Apr 26 - 28

Spring CubeSat Workshop

San Luis Obispo, CA – Organized and hosted by Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
May 1 - 2

Interplanetary Small Satellite Conference

San Jose, CA – Organized by the ISSC Organizing Committee
May 15

Unnamed client

Ground test of new Remote Acoustic Sensor (RAS) RocketCam (approx. date)
May 29

EchoStar-21 spacecraft (launched on Proton)

Onboard video for monitoring RF antenna deployments (approx. date)


Mike Alvarez

VP of Business Development, Board Member, Officer

Mike has extensive experience in satellite control systems and test equipment in support of mission operations, and is an accomplished software engineer and software development manager.

He is responsible for day-to-day Ecliptic business-development, sales operations and customer relations with Ecliptic's larger clients.  He also contributes to the firm's R&D planning efforts and to various technical contracts.  Mike was Ecliptic's VP of Engineering for 5 years (2006-2010).

Before coming to Ecliptic, Mike worked for ten years as a software development engineer and manager for satellite control systems used for geostationary communications satellites, supporting over a dozen actual missions.  He held positions of increasing levels of responsibility for nine years at L3 Communications, Storm Control Systems Division, where he managed a team of software development engineers, developed customer requirements and derived product requirements, executed software and mission operations testing phases and supported Storm's ISO 9000 process development and certification initiative.  Mike worked at Hughes Information Technology Systems before transferring to Storm Control Systems.  (Storm Control Systems was acquired by L-3 in 1998.)

Before his work at Hughes and L3, he worked as a mechanical engineer at a paper plant in China and as a staff engineer and teaching assistant at the University of California in Santa Barbara.

  • M.S. Mechanical and Environmental Engineering, University of California at Santa Barbara
  • B.S. Mathematics and Applied Science, University of California at Los Angeles