Chief Executive Officer
Erik Franks is a veteran startup founder and space industry professional. He is a graduate of University of Texas at Austin and also earned a Masters in Space Studies from International Space University. He was ground operations lead for one of the prime contractors of DARPA's XS-1 reusable spaceplane program, and has extensive prior experience in technical program management and project oversight.
Chief Operating Officer
Jeff Gibson has a decade of experience in aerospace systems engineering. He first worked as a Senior Engineer at Goodrich corporation on multiple rapid development projects for precision guided munitions. In 2013, he joined Masten Space Systems as the Lead GNC Systems Engineer, where he also served as Technical Lead on the DARPA XS-1 program, and GNC/Avionics/Software Lead for Masten's effort on the NASA Lunar CATALYST program. Jeff was the pilot/operator for over a hundred VTVL rocket flights and static engine tests. He has extensive experience in design, simulation, integration, testing, and project leadership.
Chief Technology Officer
Jake Teufert is an experienced professional in the field of propulsion and energetic devices. His prior experience includes a diversity of programs including the Space Shuttle, SLS, Ground-based Midcourse Defense, and DARPA’s XS-1. He has worked on flight qualified rocket propulsion systems ranging from pounds to tens of thousands of pounds.
Principal Mechanical Engineer
Principal Propulsion Engineer
Devin Kees has experience working with hypergolic-, bipropellant-, cryogenic-, and hybrid-rockets at Purdue’s Zucrow Laboratories. At Orbital Sciences he was the responsible engineer for attitude control systems, fairing jettison systems, ordnance components, and new innovative rocket hardware for programs such as GMD, IRBM, and MRBM. He was the responsible engineer for one of Virgin Orbit’s first stage engines. In his free time, Devin designed and built flamethrowers that have safely burned more than ten tons of fuel.
Principal Spacecraft Architect
Isa Peterson is an inquisitive astronautical engineer with a background in orbital mechanics, spacecraft mission design, and manufacturing. Her experience includes numerous commercial programs ranging from geostationary orbit raising, spacecraft mechanical testing, and proposal/product development. Isa loves learning, dancing, and product development. She wants to be an astronaut when she grows up.
Principal GNC Engineer