Denver, USA. 08 June 2021. BridgeComm, Inc., optical wireless communications (OWC) solutions and services provider has appointed Dr. Sandra Magnus to its advisory board. A retired NASA astronaut who is currently the principal of AstroPlanetview, she brings a wealth of industry knowledge to BridgeComm’s rich, diverse and highly experienced advisory board, guiding its growth while identifying and capitalizing on emerging industry trends that will shape the future of OWC.
“BridgeComm is thrilled to welcome Dr. Magnus to our advisory team,” says BridgeComm CEO Barry Matsumori. “Her expertise in the space industry will play an invaluable role in advancing BridgeComm’s mission to speed the adoption of OWC systems.”
Dr. Magnus’ space flights include NASA’s 2002 STS-112 and 2011 STS-135 shuttle missions, as well as the November 2008 flight to the International Space Station, where she served as flight engineer and science officer on Expedition 18. Upon returning home on STS-119 after four and a half months onboard, she served at NASA headquarters in the Exploration Systems Mission Directorate. Her work with the international community includes the European Space Agency and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, to name a few. Additionally, Dr. Magnus served as the deputy director of engineering at the Office of the Secretary of Defense for the undersecretary of research and engineering.
Dr. Magnus received a Ph.D. from the School of Materials Science and Engineering at Georgia Tech and has received numerous honors and awards, including the NASA Space Flight Medal, NASA Distinguished Service Medal and NASA Exceptional Service Medal, among others.
“There has never been a more exciting time for the space industry,” says Dr. Magnus. “I am excited to serve as an advisory board member for BridgeComm. Optical communications, especially wireless optical communications, has been and will continue to be an important capability for the space sector and I look forward to being involved in the advancement of the technology.”