Roberta Rudd, Head of Strategic Programmes Horizon Space Technologies and James Masey Director of Business Development Horizon Aerospace Technologies

Horizon Technologies, the innovative SIGINT hardware, and space-driven intelligence data company announced the appointments of two new executives:

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Roberta Rudd, AMP, MBA
Head of Strategic Programmes
Horizon Space Technologies

Roberta Rudd has 20 years of experience working in the Space Industry which gained her an in-depth understanding of the UK and international Space sectors.

Rudd has senior experience in the private sector includes leading distinguished projects for companies such as Airbus Defence and Space, Honeywell, Surrey Satellites Technology Ltd, and the Satellite Applications Catapult. Her proven track record of winning major proposals for customers internationally and delivering multi-million-pound programmes are highlights of her achievements to date, including the successful delivery of the HOTBIRD 9 Payload in Kourou (French Guiana), in 2010.

Her competence in the space private business brought her to the UK Government in 2019, working for the Department for International Trade’s (DIT), informing policymaking, growing exports in the UK Space sector, and attracting foreign direct investment.

Rudd holds a bachelor’s degree BSc (Hons) in Manufacturing System Engineering and French from the University of Hertfordshire and an Executive MBA from the University of Portsmouth. Rudd is AMP PMQ Qualified and a Member of the Chartered Management Institute (MCMI).



James Masey Director of Business Development

James Masey
Director of Business Development

Horizon Aerospace Technologies

Within the Aerospace, Defence & Security (ADS) sector James Masey has spent the past 15 years focused on business development/sales and campaign management primarily covering Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (MEA); also, Australasia and the United States of America.

Prior to joining Horizon Technologies, he worked for Leonardo UK’s Electronics Division, QinetiQ (UAS Contracting Services), and in 2008, started as the Business Development Manager for AAI Corp., which subsequently became Textron Systems, predominantly covering the MEA regions.

In 2005 Masey established an independent consultancy, JMAS Advisory Services Ltd, where he directed the assessment and analysis of the global Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) market. Before that he spent eight years with the Shephard Press (now Shephard Media) where he began as a Staff Writer and finished his time there as the Editor of the Unmanned Vehicles Portfolio.

His direct association with UAS began in the 1980s when he was an Operations/Intelligence exponent. Most recently, over a six-month period in Mali, he worked within a team comprised of local security associates, United Nations members (MINUSMA), and corporate personnel to investigate, assess, and recommend on-the-ground security and operational requirements for establishing a UAS forward operating base (FOB) in Timbuktu.

Horizon Technologies CEO, John Beckner, said “We are so pleased to welcome Roberta and James to our expanding team. As we continue to grow, it’s so important that we hire the top people in our industry. James and Roberta have already hit the ground running and are contributing greatly to our two business segments.”

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Horizon Technologies. Where Vision Turns into Reality.

Horizon Technologies is a Global Leader in Innovative SIGINT and Space-Based Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA) Intelligence Solutions. Horizon Technologies recently completed its Series A funding round with Maven Capital Partners and Virgin Money. 

Horizon Aerospace Technologies is a world leader in airborne Sat Phone monitoring systems for Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) applications, equipping governments worldwide by enhancing their SIGINT capabilities. We are the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) for the FlyingFish™ and BlackFish™ SIGINT systems which are in operation on numerous platforms worldwide. We participate daily in SAR missions via NATO and FRONTEX in the Mediterranean Sea and are heavily involved in international operations around the globe.

Horizon Space Technologies is the prime contractor for the UK Government’s Amber™ program. The Amber™ Program will consist of Amber™ CubeSats in multiple orbital planes providing global Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA) data to NMIC (led by the Royal Navy).








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