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Satellite Industry Association Applauds Appointment of Chirag Parikh as Executive Secretary of National Space Council

Washington, D.C., August 03, 2021 – The Satellite Industry Association (SIA) today released a statement regarding the appointment of Chirag Parikh as the new Executive Secretary of the National Space Council.

“On behalf of SIA and its members, I would like to congratulate Chirag Parikh on being appointed as the new Executive Secretary of the National Space Council,” said Tom Stroup, president of the Satellite Industry Association.  “His previous service as Director of Space Policy in the National Security Council combined with his executive experience at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency make him an ideal choice to assist Vice President Harris to oversee the day to day operations of the Council.  Thanks to innovation and decreased costs, the commercial satellite industry is growing at a tremendous pace and we applaud the Administration’s appointment of Mr. Parikh.  SIA and its members look forward to working with the Vice President, Mr. Parikh and the entire Council on vital issues such as maintaining a sustainable and safe space environment while promoting cybersecurity, climate change, STEM and other initiatives that are vital for the commercial satellite industry.”

Earlier this year, SIA applauded the decision of the Administration of U.S. President Joseph Biden to keep the National Space Council which is tasked to assist the President regarding national space policy and strategy.  The Council was originally established by Executive Order in 1989 and was revived in 2017.   During the previous Administration, the Council was chaired by Vice President Pence and included a number of senior federal government officials.

About The Satellite Industry Association

SIA is a U.S.-based trade association providing representation of the leading satellite operators, service providers, manufacturers, launch services providers, and ground equipment suppliers. For more than two decades, SIA has advocated on behalf of the U.S. satellite industry on policy, regulatory, and legislative issues affecting the satellite business. For more information, visit

SIA Executive Members include: Amazon; AT&T Services, Inc.; The Boeing Company; EchoStar Corporation; Intelsat S.A.; Iridium Communications Inc.; Kratos Defense & Security Solutions; Ligado Networks; Lockheed Martin Corporation; OneWeb; SES Americom, Inc.; Space Exploration Technologies Corp.; Spire Global Inc.; and Viasat Inc. SIA Associate Members include: ABS US Corp.; Amazon Web Services; Artel, LLC; AST & Science; Astranis Space Technologies Corp.; Blue Origin; Eutelsat America Corp.; ExoAnalytic Solutions; HawkEye 360; Hughes; Inmarsat, Inc.; Kymeta Corporation; Leonardo DRS; Lynk; Omnispace; Ovzon; Panasonic Avionics Corporation; Peraton; Planet; SpaceLink; Telesat Canada; ULA; UltiSat and XTAR, LLC. SIA Affiliate Members include: The Aerospace Corporation; Akash Systems Inc.; ARA; Aurora Insight; COMSAT; Envistacom, LLC; Integrasys LLC, Kaman Precision Products; Kencast; Keysight Technologies, Inc.; Media Broadcast Satellite; Orange Business Services; Plexus Corp; Sheppard Mullin; Skylo Technologies; and Wiley