Apple Car Sensor Manager leaves the company to start the Astra space


Benjamin Lyon, who headed a sensor team working on the Apple Car, recently left Apple to join space startup Astra as the company’s chief engineer.

Purple Apple Car Wheel Icon Feature

Purple Apple Car Wheel Icon Feature
Lyon shared the news in an interview with TechCrunch, where he said he moved to Astra because he was interested in Astra’s vision as it works on small satellite deployment. “I think Astra’s vision is this magical combination of fundamentally taking rocket science out of space. How do you do it? Well, you better have a large team base and a large core technology base that you can put together in order to make a compelling product series, ”he said.

Before leaving Apple, Lyon worked on the iPhone, input devices and sensor hardware, and eventually the ‌Apple Car‌. In 2016, I was working with Bob Mansfield, but since then the leadership of ‌Apple Car‌ passed to the head of IA, John Giannandrea. Before leaving Apple, Lyon was reporting to Doug Field, the former Tesla engineer who was serving as vice president of the project.

Lyon has been on the ‌Apple Car‌ team since 2014 and according to Bloomberg, he resisted all the leadership changes until moving to Astra this year.


Benjamin Lyon, who headed a sensor team working on the Apple Car, recently left Apple to join space startup Astra as the company’s chief engineer.

Purple Apple Car Wheel Icon Feature

Purple Apple Car Wheel Icon Feature
Lyon shared the news in an interview with TechCrunch, where he said he moved to Astra because he was interested in Astra’s vision as it works on small satellite deployment. “I think Astra’s vision is this magical combination of fundamentally taking rocket science out of space. How do you do it? Well, you better have a large team base and a large core technology base that you can put together in order to make a compelling product series, ”he said.

Before leaving Apple, Lyon worked on the iPhone, input devices and sensor hardware, and eventually the ‌Apple Car‌. In 2016, I was working with Bob Mansfield, but since then the leadership of ‌Apple Car‌ passed to the head of IA, John Giannandrea. Before leaving Apple, Lyon was reporting to Doug Field, the former Tesla engineer who was serving as vice president of the project.

Lyon has been on the ‌Apple Car‌ team since 2014 and according to Bloomberg, he resisted all the leadership changes until moving to Astra this year.

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