Remote sensing from space - key to acting on a changing Planet

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Remote sensing from space - key to acting on a changing Planet
Thursday, May 23, 2024 - 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Shriram 104
Jonny Dyer - Muon Space
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Muon Space designs, builds and operates satellite constellations collecting diverse data about the Earth.  We'll cover some high level background on the space economy and trends in general, and then zoom into the applications, detailed science and technology of space-based remote sensing.  Finally we'll cover briefly how trends in things like sensor technology and AI are changing the landscape and what to expect in the future.


Jonny Dyer is a Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer of Muon Space, a company focused on Earth Intelligence for a Safe and Resilient World. With a career spanning multiple roles in aerospace, geospatial technology and complex systems engineering, Jonny has led development of multiple industry-shaping products.

Beginning in 2009, he served as the Chief Engineer at Skybox Imaging, the first venture-backed SmallSat company. In that role, Jonny led the ground-up development of what remains the largest constellation of high resolution imaging satellites ever deployed. Skybox Imaging was acquired by Google in 2014 for $500M. At Google, he continued working in the geospatial domain, leading Google Maps’ data collection team developing products like the Street View cars and a portfolio of aircraft platforms.

In 2018, Jonny joined Lyft’s Level 5 Autonomous Vehicle group as a Senior Director leading the vehicle platform team responsible for the design, integration and deployment of Lyft’s cutting-edge AV platforms.  

While at Google and Lyft, Jonny remained active in the satellite remote sensing space serving as a founding member of EDF’s MethaneSat Technical Advisory Group, a role he continues in today. MethaneSat launched in March of this year.

Jonny holds both a Master of Science and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University. During his time at Stanford, he pursued academic interests including thermodynamics and energy, embedded electronics, signal processing and software, fluid dynamics, solid-state and quantum physics, and mechanics of materials. He has authored numerous widely-cited articles on topics including non-equilibrium thermodynamics, radiation effects on commercial electronics and high performance imaging systems, among others.