Umbra builds next-generation space systems that observe the Earth in unprecedented fidelity. Our vision is to advance global insight through high quality, all weather commercial remote sensing and intelligence gathering. Umbra is doing this by offering services which create value for our customers empowering them to make better decisions. Our goal is to become an indispensable tool for the exploding number of organizations now actively monitoring the Earth, making data-driven decisions about land use, and fighting the effects of climate change.
Umbra delivers on this mission by implementing first principles to develop hardware, software and services which are unrivaled by the status quo. Umbra builds cutting-edge hardware and software products for our analytics customers which solve complex business and security challenges for the United States and its allies.
Canopy is our direct tasking platform which allows our customers to use a robust network of sensors to trigger space assets and autonomously deliver data for their analytics needs.
Umbra’s team is comprised of space and business veterans from Maxar, Northrop Grumman, General Dynamics, Raytheon, Boeing, Deloitte, Booz Allen Hamilton, Los Angeles Air Force Base, Point Mugu Naval Base, Space & Missile Systems Center (SMC, now Space Systems Command), Joint Chiefs, National Security Council, NASA, DARPA, CIA, USAF and the White House. Umbra is headquartered in Santa Barbara, California, and has a presence in Austin, and Washington, D.C.
SANTA BARBARA, CA – The NRO has selected Umbra for the second Focus Area—Commercial Radio Frequency (RF) Capabilities—under the agency’s Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) for Strategic Commercial Enhancements effort. Focused on commercial imagery and otherRead More
SANTA BARBARA, CA – The NRO has selected Umbra for the first Focus Area—Commercial Radar—under the agency’s new Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) for Strategic Commercial Enhancements effort. Focused on commercial imagery and data, this initiativeRead More
David Langan is Umbra’s CEO and co-founder. He is an expert in mission architecture, CONOPS formulation, remote sensing, and the design, manufacture and test of advanced space systems for commercial and US Government customers. David also contributes to US commercial space policy development, serving from 2016-2020 as an appointee of President Obama and President Trump on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Advisory Committee on Commercial Remote Sensing (ACCRES). Before founding Umbra in 2015, David held senior positions as Systems Engineer and Space Mission Architect at Orbital ATK (Northrup Grumman Innovation Systems) where he enjoyed 100% flight success across more than eighteen satellite systems missions. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California at Irvine (UCI) and a Masters degree in Astronautical Engineering from the University of Southern California (USC).
Gabe is Umbra’s Chief Strategy Officer and co-founder. A life-long entrepreneur, with endless energy, Gabe has worked with numerous blue-chip companies across several industries. Before Umbra, he co-founded and served as COO of a legal service company that generated more than $1 billion in verdicts and settlements. Gabe served on the Space Generation Advisory Council and currently serves on USGIF National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) and National Geospatial Agency (NGA) Working Groups. He sits on the Adelle Davis Foundation Board of Directors and previously served on the City of Santa Barbara’s Police and Fire Pension Commission and the Civil Service Commission. Gabe earned his Bachelors Degree in history from California State University at Chico (cum laude).
John has been investing in early-stage start-ups and fund managers for the past decade and as a long-time macro investor has consistently focused on sectors and investments where technology can be particularly disruptive and accelerate change. John founded Passport Capital in 2000. John holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a BA from Duke University.