Altaeros’ mission is to deliver the next generation of infrastructure to rural and isolated communities in an economic and environmentally friendly manner. We combine proven technology with flight control innovations to enable cost effective autonomous deployment of tethered airborne platforms. This approach solves the problem of requiring continuous manned operation to deliver a compelling economic value proposition for many applications. The key focus for Altaeros today is in three areas:

  • Enabling the cost effective deployment of ubiquitous telecom service to rural and remote communities
  • Efficient and clean power generation for rural and isolated communities
  • Effective deployment of technology enabled agricultural services.

Altaeros was founded in 2010 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with the objective to deploy the world’s first commercial airborne wind turbine to harness the abundant energy in strong, steady winds at higher altitudes. Today that original vision has crystalized into helping rural and remote communities gain the benefit of state-of-the-art power, communications and other infrastructure.

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Leadership Team


Adam Rein

Adam Rein – Chairman/Founder

Adam has an extensive background in the business of green energy and cleantech having held positions at the World Economic Forum and Bain & Company. In 2010 he co-founded Altaeros, recognizing the opportunity presented by high level winds for clean power generation and other applications. Altaeros became a founding member company of Greentown labs, the largest early stage cleantech incubator in the United States, where Adam currently serves on the board of directors. In 2013, Adam joined MissionPoint Capital Partners which focuses on providing growth investment for companies accelerating the transition to a low carbon world. Adam holds a BA from Yale University, an MPA in Business and Government from the John. F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and an MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Management.


Ben Glass

Ben Glass – CEO/CTO & Founder

As a cleantech entrepreneur, Ben is driven by a passion for boosting efficiency and sustainability through elegant technical solutions. He developed the idea for Altaeros while conducting research on compact, efficient turbomachinery at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Gas Turbine Lab. After developing the initial prototypes, Ben co-founded Altaeros in 2010, and is currently leading the company to full commercialization of the technology. Ben holds a BS and MS in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering from MIT.


Ben Bollinger

Dr. Benjamin Bollinger – VP Engineering

Ben joined Altaeros in September of 2015 to lead the company’s engineering efforts in commercializing its technology. His previous role was as Chief Engineer at Sustain X, a company he co-founded in 2007, which focused on grid-scale energy storage solutions to support a cleaner and more efficient electric grid. Ben holds a PhD in Engineering Sciences from the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth where he held a variety of research positions prior to founding SustainX.


Sheri Palazzo

Sheri Palazzo – VP of R&D Operations

Sheri joined Altaeros in January 2016 excited to jump into the start-up world. Sheri brings over twenty years of successful product development and engineering leadership experience having previously worked at GE, Bose and Hewlett-Packard. She now leads the research and development of Altaeros' technology, pushing the engineering team step by step towards commercialization. Sheri holds a Masters in Mechanical Engineering from Northeastern University and Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from Tufts University.


Joseph Ryan

Joseph Ryan – VP of Business Development

Joe joined Altaeros in September 2017. Joe has an extensive background in communications infrastructure having held positions at American Tower, Comcast and Tower Ventures. He now leads business development at Altaeros, where he is working with customers, partners and internal teams to deploy the first commercial telecommunications aerostat. Joe holds a Bachelors degree in Government from Boston College.


Research Awards and Support

state of california energy commissionstate of Alaska energy AuthorityCleantech innovations NE ConocoPhillipsMTI maine technology instituteNSF USDA

"This material is based upon work supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, under Agreement No. 2012-33610-20169 of the Small Business Innovation Research Grants Program; and by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 1248528."