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Surjit Dhillon

Mr. Dhillon’s has over 40 years of experience as a space communications system architect.  His experience covers all major RF bands and architectures from traditional GEO wide-beam and spot-beam transponding satellites to software-defined, Very High Throughput Satellites (VHTS) with dynamic digital channelizing and beamforming.


Over the course of his career Mr. Dhillon was the Chief Payload Architect for over a dozen space systems.  As the Chief Architect of EchoStar 1 he was the first in the industry to develop a Direct To Home (DTH) satellite system which revolutionized the way people around the globe consumed broadcast television and other media.  After the success of EchoStar 1 he continued to serve as chief architect for the EchoStar 2, 3, 4, 7, 10 and 12 satellite systems which added other innovations like multi-spot payloads and Ka-band broadband for delivering internet services direct to consumers.


Mr. Dhillon retired from Lockheed Martin in 2017 as a Technical Fellow after an outstanding career with the company spanning over 35 years.



He has numerous US patents issued or pending.


Mr. Dhillon holds a BSEE from the University of London, 1969 and a master’s degree In microwaves and quantum electronics from the University College London, University of London, 1972.

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