Lon Levin is President of SkySevenVentures, which invests in, advises, and provides executive services for space and other technology businesses. Lon has over 35 years of experience as an executive and entrepreneur in the telecommunications, media, and aerospace industries.
Recently, from 2017-2023, Lon was an executive for Lockheed Martin Space developing new businesses and markets. Lon served as President and Chief Executive Officer of GEOshare, an entrepreneurial subsidiary of Lockheed Martin, and as Vice President-New Ventures, Lockheed Martin Space.
Lon co-founded XM Satellite Radio and played executive leadership roles in the formation and development of other satellite, space, and media companies including Mobile Satellite Ventures, XM Canada, Slacker Radio, American Mobile Satellite Corporation, TerraStar Networks (mobile satellite), GEOshare (condosats), and Parsec (lunar telecommunications).
Lon served as a U.S. Delegate negotiating technology treaties at many International Telecommunication Union conferences. Lon holds five telecommunication satellite patents.
Before his corporate career, Lon was a partner in the law firm of Gurman, Kurtis, Blask & Freedman, specializing in space and satellite law. He started his career as an attorney at the Federal Communications Commission. He is a member of the New York State and District of Columbia Bars.
Lon serves on the Board of Directors and as Treasurer of The Planetary Society and on the Board of Governors of the National Space Society. Lon is co-founder and Chairperson of the Advisory Board of Arizona State University’s MILO Space Science Institute. Lon is Director Emeritus of the Space Foundation and was the Chairperson of the Space Foundation’s Board of Directors (2014-16) and its longest serving board member (2004-20). He was a member of the Defense Business Board of the U.S. Department of Defense (2008-18) and the Human Exploration and Operations (HEO) Committee of the NASA Advisory Council (2009-19). He is a founding board member of the Satellite Industry Association, which he co chaired from 1996-98.
Latest Planetary Radio Appearances
Planetary Scientist Jim Bell and space entrepreneur Lon Levin are founders of a new non-profit that aims to make robotic space exploration much more achievable by institutions around the world.