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Hardware? What’s That? Why Software Is the Future of the Space Economy

TechCrunch was proud to host Antaris at TC Sessions: Space 2022 in Los Angeles

Partner Session: In Review

Launch gets all the press, but satellites and the software behind them are the workhorses of space. During this session, two spirited founder/CEOs discussed how SaaS, open source and cloud-based platforms are revolutionizing the satellite industry and accelerating the space economy. They also shared what it’s like to be first-time founders, what it really takes to put good code into space and shared actionable tips for fellow spacepreneurs.


Tom Barton | Co-founder and CEO, Antaris

Tom Barton is the co-founder and CEO of Antaris, an early-stage satellite software innovator. Tom and team created Antaris in 2021 with a vision to revolutionize Software for Space — including leveraging open APIs and open source to dramatically reduce costs and time-to-orbit for satellites. The company is widely considered a New Space disruptor for the satellite ecosystem and is backed by Lockheed Martin Ventures, Acequia, Possible Ventures and E2MC Tom previously served as COO of satellite leader Planet Labs for three years and was a member of the leadership team responsible for putting the largest imaging satellite constellation in history into orbit. He was also CEO of Diamanti, Rackable Systems and Cygnus Solutions and has held senior leadership roles at Red Hat and Lightspeed Venture Partners. He holds both a B.S. and M.B.A. from Stanford University.

Laura Crabtree | Co-founder and CEO, Epsilon3

Laura is the CEO and Co-Founder of Epsilon3. Among the initial members of the operations team for SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft, she helped put the US back in the human space flight business. Laura wants to continue to revolutionize the space industry, beginning with operational tools.