LeoLabs’ mission is to secure commercial operations in low Earth orbit (LEO). As the LEO ecosystem around our planet gets more congested, the risk of collisions rises, and the need to map the orbits of spacecraft, satellites and space debris grows with every launch. Meanwhile, new generations of commercial spacecraft, such as small and cube satellites, are causing a dramatic increase in imaging, communications and human spaceflight prospects.

LeoLabs was founded to address these risks today. With a worldwide network of ground-based, phased-array radars that enable high resolution data on objects in LEO, LeoLabs is uniquely equipped to offer foundational mapping data and services to mitigate the risks of collisions. These services include rapid orbit determination, early operational support, and ongoing orbit awareness. LeoLabs is a venture-funded company based in Menlo Park, CA, and provides its services to commercial satellite operators, government regulatory and space agencies, and satellite management services firms.

Leadership Team


Daniel Ceperley

Dan earned a PhD in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from UC Berkeley with a thesis on computer simulation of advanced optical systems. As Program Director at SRI International, he led a team of 20+ engineers and scientists and developed SRI’s commercial satellite tracking business.

Founder & Chief Executive Officer

Michael Nicolls

Mike earned a PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Cornell University with a thesis on radar studies of the ionosphere. He developed LeoLabs’ satellite tracking capabilities and leads the team designing LeoLabs next-generation radars.

Founder & Chief Technical Officer

John Buonocore

John has been designing innovative radio frequency electronics for over 30 years. His designs include both ground- and space-based high-power radar transmitters, sensitive receivers, and small-form factor communications systems.

Founder & Chief Engineer

Edward Lu

Ed has a PhD in astrophysics from Stanford, and a BS in electrical engineering from Cornell. He is a former NASA astronaut, co-founder of the B612 Foundation, and former program manager for advanced projects at Google.

Vice President, Strategic Projects

Alan DeClerck

Alan has an M.Phil in International Relations from Oxford University, and an MBA from Stanford. His focus on data services, strategy and international business development included executive roles at Sun Microsystems, Liquid Robotics, and in venture investment.

Vice President, Business Development & Strategy