Akshay Patel

Vice President, Strategy and Business Development

Akshay Patel was previously a Vice President in Investment Banking at Morgan Stanley advising companies on M&A and financing transactions across the space and satellite industry value chain. He has advised on the $500MM sale of Skybox Imaging (Terra Bella) to Google, the $900MM merger of DigitalGlobe and GeoEye and the IPO of Intelsat.

In addition, Akshay published one of the first small satellite market studies in the industry and is regarded as a thought leader in the emerging space economy. Prior to Morgan Stanley, Akshay worked at Lockheed Martin in satellite systems engineer. Akshay has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BS and M.Eng in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Cornell University.

At Planetary Resources, Akshay leads the company’s business development and strategy.