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Conny Kullman: An interview with Martin Emanuel 15 November 2017 and 25 January 2018
Philosophy and History, KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Philosophy and History of Technology, History of Science, Technology and Environment.
2018 (English)Data set
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An interview in the project "50 år i rymden"

Abstract [en]

The interview treats Conny Kullman’s experiences from space-related work, first at Saab Space in Gothenburg and later from his career within Intelsat. Kullman describes the Gothenburg department of Saab Space—where he worked as a system design engineer, designing and testing on board computer models for the Ariane launcher and a number of European satellites—as relatively independent from the Linköping main office. Coming to Intelsat as a systems engineer in 1986, during the 1990s Kullman advanced within the organization and held management positions with responsibility for Systems Operation, Systems Planning, as Chief Information Officer, and as Vice President for all operation as well as Engineering. In 1998 he became CEO of Intelsat and embarked on a three-tiered program: to privatize Intelsat, to make an IPO, and to have Intelsat develop a ground infrastructure for satellite communication. In the interview, Kullman elaborates on the organizational structure of Intelsat, an “intergovernmental cooperative” as he calls it, and how this structure, having been a strength in the early days, in his view became a major weakness. As fibre optics began to provide a cheap alternative to satellite telecommunication, and with the development of competing satellite communication systems, the treaty-based regulations as well as the interests of the largest Signatories (owners) of Intelsat, not least American Comsat and British Telecom, impeded sound operation from a business point of view. The interview treats in detail Kullman’s role in and insights from the privatization process, the transition in ownership in 2005, when Intelsat was bought by private equity firms, as well as Intelsat’s acquisition of Loral (2003) and PanAmSat (2006).

Place, publisher, year
KTH, 2018.
Keywords [en]
603 Reboost, British Telecom, Comsat, Intelsat, Loral, on board computer, PanAmSat, Saab Space, satellite telecommunication, TDMA, Telenor
National Category
History of Technology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-239591OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-239591DiVA, id: diva2:1266230
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Dokumnetationsprojektet "50 år i rymden"
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Swedish National Space BoardVINNOVA
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QC 20181128

Available from: 2018-11-27 Created: 2018-11-27 Last updated: 2018-11-28Bibliographically approved

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