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AstroVision is made up of the most inventive and experienced professionals in the global space business. Collectively, our management team has international business experience, with individual expertise in technical, legal, financial, government relations, risk management, and marketing disciplines.

Dr. Charles R. Wasaff – Chairman and President
Dr. Malcolm A. LeCompte – Executive Vice President, CTO, and Founder
Franklin H. Williams, Jr. – Vice President, Engineering


Dr. Charles R. Wasaff – Chairman, CEO and President

Dr. Wasaff is responsible for the overall direction, actions and goals of the company.

Professional Experience

Dr. Wasaff has over 25 years of experience and leadership in the aerospace, communications, defense and information technology industries. As a senior executive Dr. Wasaff has extensive experience in providing program management and corporate expertise in leading a range of space, communications, remote-sensing and information systems groups. Dr. Wasaff was appointed Chairman, President and CEO of AVII in September 2004 and has served as an AstroVision Board Member since January 2001.

Dr. Wasaff has served as a Senior Advisor to SpaceVest since October 1997 where he applies his experience in program management, business development, operations, and technology. He has served both as an officer and director for other SpaceVest portfolio companies, managing business venture opportunities in remote-sensing and wireless communications companies.

In prior years, Dr. Wasaff was Vice President for Space Programs at Loral, where he was responsible for the coordination of interdivisional business development initiatives in space-based instrumentation, communications and spacecraft development. With Ford Aerospace, later acquired by Loral, he served concurrently in two senior executive positions as Group Vice President for the Space Missions Group, an organization that performed communication systems integration in support of the command and control of space systems; and as Vice President for Corporate Business Development, responsible for “front end” business development, planning and strategic investments.

Previously, he was Executive Vice President of the BDM Corporation, an Information Technology Company that was a wholly owned subsidiary of Ford Aerospace. Prior to BDM’s acquisition by Ford Aerospace, Dr. Wasaff served as the Senior Vice President for Advanced Studies and Market Development for BDM, overseeing major operations within the company as well as business development, marketing and sales.

Additionally, he served on the Engineering Advisory Board of the National Science Foundation. Dr. Wasaff received his BS and MS Degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame, and his PhD in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley. He is a co-author of a monograph on Arms Control and Strategy, and has contributed to several reports in the areas of operations research, modeling and simulation, test and evaluation, radar detection of low cross-section targets, and weapons effects.

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Dr. Malcolm A. LeCompte – Executive Vice President, CTO, and Founder

Dr. LeCompte is responsible for the overall technical leadership and scientific vision of the company.

Professional Experience

Founder and Director Dr. Malcolm LeCompte has 25 years experience leading research and development in electro optical and remote sensing technologies. He founded AstroVision to create the first commercial geostationary earth monitoring system, and demonstrated the utility of such a system through an innovative synthetic product development program to create high fidelity market demonstrations of the AstroVision remote sensing system. He serves as EVP & CTO, AstroVision International, Inc., and is directly involved in all technical research, data generation, requirements and needs statements as well as the generation of all proposed technical implementations.

Prior to founding AstroVision, Dr. LeCompte was with Aerodyne Research, Inc., where he was a Senior Systems Scientist. In that capacity, he developed, marketed, managed, and provided technical leadership for programs in the Advanced Systems Group on aircraft electro optical detection systems. During that time, he also developed technical capabilities for vehicle and background radiation signatures, including passive target detection and identification technology and target radiation signature phenomenology.

As a Commander in the Naval Reserve, he served for many years in different capacities at the Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island. His contributions included Lead War Games Designer, Analyst, Umpire, and Controller. Earlier, as an active duty officer, he was a Flight Officer and weapon system operator and navigator. As a pilot and Tactical Navigator, he accumulated 2,000 hours of flight time on missions such as anti submarine warfare, electronic countermeasures, and attack type aircraft with extensive experience in aircraft carrier flight operations.

Earlier Dr. LeCompte was a Post Doctoral Research Fellow at the Harvard College Observatory. Other academic achievements include a Ph.D. in Atmospherics, Planetary and Astrophysical Sciences from the University of Colorado, a MS in Astrophysics, also from the University of Colorado and a BS in Physics, Cum Laude, from the University of Wyoming. Earlier he received a BS in Aeronautics & Astronautics from New York University. He is a member of Phi Beta Phi Scholastic Honor Society, the American Geophysical Union, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and the U.S. Naval Institute. Dr. LeCompte has published extensively in scientific and technical journals.

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Franklin H. Williams, Jr. – Vice President, Engineering

Mr. Williams is responsible for all space and ground systems designs and implementations, and all computing and network aspects of the company.

Professional Experience

Mr. Williams has over 24 years of experience in the design, development, analysis, implementation and testing of aerospace systems (cradle to grave) with specific areas of expertise in systems engineering, communications systems, power systems and launch systems including having been the technical authority on several submissions on space systems to the Department of Commerce, the FCC and the FAA.

Prior to his association with AstroVision, he was Vice President and CTO for IOSTAR Corporation, where he led all technical efforts of the corporation and design efforts for the primary space vehicle -- a very high-powered space tug. Additionally he led Company efforts to approve procedures by US regulatory bodies, including the President's Office of Science and Technology Policy, which enable a commercial company to launch and maintain a reactor in Earth orbit.

He also served as Vice President and Director of Engineering for INTRASPACE Corporation, where he led all non financial aspects of the corporation. He was also responsible for design efforts for over a dozen satellites and satellite systems ranging from small LEO constellations through Direct Broadcast constellations, and led the design effort that became NASA's Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous spacecraft. Mr. Williams also developed a new way of comparing launch vehicle capabilities that is currently in use by the US Government.

Earlier, as a member of the technical staff at Rockwell International, he developed plans for sustained engineering, oversaw production of test and analysis reports and defined and led tests on avionics systems. He also directed the Minuteman Hardness effort, assigning test and analysis procedures.

Earlier research activities by Mr. Williams include development, test and validation of a nondestructive technique to assay ultra low levels of transuranic elements and development of computer methods to measure spectra from synchrotron and gamma ray sources. As a Research and Teaching Fellow at the University of Utah, he developed a procedure to separate ultra low levels of plutonium and uranium from biological samples, as well as response relations for electromagnetic and ionizing radiation.

While on active duty with the U. S. Air Force, he developed and tested pre operational real time electro optical sensor systems.

Mr. Williams has a B.S. in Mathematics from the University of Alaska, Anchorage and a M.S. in Physics from the University of Utah. He has published numerous scientific and technical papers in the areas of space and radiation physics.

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