgow.
Space Quantum Technology Developer
Sonali has a double masters and a PhD in theoretical high energy physics along with diverse interdisciplinary background not limited to quantum gravity, gravitational waves, black holes, stars, optics, AI, and quantum information. She works to conceptualize and realize novel applications of quantum technologies in space and pushing the frontiers of science and technology by putting fundamental physics experiments in orbit.
Outside of work, she is a keynote speaker, poet, gender strategy consultant and is the founder of the literary magazine Carved Voices.