About us

The 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.


SkyData Air & Space Team

Kyle Fairchild (CEO)
Kyle contributes to the team with his unique experience from his previous roles as NASA Director, Space Shuttle Mission Manager and Commercialization Officer. As mission manager, Kyle was responsible for the integration and operations of numerous scientific payloads aboard the Space Shuttle. His commercialization experience and personal network are particularly vital in sourcing key technologies from NASA, universities and other Federal labs and thus supporting SkyData customers with leading edge technology.

Mark Iden (COO)
Upon graduation from the Fletcher School at Tufts and Harvard Universities, Mark worked for the multilateral Pacific Basin Economic Council as International Deputy Director General, coordinating the trade and investment affairs for 650 corporate members in 48 countries. He later joined Chevron as Chief Negotiator Downstream in southern Africa. Mark transitioned to the upstream parts of the energy business when seconded by the Preussag AG in Germany, ultimately presiding over their Middle East activities. As COO of SkyData, Mark oversees the operations, as well as negotiations for entry into new global markets. This extensive experience in these areas ensures an in-depth understanding of the needs of SkyData customers. With his expansive network of high level contacts around the world he can create the right connections – in many cases key to the success of visionary and strategic  projects.

Gerald Kulcinski
Gerald is Grainger Professor of Nuclear Engineering-Emeritus and Director-Fusion Technology Institute University of Wisconsin-Madison. He was Associate Dean of Research – College of Engineering from 2001 to 2014, elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 1993, awarded the NASA Public Service Medal in 1993 and the NASA Exceptional Public Service Medal in 2010. He was on the NASA Advisory Council from 2005 to 2009, 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.

Andreas Kühnen
Andreas 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, the Middle East and Africa. Andreas’ vast expertise in this technology ensures that SkyData is aware of all existing state-of-the-art technology, and his familiarity with these countries will aid SkyData in establishing the appropriate relationships to conduct business. 

Ursula Benz
Ursula is managing director of Urbetho, a company focused on business consulting for geoservices. She started her career at DLR as an engineer for advanced airborne and spaceborne SAR systems. For more than 20 years she has successfully driven the go-to-market process of ground-breaking solutions in the EO market. She supports SkyData’s efforts to deliver cost efficient and sustainable solutions to its customers and contributes with her strong partner network of world leading IT-, software development and EO Data providers.

Jeremy Friedlander
Jeremy is director of AIM listed Bushveld Minerals ZZ and an experienced attorney for transactions in the property, natural resource and renewable energy sector. 

Debra Andreas
Debra is an editor-at-large, investor, philanthropist and charitable giving advisor to individuals and Foundations. She consults SkyData  in its investment and funding strategy to ensure sustainability and growth for SkyData and at the same time reliability for Skydata customers,  and benefit to its investors.

Thomas Benz
Thomas holds a degree in Communications Engineering and Information Technology from the Technical University of Munich and has been working in the field of hardware and information technology for more than 25 years. He is managing director of Urbetho, a medium-sized company in the field of geospatial services and solutions. Prior to that, he was responsible as CTO respectively COO for the development, setup and operation of a platform for private and public clouds with a focus on geo-services and remote sensing.