Bradford Space (, a European space systems group with product lines in propulsion, attitude control and human spaceflight systems, announced today the recent hiring of three key personnel for its Solna, Sweden-based Bradford ECAPS ( spacecraft propulsion unit. Bradford ECAPS produces a line of ‘green’ non-toxic spacecraft propulsion systems which are currently used aboard a dozen orbiting satellites. These hires mark a stepped-up effort to service the strong interest from the market.

Olivia Ryu joins as Program Manager. Olivia was previously Technical Program Manager at Planet, with similar positions prior to that at Google Terra Bella and Skybox Imaging. Olivia has also held senior engineering and manager positions at Stellar Solutions, SpaceX and Space Systems / Loral.

Pete Friedhoff joins as Lead Systems Engineer. Pete was previously Propulsion Lead at Planet, with similar positions prior to that at Google Terra Bella. Pete has also held engineering positions at SpaceX and Space Systems / Loral.

Magnus Paulsson joins as Site Director. Magnus was formerly Chief Operating Officer of OHBSweden. Before that, he was VP, Space Systems Marketing at the Swedish Space Corporation. Before that, Magnus held executive or senior management positions at Imsys Technologies, Infineon Technologies and at Ericsson Microelectronics.

Olivia Ryu and Pete Friedhoff joined Bradford in late September, while Magnus Paulsson joined in March of this year.

Bradford’s ECAPS High Performance Green Propulsion technology is an emerging choice by spacecraft manufacturers as an enhanced alternative to existing hydrazine-based solutions. The system provides a unique high-density storage, is high-performant and, due to the low-toxicity and low sensitivity of the propellant, easy to transport and handle. These unique assets provide manufacturers and operators potentially profound savings through the elimination of launch-site fueling and enhancing overall spacecraft payload mass. To date, a dozen orbiting spacecraft have used ECAPS propulsion systems, performing dozens of on-orbit maneuvers per month. Several additional ECAPS-equipped spacecraft, including imaging satellites and a U.S. government technology satellite, are slated for launch later this year.

For more information, please contact:

Patrick van Put (Managing Director, Bradford and Bradford ECAPS)
Tel: +31 165 305 161

Ian Fichtenbaum (Senior VP, AIAC; Director, Bradford)
Tel: +1-347-553-6319