Payam Banazadeh

Co-Founder & CEO

Capella Space Corp.

United States of America

Payam Banazadeh is Co-Founder & CEO of Capella Space, a venture backed Silicon Valley company building nano-satellites capable of imaging earth throughout the day and night in all weather conditions.

Payam graduated Manga Cum Laude with a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin and received the 2012 Texas Outstanding Scholar & Leader Award for his superior academic performance and exceptional leadership. While at NASA JPL he received the NASA Mariner Award for his leadership on two multi-million dollar missions and NASA Discovery Award for his outstanding performance in formulating new concepts and projects for NASA.

After his career at JPL Payam left to receive his graduate business degree from Stanford University with sponsorship from the National Science Foundation (NSF). Payam Co-Founded Capella Space in 2016 while still a full-time student in his Stanford dorm room. Most recently Payam was selected to be on the prestigious “Forbes 30 under 30” list in 2017.