Daniel Rockberger
Co-Chair
Space Management and Business Department

I was born in London England and moved with my family to Israel in 1981 where i went through the entire education system including my undergraduate degree of Mechanical Engineering at the Technion Institute of Technology (SSP16 host site), graduating in 2003. Prior to my undergraduate degree, I worked as a composite technician for a year and a half, and therefore have experience in hands on composite fabrication. My final undergraduate project and my Masters internship at NASA, were both in the field of composite structures design, optimization, fabrication, and testing.

I worked in the UAV industry for nine years, and in 2005 decided to pursue a space career and joined the ISU masters program of 2005/6. Upon my return in 2006 I joined Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) and worked on the design of the AMOS communication satellite series.

In parallel to my work at IAI I founded the Israeli Nano Satellite Association, and started the seeds of the Nano satellite activity in Israel, that led to eight different satellites being built and launched by industry, academia and even high school pupils. I was also the deputy manager of the Venus vegetation satellite that IAI are developing for CNES, which is due to be launched on a Vega launcher in 2017. My ISU masters internship was at NASA Goddard working on the design of the LRO mission to the Moon.

I founded my first company NSL Satellites in 2009. Here we developed new innovative technologies under an FP7 funded European fund. Our technology has been launched on a NanoSatellite in January 2017. We also built an educational program in multiple schools and launched 15 experiments to date to the ISS. Nowadays the project is run by the Ramon Foundation, which is run by Rona Ramon, the wife of late Israeli astronaut Ilan Ramon.

In 2008 I also attempted and took part in the ESA astronaut selection. In 2015 I founded my second company, NSLCOMM, raising funds from multiple venture capital funds. This is where my focus is today. In my company we develop high bandwidth expandable antennas for satellites.

Perhaps my greatest achievement happened after finishing my ISU Master Program. Together with Michael Potter I established the Ramon Scholarship Fund for Israeli participants to attend ISU. Since 2008 we have raised over $500K, plus matching funds from the Israel Ministry of Science, and we sent over 40 participants to ISU programs.

I am excited to chair the MGB department this year and hope to meet you soon!