Martin Soltau

Founder & Co-CEO Space Solar


Martin is a highly experienced business and engineering leader in the Aerospace sector. He directed the recent UK government study into the viability of Space Based Solar Power as a new energy technology which could help the UK deliver Net Zero. He established and co-chairs the Space Energy Initiative, a collaboration of UK space and energy organisations promoting the advancement of this technology. He is co-founder and co-CEO of Space Solar, leading the UK development programme. 

Martin gained a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Bristol University, and has enjoyed a career in the aerospace sector. He studied aerospace systems with Martin Marietta in Orlando on a technology transfer program, before joining W. Vinten to lead the development of fast jet tactical reconnaissance systems for a number of air forces around the world. He then spent four years as head of programmes for Smiths Aerospace, developing aircraft systems and equipment, before joining Frazer-Nash Consultancy to develop and lead their Aerospace and Space business. 

Martin is a member of both the International Academy of Astronautics permanent committee on Space Solar Power, and International Astronautical Federation Space Power Committee. He is also a founder member of the UAS Challenge committee, an international student competition run by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.