About us

droneThe management team at SkyData Air & Space is a union of premier engineers, geographers and diplomats with almost 100 years’ of professional experience. Each team member has a specific skill set which together enables SkyData Air & Space to identify, evaluate, design and operate any drone system successfully.

The management philosophy is open, collaborative, performance-driven.  It is one focused on exploiting opportunities through the use of SkyData Air & Space’s vast global network of governmental decision-makers and business magnates, building things others cannot and delivering outcomes which will make our planet a better place.


Management Team

Mark Iden (President) graduated from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts and Harvard Universities. Since then, Mark has served as an intermediary between government and industry throughout Africa, Asia-Pacific, Europe and the Middle East.

Andreas Kuehnen (Vice President) has served the IT and engineering industry for over 20 years in department head, MD and sales positions. He is a recognized expert in the field of remote sensing and drones and has gathered particular experience in Europe, Middle East and Africa.

Kyle Fairchild (Secretary) is a former NASA Director, Space Shuttle Mission Manager and Commercialization Officer. As a mission manager, Kyle managed integration and operations of numerous scientific payloads aboard the Space Shuttle. His commercialization experience is particularly vital in sourcing key technologies from NASA, universities, and other federal labs.

Ursula Benz (Treasurer) focuses since more than 20 years to build up professional teams, to continuously explore new technologies and to strive for innovative business models in order to serve customers with problem solving, sustainable and cost efficient solutions for their business.

Gerald Kulcinski is Grainger Professor of Nuclear Engineering-Emeritus and the Director-Fusion Technology Institute University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Kulcinski was the Associate Dean of Research for the College of Engineering from 2001 to 2014. He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 1993, was awarded the NASA Public Service Medal in 1993 and the NASA Exceptional Public Service Medal in 2010. He served on the NASA Advisory Council from 2005 to 2009, on the Advisory Committee for the Department of Commerce on Emerging Technology from 2008-2018, and is a Fellow in the American Nuclear Society since 1978.

Jeremy Friedlander



Senior Advisor

Debra Andreas 

Thomas Benz