Cary Ludtke Former Vice President and General Manager Commercial Space Operations, Ball Aerospace LinkedIn

Cary Ludtke

Former Vice President and General Manager Commercial Space Operations, Ball Aerospace

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Cary is currently consulting with two space startups. The majority of his thirty two year career has been at Ball Aerospace, the last fourteen as general manager of Ball Aerospace's Commercial Space Operations Strategic Business Unit (SBU). Cary brings proven experience in enabling customer success through his business acumen, leadership, and by applying his spacecraft, instrument and systems design expertise.

From 2001 until current, Cary directed Commercial Space Operations (CSO) for Ball Aerospace. Previously, he was the Vice President of Engineering with responsibility for approximately 700 engineers. One notable highlight was the 12-month delivery of a fixed price spacecraft for NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. He and his team set a new standard for the design and fabrication of the QuikSCAT satellite in less than one year, thereby winning the Aviation Week & Space Technology 1999 Aerospace Laurel Award and the NASA Medal for Public Service.

Prior to QuikSCAT, Cary served in systems and design engineering roles on multiple other successful programs, most involving cutting edge remote sensing technologies. Specifically, he led the EarthWatch QuickBird program team as Deputy Program Manager and Lead Systems Engineer in the development of a highly successful spacecraft for his Colorado based customer, Digital Globe.

Cary holds a B.A. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Brigham Young University. His professional training includes completion of the Stanford Executive Institute training program for High-Tech Executive Managers.