Patricia Cooper has led SpaceX’s global satellite government affairs practice since 2015. She directs regulatory and licensing activities for the Starlink satellite constellation in the U.S. and overseas, as well as policy initiatives on broadband connectivity, trade and competition, spectrum, innovation and space safety. Starlink is a next-generation satellite network capable of connecting the globe with reliable and affordable broadband Internet services.
Patricia has more than 25 years of experience in satellite and communications policy and regulatory matters. Prior to joining SpaceX, Patricia led the Satellite Industry Association (SIA) for seven years as its President, directing policy and advocacy efforts in regulatory, export control reform and national security arenas. She served at two pioneering satellite operators, Intelsat and PanAmSat, and at Internet infrastructure start-up Core Express. An economist by training, she has held senior positions at the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) International Bureau and began her career promoting satellites and telecom liberalization at the U.S. Department of Commerce.
Patricia has served on expert advisory committees to the FCC, U.S. Departments of State, Commerce and Homeland Security, the Federal Aviation Administration, and the International Telecommunications Union. She has testified before the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, and participated in multiple ITU World Radio Communications Conferences, and U.S. delegations to United Nations space, development and finance organizations. She was an expert contributor to trade negotiations including the World Trade Organization and North American Free Trade Agreement.
Patricia holds a Master’s Degree in Economics and International Affairs from the John Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies and graduated summa cum laude from Kansas State University with Bachelor’s Degrees in Political Science and German.
SpaceX designs, manufactures and launches advanced rockets and spacecraft. The company was founded in 2002 to revolutionize space technology, with the ultimate goal of enabling people to live on other planets. SpaceX has secured over 100 commercial and government launch missions to its manifest, representing over $12 billion on contract. SpaceX pioneered rocket reusability with the first landing of an orbital class rocket in 2015 and now regularly launches flight-proven rockets. In 2018, SpaceX began launching Falcon Heavy, the world’s most powerful operational rocket by a factor of two. SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft flies regular cargo resupply missions to the International Space Station under contract to NASA and will soon fly astronauts to the ISS. In 2018, SpaceX deployed its first communications satellites in development of Starlink, a low-earth orbiting satellite constellation for global broadband. For more information, visit SpaceX.com.