About

Altaeros

 

 

Altaeros’ mission is to simplify how data is shared between people, machines, and networks. 

We believe that simplified solutions allow more communities and businesses to thrive by giving them access to affordable services.

Altaeros’ History

Altaeros spun out of MIT in 2010 on a mission to make the world’s first autonomous aerostat. We released our first autonomous aerostat, the SuperTower, in 2019. The SuperTower is an aerial platform designed to bring affordable services anywhere, and everywhere they are needed to help businesses and communities access the basic building blocks to allow for prosperity.

The Altaeros team standing in front of a SuperTower prototype

Altaeros’ Leadership

Ben Glass

Ben Glass

CEO/CTO & Founder

Ben is leading the Altaeros team on its journey to bring modern infrastructure to the billions of un-served and under-served people around the world. He is driven by a belief that business and technical innovation are the key to creating positive, scalable impact. At Altaeros, Ben is responsible for setting the company’s strategic vision and keeping the whole team moving towards that vision, as well as providing operational direction for the company. Ben originally developed the idea for Altaeros while researching compact, efficient turbomachinery as part of the MIT Gas Turbine Lab. After developing the initial prototypes, Ben co-founded Altaeros in 2010. He holds a BS and MS in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering from MIT.

Adam Rein

Adam Rein

Chairman & Founder

Adam has an extensive background in finance and the business of clean technology and infrastructure. In 2010 he and Ben co-founded Altaeros. Altaeros became a founding member company of Greentown labs, the largest cleantech incubator in the U.S., where Adam currently serves on the board of directors. In 2013, Adam joined as a Managing Director at MissionPoint Partners, which works with families and institutions to invest in high growth companies in the energy, food, water, and waste sectors. Adam is also a co-founder at CapShift, an impact investing platform, and previously held positions at Bain & Company and the World Economic Forum. Adam holds a BA from Yale University, an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School and an MBA from MIT Sloan.

Ike Okonkwo

Ike Okonkwo

CFO

Ike joined Altaeros in June 2022. He brings over 20 years of Accounting, Finance, and Business Process experience from high-technology companies. Working in concert with other members of the leadership team, his expertise is instrumental in strengthening and scaling the company in its mission to simplify how data is shared between people, machines, and networks. Prior to Altaeros, he was VP of Finance and Accounting at Transmedics. He previously served in senior leadership roles at Kadant, Haemonetics, and Avid. He began his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and a Master’s degree in Finance from the University of Benin, Nigeria.

Sheri Palazzo

Sheri Palazzo

Sr. Advisor, Engineering & Operations

Sheri joined Altaeros in January 2016 excited to jump into the start-up world. Sheri brings over twenty years of successful product development and engineering leadership experience having previously worked at GE, Bose and Hewlett-Packard. She now leads the research and development of Altaeros’ technology, pushing the engineering team towards commercialization. Sheri holds a Masters in Mechanical Engineering from Northeastern University and Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from Tufts University.

Jon Everitt

Jon Everitt

VP of Engineering - Software Systems

Jon joined Altaeros in 2014 and has taken a number of roles within the company, including aerodynamics lead, flight director, and program manager, before stepping up to VP Engineering in Software Systems in 2022. In this role, Jon leads the development of Altaeros’ Aerostat Autopilot, leveraging operational data as a means for continuous product development. Jon obtained his PhD from MIT’s Gas Turbine Laboratory, studying the flow through large turbocharger compressors in experiments and via computational fluid dynamic simulations. Prior to his graduate studies, Jon worked as an engineering consultant undertaking due diligence for investors in municipal waste and renewable energy projects in the UK. Jon holds a PhD from MIT and an MEng from Cambridge University, UK.

John Umina

John Umina

VP of Engineering - Hardware Systems

John Umina joined Altaeros in 2016 with a passion for engineering and a vision for the SuperTower. After 20+ years of engineering experience in product design, manufacturing, and certification, John is able to lead the hardware team with an expert hand. He brings a perspective to Altaeros from his experiences at GE to running his own consulting business. John is a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Massachusetts and holds five patents. John earned his BS and MS in Mechanical Engineering from Tufts University.

Investors and Partners

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Altaeros News

SoftBank and Altaeros Launch World’s First Autonomous Aerostat – Jun. 22, 2022  Read here

World Mobile, Altaeros partner to launch aerostat balloons to connect the unconnected in Africa – Dec. 28, 2021 – Read here

Altaeros Completes Customer Acceptance Testing on New SuperTower (ST-Flex) – Jul. 6, 2021 – Read here

Altaeros Launches ST-Flex, Portable Rapid Response Aerial Cell Tower – Oct. 13, 2020 – Read here

Sparx Mirai Creation Fund II Invests in Altaeros’ SuperTower Technology – Mar. 18, 2020 – Read here

Ondas Networks and Altaeros to Provide Wide-Area Aerostat Network for Mission-Critical IoT – Jul. 29, 2019 – Read here

World’s First Commercial Aerial Cell Tower Launched by Altaeros – Feb. 12, 2019 – Read here

Wireless SuperTowers Connect Rural Areas with Mobile Broadband – Feb. 15, 2018 – Read here

Altaeros is Hiring! 

Join our growing team and help us design, build, and deploy the world’s most advanced autonomous aerostat systems.