Join us in welcoming Dennis Wiessner to the Spaceflight team!
Dennis Wiessner joined our team last week as General Counsel and will be leading Spaceflight’s legal initiatives. He brings 20+ years of legal experience in aerospace, defense and commercial contracting so we know he’ll hit the ground running. In addition to his expertise in contracts, he also has been a practicing lawyer in international trade, corporate governance, P&I insurance, intellectual property, media and intellectual property licensing and cross-licensing, M&A, litigation and arbitration.
Dennis served as the Vice President and General Counsel of the Sea Launch Company, L.L.C., when it was an international joint venture of The Boeing Company. Additionally, he served as the Chief Compliance and Ethics Officer and Secretary to the Board of Directors.
“When it comes to being a great match for our launch business, Dennis’ experience runs deep and we’re excited to have him on board,” said Curt Blake, CEO and president.
Prior to Sea Launch, Dennis worked for the Lockheed Martin Corporation spin-off, Astrolink, LLC, which intended to provide broadband services worldwide via a constellation of four satellites. When Lockheed Martin and its partners wound down that venture, Dennis transitioned to Sea Launch.
Dennis also served as the Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of two aviation based companies: Italian-based Leonardo Company, S.p.A.’s, Helicopter Division’s Philadelphia subsidiary and the French-based Thales Group S.A.’s Avionics business unit in California. In both roles, Dennis led the legal efforts for both companies on all matters with a focus on commercial and government contracts.
“This is an ideal career opportunity for me, and I’m really looking forward to contributing to the Spaceflight mission of helping increase access to space for all,” added Wiessner. “The smallsat rideshare industry and Spaceflight’s position in it are both poised for significant growth, and I couldn’t be more excited to join the team at this critical inflection point. My career has been largely spent helping aerospace organizations navigate the legal landscape, and I’m fortunate for the opportunity to do that now with Spaceflight.”
A huge fan of cooking, traveling, skiing (and apparently celebrating birthdays with his kiddos!), Dennis is currently living in Pennsylvania. We look forward to having him join the rest of us in Seattle when the COVID-19 dust settles.