Véronique Bonnet Nave comes to E-Space with a deep background in the space industry. She spent 18 years at Airbus Defence and Space, where part of her time was based in French Guiana at the Guiana Space Centre. There, she was a project manager for a wide variety of space missions and programs.
As E-Space prepares to launch its satellite constellation service over the next few years, Véronique brings that experience to her new role as technical bid program manager. With growing interest in E-Space technology from commercial and government sectors, she’s already at work building proposals and preparing for contracts.
“There’s a lot of excitement around what we’re doing even at this early stage, and there are a lot of moving parts to ensure our customers are taken care of,” she says. “I see myself like the conductor in an orchestra who’s helping to organize all the different parts that need to work together. That includes the engineering team, product team, legal, manufacturing and others to deliver things on time and with the highest level of quality.”
Now based in Toulouse, France, the PMP-certified project manager says she came to E-Space because it was time for something new.
“I’m fond of space, so I knew anyplace I went would be in this industry,” she says. “There’s just something about working on things that fly in space that is attractive to me. Being part of that is what gets me up in the morning.”
Her E-Space opportunity came into focus, she says, after she started meeting with team members who impressed her with the unique mission the company is pursuing.
“I follow NewSpace companies in the news and I was aware of what E-Space was doing, so when I saw this opportunity come up in Toulouse, I knew I had to explore it,” she says. “I made a real connection with the team about the values of the company and what I could bring to the table. It was a very open dialogue, and ultimately, they made me feel like I would fit in very well with the culture.”
As Véronique gets closer to the work and the technology E-Space is creating, she says the scope of it has confirmed she made the right choice to move.
“It’s very impressive what we’re trying to do both in terms of the technology and the timeline that we’re working with,” she says. “I don’t know many satellite startups working on such an ambitious schedule, and with such high energy. It’s the kind of challenge that really inspires me.”
Like many E-Space team members, Véronique says what the technology can do is a big part of why she’s here.
“The technology that we’re developing — across the entire space system — is so revolutionary. The ability to connect billions of devices anywhere in the world is simply remarkable,” she says. “It will facilitate a tremendous amount of data that will be used to help nations, business and humanity. Plus, we have an opportunity to create a new space-based application ecosystem on top of it — it’s just amazing.”
In Toulouse, Véronique lives with her husband, a professional chef, and their 11-year-old daughter. In addition to being a busy mom and breast cancer awareness advocate, she likes to wind down by doing improvisational theatre with a local group.
“It’s a lot of fun to do, and brings a lot of laughter,” she says. “The other interesting thing is that I really feel like these experiences on stage help inform my ability to interact with customers in my job. So much of it is about relationships and making people feel they’re being taken care of.”