Ben Haldeman works on rockets, launching large numbers of Planet Labs' “Dove" satellites to space. He also works on corporate strategy, has delivered over a hundred spacecraft and led the design of Planet's instrument payload to image the Earth daily. At the Las Cumbers Observatory Global Telescope, he created the first global robotic telescope network to provide persistent tasking of the stars. Ben completed his Master’s in Mechanical Engineering at UC Berkeley where he designed life detection instrumentation for a Mars rover mission. Ben specializes in bringing an agile approach to hardware and space and believes this approach will be the catalyst to humanity becoming a spacefairing species. He thrives on big challenges with ultra marathon wins, a professional cycling career, and a list of extreme rock climbs from around the world.