“GVF – The Bridge Connecting Our Industry” Joakim Espeland

As one of the SSPI “20 Under 35” award recipients in 2022 Joakim Espeland writes about his, and his company’s, relationship with GVF as the association celebrates its 25th year.

“Over the past few years, we have been lucky to work in close collaboration with the Global VSAT Forum (GVF). We see GVF very much as the bridge to connect with the wider industry and have greatly appreciated the support, feedback, and connections it has afforded us. GVF’s support has proven invaluable to ensuring our solution would meet the testing demands of the industry and with enabling in-depth discussions with many of the satellite operators.

During our recent work as part of the ESA Artes programme, we received valuable technical support from GVF, which significantly aided our development process throughout the programme and helped us to meet the requirements set out by ESA. During the most recent phase, this meant we could further develop, validate and certify our UAV testing system, and we are now able to announce availability of a productised version that can be operated directly by users.”

Joakim Espeland, CEO, QuadSAT

Joakim Espeland is CEO and Co-founder of QuadSAT, a Danish company that has developed brand new tools and techniques for testing and calibrating satellite antennas being deployed in high-value maritime and aeronautical markets. Together with his co-founder, Joakim began the company as a University project to use drones for satellite antenna testing.

Prior to starting QuadSAT, Joakim held previous positions with Global Eagle Entertainment and EMC (Expanding Mobile Connectivity). Joakim has a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from VIA University. He is fluent in English and Norwegian.

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