In today’s Pathfinder podcast, host Mo Islam chats with cofounder and CEO of True Anomaly, Even Rogers. True Anomaly develops spacecraft and software solutions to make space a protected harbor for the US and its allies. They are focusing on offering: operational testing, responsive operations, and space domain awareness.
In today’s Pathfinder podcast, host Mo Islam chats with cofounder and CEO of True Anomaly, Even Rogers. Before founding True Anomaly, Even held a number of different space jobs, including Air Force space operations officer, where he helped lay the foundation for the establishment of the Space Force. While serving, he witnessed a shift within the space community from focusing on counterinsurgency operations to addressing vulnerabilities and threats in space systems amid the rise of China.
True Anomaly develops spacecraft and software solutions to make space a protected harbor for the US and its allies. They are focusing on offering: operational testing, responsive operations, and space domain awareness.
Even and Mo talk about the story behind True Anomaly, deterrence in space, and transitioning from the military to Silicon Valley. They also discuss:
And much more…
This episode is brought to you by SpiderOak, a US-based software company that builds space cybersecurity products and solutions for civilian, military, and commercial space operations. Learn more at https://spideroak.com/
• Chapters •
00:00 - Intro and ad
01:50 - Even's journey from the military to Silicon Valley
08:48 - True Anomaly overview
12:12 - How did you pick your initial team?
13:34 - Product overview and roadmap
16:18 - Upcoming demo mission
19:07 - Current and future clients
21:43 - Key metric: cost per maneuver
25:24 - Autonomy and AI
28:20 - Security and data integrity
30:00 - SpiderOak ad break
30:48 - DoD's focus: "tactical and responsive"
33:36 - Vertical integration of True Anomaly
34:23 - Team construction and bridging skill gaps
38:25 - What has changed in the VC market for space startups?
44:37 - Deterrence theory in space
48:52 - Other veteran owned space companies
49:56 - Why Denver?
• Show notes •
True Anomaly's website — https://www.trueanomaly.space/
True Anomaly's socials — https://twitter.com/The_TrueAnomaly
Mo's socials — https://twitter.com/itsmoislam
Payload’s socials — https://twitter.com/payloadspace / https://www.linkedin.com/company/payloadspace
Pathfinder archive — Watch: https://www.youtube.com/@payloadspace Pathfinder archive — Listen: https://pod.payloadspace.com/episodes
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