PACA Space Debris was founded in an era when the problem of space debris gained publicity due to its accelerated growth, a trend which was predicted 40 years ago by NASA scientists. PACA Space Debris aims to mitigate this increasing threat by the active removal of space debris using a specialized network of ground and space-based systems. Coupled with the newly emerging market for private and commercial space enterprise, this new model will ignite humanity’s efforts to protect the Low Earth Orbit environment and enable human kind’s future utilization and exploration of space.
Our company is based on the philosophy that simplicity, low-cost, and reliability can go hand in hand. By eliminating the traditional layers of management, internally, and sub-contractors, externally, we reduce our costs while speeding decision making and delivery. Likewise, by keeping the vast majority of manufacturing in house, we reduce our costs, keep tighter control of quality, and ensure a tight feedback loop between the design and manufacturing teams. And by focusing on simple, proven designs with a primary focus on reliability, we reduce the costs associated with complex systems operating at the margin.
PACA Space Debris was established in 2010 by the founder of IBR Services, LLC., Ana Maria Tang. A skilled leader with razor-sharp business skills, Ana Maria is able to identify targets that are invisible to others and has the acumen to chart a course to meet these objectives. An exceptional leader who is able to develop and motivate others to achieve targets and objectives, she demonstrates a strong ability to manage projects from conception through to successful completion. A proactive individual who follows a logical approach to challenges, she performs effectively within a highly pressurised working environment. She is also a visionary and has a unique perspective; her sense of vision led her to identify Space Debris as one of the key issues facing humanity this century and to gather a consortium of interested parties to address this critical danger. She believes that the goodness in all living beings is superior to any threat they may inadvertently create and her faith and leadership has held the team together through every challenge. Some of Ana Maria’s recent accomplishments include:
- AGI Systems Toolkit Comprehensive Training
- IEEE Aerospace Conference Author and Presenter for Space Debris Removal
- Conference Participant – Caltech Laser Interferometer Gravitational wave Observatory
- Conference Participant – Caltech Computes, future of Systems Computing
- Conference Participant – Caltech Alumni College, Space Exploration
PACA Space Debris is happy to announce the integration of its core team by the engagement of Philip Arun Venturelli, a senior Aerospace engineer. Through IBR’s PACA Space Debris Removal program, Philip Arun Venturelli is able to accomplish the lifelong dream for which he has previously served as a mentor and educator.
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Principal Engineer Philip Arun Venturelli’s Bio:
Philip Arun Venturelli is a cutting-edge systems engineer who has developed innovative applications in space and airborne electro-optic sensor / sensor-target disciplines by spearheading productive collaborations with various NASA centers. Additionally, Philip has authored multiple NASA proposals based on patents obtained for proposed technology. He submitted a proposal to NASA Code M at the Johnson Space Center and was awarded a coveted flight opportunity to run experiments on the KC-135 aircraft.
Philip has worked for Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems, pioneering a variety of innovations including computer code for a major initiative for the U.S. Army and at Northrop Grumman where Philip, in a unique collaboration with the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), developed and a one-of-a-kind robotic vehicle. Philip also worked at the Naval Research Laboratories, and the US Naval Observatory on research related to astrodynamics and optics. He has won multiple grants from Caltech and the NSF for research, technology, and entrepreneurial development. He has attained patents, developed a series of peer-reviewed papers and he has conducted presentations around the world in areas involving gravitational physics, robotics, remote sensing, and control and dynamics.
Philip holds a B.S. in Physics from Caltech.
In a historical overview written in early 2009, Kessler summed up the Space Debris situation bluntly:
Aggressive space activities without adequate safeguards could significantly shorten the time between collisions and produce an intolerable hazard to future spacecraft. Some of the most environmentally dangerous activities in space include large constellations such as those initially proposed by the Strategic Defense Initiative in the mid-1980s, large structures such as those considered in the late-1970s for building solar power stations in Earth orbit, and anti-satellite warfare using systems tested by the USSR, the U.S., and China over the past 30 years. Such aggressive activities could set up a situation where a single satellite failure could lead to cascading failures of many satellites in a period of time much shorter than years.