ASTRA Announces New Director of Space Weather Services

Joseph Kunches to lead ASTRA Space Weather Products and Services

Joe Kunches, Dir Space Weather ServicesBoulder, Colorado, June 19, 2014 – Atmospheric & Space Technology Research Associates, LLC (ASTRA), a space weather research and technology development company, announces a new appointment in their Space Weather Services division. Joseph Kunches joins ASTRA as Director of Space Weather Services. Most recently, Mr. Kunches served as the Lead for customer and outreach services at NOAA’s Space Weather Prediction Center. He has served as Secretary of the International Space Environment Service (ISES), which enables international collaboration of space weather expertise between member nations. Additionally, Mr. Kunches drove the development of space weather standards for the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) of the United Nations.

According to Geoff Crowley, CEO and Chief Scientist of ASTRA, “Joe is a respected leader in developing space weather products and services with a history that spans five solar cycles. He brings particular expertise in the aviation and GNSS communities to our existing GPS programs. Additionally, his skills will support ASTRA’s expanding portfolio of government, academic and private programs. We look forward to having Mr. Kunches’ leadership and insights to complement our expanding business.”

About Atmospheric & Space Technology Research Associates, LLC (“ASTRA”)

With expertise in Space Weather and its impacts on communications, navigation, surveillance, power grids & pipelines, ASTRA helps its customers identify and mitigate potentially catastrophic disruptions to these vital systems. ASTRA provides custom services and solutions for Government, DoD, NASA, University and Commercial customers. ASTRA leverages its scientific and engineering expertise to develop unique solutions in HF radar and radio, GPS systems, satellite remote sensing, CubeSats and Lidar. For more information on ASTRA, visit

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