I’m Henry Sanmark, a software engineer based in Espoo, Finland. I’ve tinkered with spacecraft engineering and robotics for around past 10 years. I’m good at pressing buttons on my keyboard in a correct order.

I’m currently working for ICEYE as a Head of Communications Network, where I’m creating high reliability and high throughput communication between the ground systems and the synthetic-aperture radar (SAR) imaging satellite constellation. My background is in control engineering, robotics and space technology with a degree of Master of Science (Tech.) at Aalto University School of Electrical Engineering. I’ve been involved in emerging Finnish NewSpace industry from its early years, starting from Aalto-1 cubesat mission.

Or, as I describe myself professionally:

Experienced software engineer with a background on space systems, control engineering and robotics with a flavour of strong project and team leading

I have developed software for space missions and also for other fields of industry for around 10 years. While year is just a number, this includes large variety of positions, roles and responsibility from low-abstraction-layer developer to DevOps and software architecture design. This experience comes also with a pragmatic touch where details matter but the end result counts. I’ve been involved in emerging Finnish NewSpace industry from its early years, starting from Aalto-1 cubesat mission.

Besides strong technical skills, I have also honed myself with strong project and team leading skills within different organizations. Embrace change, start projects from scratch and finish them properly are something I try to follow even if requires working under pressure and sometimes going backwards. Everything is done together, where team members matter as human beings.

Outside my professional carreer, I consider myself as a chill guy who gets excited in extraordinary and wacky things. I’m fond of doing crazy projects, organizing events and trying something new and exciting. Whether it is Finland’s first satellite project, the world’s largest sauna, rave party, conference, tinkering with the new hardware or anything else, I’m up for the challenge. I also enjoy learning new concepts in technology, psychology or history by trying to understand the world better - and I read a lot. Despite being a nerd I also exercise a lot by training for marathons and obstacle course races. But most of all, I am a keen gamer with video games, tabletop RPGs (also DM) and board games. I also consider myself as a strong-minded teekkari.


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