Dr. ir. Michiel Kruijff has built 20 years of experience in satellite design, system engineering and service development, R&D and team management. At Delta-Utec SRC, from 1996-2009, Michiel co-led the development of several ground-breaking technology demonstration satellites (YES1, TEAMSAT, YES2) and a re-entry capsule (Fotino).
From 2009-2013 for the European Space Agency, in the Integrated Applications Promotion (IAP) program team, Michiel managed the development of innovative services in the field of sustainability and safe living, incl. asset management, risk mapping and operations monitoring solutions. He also initiated ESA's Ambassador Platform on Water Management.
YES1 was the first satellite built by ESA according to the skunkworks approach (1997). YES2 broke a world-record by deploying the longest man-made structure in space (a 32 km tether, 2007). Fotino was the lightest fully equipped re-entry capsule ever built. He was co-initiator of JAXA's T-Rex experiment (2010, which was the first deployment and in-space demonstration of a bare electrodynamic tether. Michiel is also the co-developer of the SSATT / ADTE star sensor test tool and test environment (1998-2009), which set new standards for star sensor performance.
He currently leads the development of the first commercial Airborne Wind Energy system, the PowerPlane of Ampyx Power. Michiel holds a PhD with Honours in Space Systems Engineering and Sustainable Technologies and an MSc with Honours in Aerospace Engineering / Orbital Mechanics, both from Delft University of Technology.