In this Better Satellite World podcast, SSPI’s Lou Zacharilla speaks with John Murtagh, Head of Strategy at Airbus Defence and Space – Intelligence. They discuss John’s work with Airbus’ Intelligence program unit and the key role of Earth observation data analytics in modern strategy and intelligence planning.


John Murtagh is an Earth observation industry professional. He is a strategist within the Strategy Team of Connected Intelligence within Airbus Defence and Space, a leading supplier of satellite imagery and related defense solutions. Since joining Airbus in 1992, John has undertaken a wide range of roles and is now an executive member driving strategies focused on new digital transformation services and platform initiatives. He has worked in over 30 countries on all continents since joining Airbus and brings a unique perspective from the global customer vantage point.


John received his undergraduate degree from King’s College London and graduated with an MSc in Remote Sensing from Imperial College/University College London. He also has an MA in Marketing and an MBA in Strategy. Prior to joining Airbus, John worked for BP Exploration in their Remote Sensing Group as a data integration specialist.

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