We build frequency conversion products for the most challenging SATCOM conditions on the planet – sandstorms, snowstorms and everything in between.


Orbital Research was founded in Burnaby, Canada, in 2003. Our team has extensive experience engineering and customizing high end, high performance frequency converters and satellite communications components for professional use. Orbital Research products – LNBs, BDCs, oscillators and more – perform reliably anywhere, even in extreme temperatures and conditions.

Orbital’s products are used extensively by military, aeronautical, Earth observation, remote sensing, satellite news gathering (SNG) and other satellite industries. Our talented engineers have a proven track record of exceeding customer expectations, going back to the 1970s. SATCOM system integrators and companies come to us when they need to ensure reliable communications and data transfer rates – and when they need expertly customized products.



President & CEO

Ian has over 30 years’ experience designing and installing earth stations in some of the most remote corners of the world. Ian has worked on projects for major satellite carriers and earth station equipment manufacturers – and he has contributed to international standards organizations such as the ITU and DVB-RCS. He received a Bachelor of Applied Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of British Columbia and is a licensed Professional Engineer.


Vice President
of Business Development

Trevor has a wealth of experience in the SATCOM industry, starting with hands-on experience installing and designing earth stations. He has spent over 15 years in senior sales positions, working on some of the largest satellite communications projects in history and steering multi-million and billion-dollar deals through to completion. An engineer himself, Trevor is uniquely positioned to understand customers’ challenges and help them devise the best solution.


Director of Supply Chain
& Administration

Rhonda is a supply chain professional with over 20 years of experience in sourcing, purchasing, logistics, inventory control and contract management. A visionary leader and strategic thinker, Rhonda is dedicated to fostering exceptional internal customer service while delivering tangible results, improving processes and minimizing risks.


Director of Operations

A 25-year veteran of the electronics and semi-conductor industry, Nicholas is dedicated to continuous manufacturing and quality improvements – applying his experience with lean manufacturing techniques and quality management controls to deliver results. Fluent in English, Mandarin and Cantonese, Nicholas is well positioned to guide Orbital’s global operations into the future.


Director of Engineering

Samson has 30 years of experience in R&D and engineering. He began his career in photonics research and moved on to deliver RF/microwave signal distribution products, optical sensors for power transmission lines, automotive electronics, high-volume commercial products and medical devices with built-in artificial intelligence. He received his B.Sc. in Engineering Physics and M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Alberta, and a master’s degree in Project Management from York University/University of Victoria.



Mike has 25 years’ experience in the satellite industry – going back to the ‘Wild West,’ when he installed some of the first satellite and mini-cable systems in camps in the backwaters of British Columbia. The first VP Marketing for Norsat, Mike helped the founding president take the company public. He led the development of the world’s first all GaAsFET LNA – and he’s responsible for the design and manufacture of many of Orbital’s custom satellite products.