Who We Are
ASTRA’s scientists and engineers are known for cross-disciplinary technology development and the creation of new hardware and software tools. Our expertise encompasses both space weather fundamentals and its impacts on our customers’ business-critical systems, so that we can engineer effective solutions.
Building on a foundation of fundamental space physics research, we design, develop, build and deploy novel ground-based and space-based instrumentation and sophisticated computer models, which are used by our customers for space weather monitoring and other specialized applications to help mitigate potentially catastrophic disruptions to their vital systems.
With a combined breadth of experience spanning decades and multiple disciplines, our team provides unique capabilities, and customized engineering and data services to customers in both the public and private sectors.
Our partners and collaborators around the world enable us to deploy instrumentation globally allowing for complete and reliable data acquisition. ASTRA is headquartered in Louisville, CO.
Geoffrey Crowley, Ph.D.
Chief Executive Officer
As an accomplished entrepreneur with a proven track record of technology development and commercialization success, Geoff brings his passion for applying scientific knowledge and engineering principles to solving real-world problems.
Geoff excels at forming and leading teams to develop and commercialize new technologies. These include specialized GPS-receivers, RF technologies, and several other miniaturized CubeSat instruments.
Under his leadership, ASTRA maintains > 80th percentile for commercialization of SBIR Phase-II products. ASTRA was selected as a Winner of the Colorado Companies to Watch Award in June 2016.
Geoff earned his PhD in Ionospheric Physics from the University of Leicester, UK and a B.S. in Physics from the University of Durham, UK. He has published over 150 scientific articles on his research into space physics and space weather, establishing his experience and credibility in these fields.
Chief Operations Officer
Chad Fish is the Chief Operating Officer at ASTRA. Prior to that he was the Chief Technical Officer and then the COO at OmniEarth Analytics. He has also served as the branch manager, PI, PM, and systems engineer in the Space Environment Measurements branches of SDL’s Civil and Military Space divisions and was the Director of Space Instrumentation in the Center for Space Engineering at USU.
Mr. Fish has been a research scientist, PM, SE, and electrical design engineer on various International Space Station (ISS), satellite, CubeSat, and sounding rocket projects. His technical background is in upper atmospheric radar and electro-optical remote sensing techniques, in-situ and remote ionospheric sensing techniques, high-speed analog and digital electronics, and power systems. Mr. Fish has an M.S in Electrical Engineering from Utah State University.
Vice President of Operations
Gerald leads the Operations and Business Development cycle from capture and proposal Management, through customer satisfaction and retention for ASTRA's government and commercial customers.
He is responsible for developing and executing the commercialization strategy across ASTRA's five divisions and spin-off organizations.
Gerald maintains a focus on building strategic relationships that amplify mutual capabilities, and produce and maintain competitive advantage for our customers.
In a prior organization, Gerald led the product Innovation and Operations roles enabling technology development and growth that doubled revenues three times.
Director of Space Systems
Mr. Erik Stromberg is currently the Director of the Space Systems Division at ASTRA. He has served as a program manager (PM), systems engineer (SE), and design engineer (electrical/mechanical) on a wide variety of small satellite and sounding rocket projects. His technical background is in the development of miniaturized sensors to fly on small satellite platforms, as well as designing novel, cutting-edge, high-speed reliable communication systems.
Mr. Stromberg has been involved in the development of novel communications platforms throughout his professional career, including the development and implementation of an SDR ground station system installed at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility. He currently leads ASTRA’s development of cutting-edge sensor and subsystem engineering efforts for various DoD and Civil government agencies from small satellites, sounding rockets, and hypersonic platforms.
ASTRA has worked with a multitude of agencies within the Department of Defense, as well as many other prominent universities,and research and scientific institutions. Our ability to meet and exceed our customers requirements for missions and other programs set ASTRA apart from other companies in the field.