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.

Joe Ryan

Joe Ryan

VP of Business Development & General Counsel

Joe joined Altaeros in September 2017. Joe has an extensive background in communications infrastructure having held positions at American Tower, Comcast and Tower Ventures. He now leads business development at Altaeros, where he is working with customers, partners and internal teams to deploy the first commercial telecommunications aerostat. Joe holds a Bachelors degree in Government from Boston College and Doctorate of Law from New England School of Law.

Sheri Palazzo

Sheri Palazzo

VP of Engineering

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.

Investors and Partners

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Altaeros News

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

We have a dedicated and passionate team driving our mission. We are always interested in hearing from talented individuals who are just as passionate about our mission as we are.