Guillaume Girard has been involved in the space industry for more than 13 years. With 2 masters of Sciences in Energy Conversion and Project Management, he started his career as a satellite propulsion engineer for Thales Alenia Space, and then moved internally to the Operations department to prepare and operate the launches and early orbit operation phases of geostationary satellites.
In 2007, Guillaume moved forward to Munich, Germany, to operate the International Space Station (ISS) Columbus module from the German Space Operations Center (GSOC). He worked as a spaceflight controller for 8 years and supported consecutively the ground segment, the on-board payloads operations and the astronaut planning till March 2015.
Certified ISS space controller, ESA and NASA affiliate, he has been working in the leadership of INSYEN AG, one of the prime private providers of the ISS Columbus Control Center.
Shortly before he graduated from his MBA in 2014, Guillaume became a partner of Zero 2 Infinity. As one of the major shareholders of the company, he is working to develop the company strategy and international outreach. Since then, the company has gained global recognition and fine-tuned its vision to disrupt access to space and service the new commercial small-satellites market.
Furthermore, Guillaume is also deeply engaged in the International Astronautical Federation since 2010 and as vice-chair of the Workforce Development – Young Professional Program committee (WD-YPP). In 2014, he also became the Human Spaceflight committee secretary.
About Zero 2 Infinity
Zero 2 Infinity, a private company headquartered in Barcelona, Spain, with subsidiaries around the world, is radically simplifying access to Space. It is the only company in Europe specialized in the elevation to the Edge of Space of components that require testing and certifying in Space conditions. At the moment, it is working on sending small satellites into orbit through its project Bloostar and has mid-term plans to send people to Near Space for science and leisure with the project Bloon.
With its project Bloostar, Zero 2 Infinity recently succeeded in the launch of its first rocket from the Edge of Space. The rocket used a helium balloon as a first stage. This patented technique is less risky than any systems used until now. The rocket-powered phase starts already from above 95% of the mass of the atmosphere, getting there with no polluting emissions. Besides the environmental angle, this new method lets Zero 2 Infinity launch satellites with more flexibility at a drastically lower cost and more often than ever before.