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Based in Canada, Serving the World

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.

We provide standard and custom SATCOM equipment to customers in military, aeronautical, earth observation, satellite news gathering (SNG), SATCOM-on-the-move (SOTM) and other satellite industries. And because our frequency converters and components are professionally engineered, hand-tuned and individually tested, we can guarantee high performance.

Modern Values. Global Responsibility.

Innovation & Creativity: We live to dream it, invent it, test it, and launch it.

Continuous Learning: We believe in personal and professional growth, mentorship, and a culture that values learning from mistakes.

Diligence: We work hard and persevere through as many iterations as it takes to produce novel results.

Integrity: We commit to high standards of ethics, quality, and accomplishment.

Global Stewardship: We treat the environment and assets with reverence.

Meet the team

Ian McEachern

Ian McEachern

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.

Trevor Hiebert

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.

Nicolas Ju

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.

Samson Lee

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.

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