Melanie Stricklan

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Melanie Stricklan

Space Data Vetrepreneur

Retired Major Melanie Stricklan, a native of Eldorado, Texas, was an officer in the United States Air Force for 21 years where she developed capabilities related to experimental spacecraft, satellite payloads, electronic warfare, and cyber technology. Melanie flew as an aircrew member onboard a surveillance aircraft, which included combat missions in Operation Allied Force and Operation Iraqi Freedom. She also served as an Experimental Spacecraft Crew Commander leading over 200 classified missions, and was selected as the strategic advisor to an elite task force assigned to develop an enterprise-level architecture to protect and defend our nation’s highest value assets in space.

Melanie holds a B.S. in Aeronautical Science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and a M.S. in Space Systems Operations Management with an emphasis in Systems Engineering from Webster University.

She is now the Co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer of Slingshot Aerospace, an artificial intelligence company that extracts insights from ultra high-volume satellite imagery to optimize decision making for national security, disaster relief, and industries such as insurance, financial services, and oil/gas.