Lafayette, Colorado, July 26, 2021–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Small satellite manufacturer and mission services provider Blue Canyon Technologies LLC (“BCT” or “Blue Canyon”), a wholly owned subsidiary of Raytheon Technologies, announced today that it has appointed Karen McConnell as its Executive Director of Engineering.
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“Karen brings Blue Canyon a proven track record of success with proven experience and leadership throughout her long career in aerospace engineering,” said Stephen Steig, co-founder and CEO of Blue Canyon Technologies. “Blue Canyon will continue to strive for the industry’s best and brightest in its recruitment, promotion and business practices. “
McConnell’s primary responsibility is to manage the performance, reliability, and delivery schedules of Blue Canyon’s total product line. It will also direct the implementation of program performance improvement efforts, which will streamline BCT implementation and improve operational efficiency. In addition, McConnell will oversee the continued development of the Saturn class microsate production line, helping Blue Canyon maintain its innovative advantage in the ever-changing field of microsatellites.
“The opportunity to work with Stephen, the rest of his leadership team, and all the very talented women and men at Blue Canyon Technologies is an amazing next stage in my aviation career,” McConnell said. “This is a period of excitement and a great opportunity for the new space economy.”
Prior to joining Blue Canyon, McConnell worked at Ball Aerospace, TRW (now Northrop Grumman), and AeroAstro LLC, where she was first introduced to work with small satellites. She holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Aeronautical, Aeronautical, and Astronautical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, as well as a Master’s degree in Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering from Stanford University.
About Blue Canyon Technologies
Blue Canyon Technologies (BCT), a wholly owned subsidiary of Raytheon Technologies, offers a variety of innovative, reliable and affordable spacecraft that enable a wide range of missions and technological advancements for the new space economy, reducing barriers to space entry. BCT currently supports nearly 50 unique missions with more than 90 spacecraft, all in production at a newly developed 80,000 square foot facility in Lafayette, Colorado.
BCT supported missions for the US Air Force, NASA and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, and provided attitude control systems for the first interplanetary CubeSats, which successfully traveled to Mars. The company has won accolades from Inc.’s 5000 Fastest Growing Private Enterprise, the 2020 Best in Biz Award and the 2020 Tibbetts Award.
For the latest news on Blue Canyon Technologies and for other information about the company, please visit www.bluecanyontech.com. You can follow the company on Instagram here or on Twitter over here.
About Raytheon Intelligence & Space
Raytheon Intelligence & Space provides the disruptive technologies our customers need to succeed in any field, in the face of any challenge. A developer of advanced sensors, training, electronic and software solutions, Raytheon Intelligence & Space provides a critical advantage to civilian, military and commercial customers in more than 46 countries around the world. Headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, the company generated $15 billion in pro forma annual revenue in 2020 and has 37,000 employees worldwide. Raytheon Intelligence & Space is one of four companies that make up Raytheon Technologies Corporation.
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