Joe Darden

Joe Darden

Director of Aviation and Business Development at Iridium Communications Inc.


Joe Darden is the Director of Aviation and Business Development for Iridium Communications Inc., the only company that offers truly global satellite communications. In his role, he is responsible for new business development in the Iridium Aviation line of business.


Prior to joining Iridium in 2019, Mr. Darden held several roles in the wireless telecommunication and manufacturing industries, including T-Mobile (formerly Sprint, formerly Nextel) and Cooper Industries. In addition to developing solutions and acquiring customers in all Aviation segments, Mr. Darden is leading Iridium’s Autonomous/Remotely Piloted Vehicle development strategy. He also serves on the Executive Board for AUVSI’s Washington DC Metro Chapter, on RTCA Special Committee 228 (WG2 UAS Command/Control), ASTM’s F38 Working Groups, ANSI’s UAS Collaborative Working Groups and HSAC’s UAS Committee and is the UAS Representative on the Loudoun County Rural Economic Development Committee.


Mr. Darden has over 25 years of experience in sales, channel development and business development for advanced wireless communications solutions in enterprise, government and wholesale sectors. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Government with an Economics Minor from Sacramento State. Mr. Darden is a Student Pilot (Private) and is an FAA Certified Part 107 Pilot with over 300 flight hours. In his spare time, Mr. Darden is a Certified Beer Judge, a Cicerone and an award-winning home brewer.

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A perspective on smart cities

  • 14 November, 2024
  • 16:15 - 17:00