Akash Systems Inc., focused on resolving the explosive growth of data consumption by enabling smarter and lighter satellite systems, has appointed industry leader Brian Holz as chief architect. Holz brings extensive space satellite experience from his work directing the design and construction of satellite constellations for leading commercial organizations.

“With competition becoming fierce in the crowded satellite industry, we recognized the need to bring the best minds to our team,” says Akash Co-founder, CEO and GaN on Diamond inventor Felix Ejeckam. “A proven visionary, Brian is one of those minds, and he will bolster our systems development as we ramp up efforts to deliver next-generation RF communications links to a world that continues to demand increased connectivity.”

With extensive experience in space systems engineering, program management and executive leadership, Holz will further Akash’s mission of reimagining tomorrow’s communication systems by developing the next generation of small satellites and the components that power them. He was previously CEO of OneWeb Satellites, and executive vice president and CTO of O3b Networks. He brings expertise in startup management, global supply chain operations, multi-discipline team leadership and core technology development.

“Today the satellite industry is massively hindered by bandwidth constraints and Akash’s components will be game-changing for the entire industry,” says Khosla Ventures investor, Delian Asparouhov. “Brian is a key component of helping us transform communications in space.”

Holz joins Akash Systems just as the company has completed its critical FCC filing for an experimental license, which grants organizations the ability to conduct scientific and research missions.