Spaceflight’s former CEO moves into a different orbit

Spaceflight Inc.’s former CEO, Curt Blake, is joining the Seattle office of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati at a time when the California-based law firm is launching an industry group to focus on the needs of emerging space ventures.

Wilson Sonsini’s clients already include high-profile investors and companies in the NewSpace industry sector, such as Astranis Space Technologies, BlackSky, Lunasonde, Skylo Technologies and Slingshot Aerospace.

Craig Sherman, a partner at Wilson Sonsini who focuses on the space industry, said in a news release that Blake’s addition to the team as a senior of counsel serves as “an ideal opportunity for us to work more closely with the innovators and established companies leading the way forward in the NewSpace sector.”

During his 12-year tenure as the CEO at Spaceflight Inc. — which is currently headquartered in Bellevue, Wash. — Blake oversaw the company’s rise as a coordinator of satellite rideshare logistics and the manufacturer of Sherpa orbital transfer vehicles.