Christopher Stott

Christopher (Chris) Stott is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of ManSat, an orbital frequencies and regulatory services company with clients throughout North America headquartered on the Isle of Man with offices in London and Houston. Chris also serves on the Main Board of the Society of Satellite Professionals International (SSPI), the International Institute of Space Commerce (IISC), and is a Co-Chair of the School of Business and Management of the International Space University (ISU) where he also serves as both faculty and as a Main Board Trustee of the University. He is also presently the Chairman of the Manna Energy Foundation and a Vice Chairman of the United Space School Foundation in Houston, Texas. In November 2010, Chris was named Isle of Man Business Person of the Year in the Isle of Man Newspapers Awards for Excellence. In September 2003, Chris Stott was appointed Honorary Representative of the Isle of Man Government to the Space Community by the Island's Chief Minister and Council of Ministers. He continues to serve in this position today. Chris left his position as Director of International Commercialization & Sales with Lockheed Martin Space Operations' $3.4 billion Consolidated Space Operations Contract (CSOC) in Houston to found ManSat Limited in July 2000. Chris came to Lockheed Martin from the Boeing Space & Communications Company in Huntington Beach, California, where he worked International Business Development for the Delta Launch Vehicle program. Chris has also worked extensively in British and American politics as an Office Manager, Staff Aide, and Speech Writer in the British House of Commons and House of Lords, and as an Intern in the US Senate and as a political Aide on two US Presidential Campaigns. Prior to his work in space, Chris was Special Projects Director with Life Education International, a children's health education and drug prevention program and United Nations Non Governmental Organization (N.G.O.). Educated at Millfield School in Somerset, England, Chris attended the University of Kent, Canterbury where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree, with Honours, in American Studies Politics and Government. While at Canterbury, Chris also received a Diploma from the University of California, San Diego where he studied International Relations at the University of California and Marine Policy and at the Scripps Institute of Oceanography. Chris also holds his Masters Degree in Space Studies (MSC) from the International Space University (ISU), having graduated from the first class of ISU's MSS program in Strasbourg in July 1996. In addition to his work with the International Institute of Space Commerce and the International Space University, Chris is also an Adjunct Professor of Space Law at the University of Houston Clear Lake in Clear Lake, Texas, a visiting lecturer at the Bates School of Law at the University of Houston, and is also a lecturer in Space Law for the United Space School Foundation of Houston, Texas. A published Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, the International Institute of Space Commerce, and a member of the International Institute of Space Law, Chris was the co-author of Europe's first work on space privatization and commercialization, "A Space For Enterprise; the aerospace industries after government monopoly", Stott & Watson, Adam Smith Institute, London, 1994. Chris has also contributed to a number of other publications, most recently “Space Commerce”, Morris & Cox, 2010. Chris was a founder member of the British Space Education Council and remains active in supporting space education initiatives. He is also an avid shot (rifle, pistol, skeet & trap), SCUBA diver, and is presently working towards his Rotorcraft Pilots’ license. He is also a Member of the Reform Club.

Broadcast 850 (Special Edition)

Guest: Christopher Stott. Chris Stott was the guest for this program. We began our discussion with Chris offering us an introduction to both space industry on the Isle of Man and the company he founded, ManSat. This discussion led us to more detailed discussions regarding space commerce, space education such as the International Space University, space law and treaties, property rights, and the potential impact on space law/property rights depending on which nation will be the first back to the Moon.

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