Flavia Tata Nardini, Co-founder of Fleet Space

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Flavia Tata Nardini is a CEO who solders.

A self-described ‘big nerd’, Tata Nardini grew up in a family of engineers and built model rockets and telescopes as a four-year-old.

She went on to get two degrees in Aerospace Engineering, and worked at the European Space Agency.

Now, she’s the cofounder and head of Fleet Space, which is building nanosatellites to launch into space in a constellation to connect the 75 billion devices that will make up the internet of things by 2025.

“We have to build a new internet, and I’m going to do it,” Tata Nardini says.

She says her entrepreneurialism is driven by her love of getting stuck in a problem, and she gets involved with all sides of the business whether it be construction, engineering, or customer service.

The biggest challenge of running a start-up, which she founded while nine months pregnant with her second child, is the emotional and professional roller coaster.

“Sometimes you feel totally depressed, but just for 24 hours and you magically … bring all the elements and you work on it. I love it” she says.

In June, Fleet Space announced it will launch two of its satellites – roughly the size of shoe boxes - into orbit. The first will launch aboard Spaceflight’s Indian Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, operated by Antrix/ISRO.

The second will also be launched on a Spaceflight mission from Vandenberg Air Force Base aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9.

Deep dive with Flavia at Sunrise Island

Joel Connolly