ABOUT US

AURORA PROPULSION TECHNOLOGIES WAS FOUNDED IN 2018. IN EARLY 2019 WE JOINED EUROPEAN SPACE AGENCY BUSINESS INCUBATOR CENTRE PROGRAMME (ESA BIC FINLAND) IN OTANIEMI.

Within a year from founding Aurora grew from 7 founders to 17 employees. A target of delivering our first thruster sample for a satellite was achieved on Q4 of 2019, with flight ready thruster delivery completed in early 2020. Our own spacecraft, AuroraSat-1, is launching in June 2021

Our goals for the future include further scaling of our operations, in terms of production quantities and development of upcoming products and increasing our sales and customer base.

LEADERS

ROOPE TAKALA
CEO

Experienced Business and Innovation leader with background Corporate Research leadership, Strategy and Business Development.
Serial Entrepreneur.

PERTTU YLI-OPAS
CTO

Student of mathematics, Perttu has been active in many projects, ranging from rocket science to AI and robotics.

TIMO MUSTONEN
CFO

Passionate about turning innovative strategies into reality. Experienced in Project and Program management, GTM, Partnerships, Start-up funding and coaching.

JANNE SIEVINEN
Rocket Program Leader

Experienced leader in complex & safety critical high technology product development with a broad knowledge of natural sciences. A keen amateur astronomer.

SALES & BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT TEAM

ESA EKLUND
Director of Sales and Partner Projects

Space engineer since Envisat-1, ISU alumni and Aalto PhD candidate. Eager to solve the customer needs. Picking up (space) debris at leisure time.

KRISTJAN MIHHELS
Customer Manager

Studying Industrial Engineering and Management, has done multiple projects for companies varying from data analysis to market research.

ROSE VANCRAEYNEST
Sales Director, Benelux & Central Europe

Sales-oriented professional with broad knowledge in B2B/B2C sales, Business Development, Market Research and Account Management in the area of Electrical/Electronics, Distribution, Industrial and SaaS.

HANK KIM
Sales Director, North East Asia

Experienced in business development & GTM (sales) in global trading, licensing of IP assets in ICT and related SW.

ATSUSHI MURAKAMI
Sales Director, Japan

Atsushi is experienced in Business development, Marketing and Project Management. Especially in Satellite propulsion systems and Launch services.

BANU TURKMEN
Head of Business Development of Products

Business leader experienced in planning and commercial projects, customer centric and continuous improvement believer. Industrial engineer, PhD in Mechanical engineering, hobbies of data science and AI.

JOHANNES NIKOLA
Head of Business Development of Technology

My passion is to help in practical level whatever the situation. Despite being rather brief while on this planet I have been in many different situations and places. Besides work I am studying International Design and Business Management in Aalto University. Eager to hear new visions and stories!

PASI KAITILA
Head of Business Development of Services

Experienced business developer with a background in business & industrial management, behavioural sciences and with a little twist of engineering sciences. Pasi’s passion is working together to solve versatile problems that have big impact.

MECHANICS TEAM

JANNIKA VESALAINEN
Micromechanics

Graduate of Micromechanics. Previously an operating-room and emergency-unit nurse, with experience in ops coordination, intensive teamwork and coaching.

PIHLA PIETIKÄINEN
Micromechanics

Graduated micromechanic combining the classic watchmaking skills with modern precision machining and mechatronics.

JAAKKO LAITINEN
Mechanical Engineer

All-round fabricator studying Mechanical Engineering to join theory and practice. A missing link between the researcher and the mechanic.

TOMI HOVATTA
Micromechanics

JANNE MÄKIVIRTA
Laboratory Engineer

Multitalent of all things mechanical and electrical, with specialty in research equipment like vacuum systems and analysers

RUDOLF SILANDER
Satellite Systems Engineer

Student of space tech, member of Aalto Propulsion, involved in Aalto 3, wide experience in aerospace.

ELECTRONICS & SOFTWARE TEAM

ERKKA HANSKI
Electrical Engineer

Master student of space technology; founding member of Aalto Propulsion; involved in Aalto Satellites.

MARCO SANROMÁN
Electrical Engineer

Space engineer with background in Mechatronics oriented to intelligent systems. His experience goes from the mechanical design in the manufacturing industry to the research in nuclear fusion, autonomous spacecrafts and CubeSat propulsion systems.

OLLI OHLS
Software Developer

Software developer experienced in designing and building software for autonomous robots in urban environments.

RESEARCH TEAM

PYRY PEITSO
Research Engineer

Researcher and space weather expert with background in CubeSat projects from the beginning of Aalto-1 development.

EMMALOTTA KITTILÄ
Chemical Engineer

Chemical engineering graduate student and experienced in hybrid rockets. Excited about science and specially about space technology.

VILI VILENIUS
Chemical Engineer

Versatile chemical engineering graduate student with experience in rocket engine design and various smaller projects involving applied chemisty and mathematics.

JOEL TOLONEN
Research Engineer

Master’s student of mechanical engineering focusing on mechatronics. Experience in electronics and product development.

ILPO HÄMÄLÄINEN
Research Engineer

ADVISORY BOARD

PEKKA JANHUNEN
Senior Technical Advisor

Space physicist working at Finnish Meteorological Institute, inventor and leading expert of E-sail and plasma brake propulsion.

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