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Honoring Hispanic Heritage Month & Women in Space Week: Carol Craig

We are proud to profile the accomplishments of Vaya Space Board Member Carol Craig. A self-described “accidental entrepreneur” and Unconventional CEO®, Carol Craig is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Craig Technologies, and Chairman/CEO of Sidus Space.

Carol was named the 2015 SBA Small Business Person of the Year for the State of Florida, and was a finalist for the national Small Business Person of the Year. A former US Naval Flight Officer, Carol was one of the first women eligible to fly combat aircraft in the U.S. Navy.

Following her military service she began her business career as a one-woman consulting firm, and started Craig Technologies from her kitchen table in 1999, before growing it into a multimillion-dollar enterprise in less than 15 years, providing engineering, technology, and manufacturing solutions for commercial and government Aerospace & Defense Industry customers. She later formed Sidus Space, a space-as-a-service company that provides scalable low-cost satellites, imaging, data, and design.

Carol, whose birthmother was Cuban, was raised in the Midwest from adoptive parents. She has said that she, “was blessed to be adopted by parents who believed that children should have equal chances for success, no matter what their economic situation or class in life.” This support set the pace for her remarkable career.

Carol earned a BA in Computer Science from Knox College, BS in Computer Science Engineering from the University of Illinois, MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Systems Engineering at the Florida Institute of Technology.

Carol Craig is a brilliant leader, dynamic businessperson, and a profound part of our community and industry, whom we thank for her service.


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