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Carol Craig, CEO of Sidus Space, receives Distinguished Alumni Award from University of Illinois

Sidus Space, Inc., a Space-as-a-Service satellite company focused on commercial satellite design, manufacture, launch, and data collection is pleased to announce that Carol Craig, Founder and CEO is a recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award from the Department of Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Carol Craig, Founder & CEO of Sidus Space

The Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award acknowledges and honors outstanding faculty, students, and alumni for their contributions to the discipline. Ms. Craig was presented the award at the annual Celebration of Excellence event at the Illinois Student Union in Champaign, IL April 26, 2022.


Notably, Ms. Craig recently became the first female founder and owner of a space-based company to go public. Before becoming a self-described “astropreneur,” Carol was one of the first women eligible to fly combat aircraft in the U.S. Navy and the first female aviator in her squadron serving as an active-duty P-3C Orion Naval Flight Officer. In this position, she was responsible for all tactical communication and navigation aboard combat aircraft. An engineer by trade, Carol provided software design and development for military aircraft cockpit systems preceding her Naval service and instruction of flight planning software for the U.S. Navy Strike Fighter Weapons School post service.


Prior to her role as Sidus Space Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Carol Craig built her namesake firm, Craig Technologies, into an aerospace and defense contracting company recognized throughout the U.S. government. Craig Technologies offers engineering and technical solutions to include Software Design/Development, Systems Engineering, Multidisciplinary Engineering, Training and Courseware Development, Modeling & Simulation, IT Support, and Integrated Logistics Support.

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