Max Haot is founder and CEO of Launcher, the high-performance rocket company founded in 2017 and based in Los Angeles.
Previously Max was founder and CEO of Mevo, a hardware company producing live streaming video cameras acquired by Logitech in 2021. Prior to this, Max was founding CEO of Livestream, which was acquired by IAC in 2017 and became part of Vimeo. Earlier in his career, Max led technology for IMG, leading its software platform to acquisition by Verizon in 2005. Max has more than 25 years of experience as an entrepreneur, leading successful exits for all three of his previous ventures. He has a lifelong passion for space exploration and its potential to advance humanity.
Founder at Mevo (acquired by Logitech) and Livestream (acquired by IAC/Vimeo)
SpaceX, Virgin Orbit, Tyvak and U.S. Space Force
Igor previously served as Deputy Chief Designer in the Liquid Propulsion Department at Yuzhnoye, the Ukrainian state-owned company that designed the world-leading Zenit launch vehicle. Most recently, Igor worked for Avio, a key contractor for the European Space Agency’s Ariane and Vega launchers. Igor has over 30 years of experience in high-performance liquid rocket engine development.
Kevin has over thirty years designing hardware and software for rockets and spacecraft. He started his career at NASA/JPL where he developed expertise in the area of space radiation effects in complex integrated circuits. Kevin then went on to work on several JPL spacecraft and development of Mars rover technologies. When he left JPL in 2008, he was group supervisor of the Advanced Computer Systems and Technologies Group, which is responsible for providing flight computer hardware to all JPL flight missions. During his tenure at JPL, Kevin had directly worked on, or developed technologies for the Galileo orbiter, Mars Pathfinder lander, Sojourner rover, Cassini orbiter, Mars Global Surveyor orbiter, Mars Phoenix lander, Spirit and Opportunity rovers, and the Curiosity rover projects.
In 2008 Kevin joined SpaceX to lead the development of flight computers for the Falcon 9 & Falcon Heavy rockets and Dragon spacecraft. He led the overall development of the fault-tolerant computing architecture for these vehicles. In addition, Kevin personally designed all computers and networking hardware used on these vehicles. This hardware was proven to be significantly more robust than the avionics typically used in aerospace, yet one to two orders of magnitude less expensive.
NASA JPL, SpaceX
Luis is a 3D printing expert who has been internationally awarded with Autodesk, New Lab and Simon's Foundation Science Sandbox Fellowships. With an interdisciplinary background in mechatronics, software development, fabrication, audio/video and food, Luis holds a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering with a thesis on micro and nano fluidics from Zhejiang University.
Andre received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from Yale University and was previously an intern at SpaceX and Tesla. He is currently completing his Master’s degree in Aerospace Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology.
SpaceX (Intern), Tesla (Intern)
Rich has worked on spacecraft avionics and embedded systems for 35 years. Before coming to Launcher, he worked for 8 years as a senior avionics software engineer at SpaceX developing software for Falcon 9 and Dragon. Prior to that Rich developed research and flight rovers and rover software for NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab. At JPL he was a rover test engineer and mission operator for the Spirit and Opportunity rovers. Rich also worked in Houston on the Space Shuttle and Space Station programs while at IBM Federal Systems. He is interested in all types of robotics and autonomous vehicle systems and has been a part of DARPA's Grand Challenge, FIRST robotics and Battlebots. Rich has a Mechanical Engineering degree from Drexel University and a Masters in Space Science from the University of Houston - Clear Lake.
Catherine previously worked as VP of Business Operations at Livestream, until its acquisition to Vimeo in 2017. She is a results-oriented operation and finances professional offering 10+ years of experience leading key growth initiatives for startups, mid-size, and large international organizations in the online space with a passion for the eCommerce, Hardware, SaaS industries. Catherine holds a BS in Business Administration from San Francisco State University.
Livestream, Vimeo, Mevo, Logitech
Viktoria is a computational fluid dynamics (CFD) expert with twenty years of experience in Yuzhnoye Design Office. With an interdisciplinary background in heat transfer and strength calculations, Viktoria holds a Master’s degree in Solid State Physics from Dnipro State University in Ukraine.
Kelly previously worked as Head of Business Intelligence at Livestream and as Head of Business Intelligence at Mevo until its acquisition by Logitech in 2021. Prior to this, she was in charge of Revenue Growth for fast-growing start-ups within eFounders start-up studio. She is data-oriented and has a great capacity to act as a liaison between management and operations. Kelly holds a Master in Finance and a Bachelor in Business Engineering from Solvay School of Economics and Management (ULB).
Jennifer holds a BA in Economics from UCLA. Jennifer has previously worked in operations coordination in the healthcare technology, human resources, and eCommerce industries.
SpaceX, NASA (Intern)
NASA JPL, SpaceX
Launcher relocated its previously Ukraine-based design team to Sofia, Bulgaria in early February, 2022.
Maksym previously served as Lead Engineer in the Liquid Propulsion Department at Yuzhnoye Design Office. Maksym has 10 years of experience in mathematical modeling of schematics of liquid rocket engines. Maksym also has a background in electronics, software development and fabrication. Maksym has a master’s degree in spacecraft propulsion systems from Dnipro National University.
Mykola previously worked as lead engineer in the aerodynamics department and as team leader in the heat and mass transfer department at SDO Yuzhnoye. He also worked as a head of department at scientific production company Ukrremputmash, a leading Ukrainian company-manufacturer of machines for railroad construction and maintenance. Mykola holds a master’s degree in aero and hydrodynamics from Dnipro National University.
Volodymyr has a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Zaporizhia National Technical University. He previously worked in the compressor design department at Motor Sich. Volodymyr has eight years of experience in computational fluid dynamics (CFD) analysis of internal aerodynamics of aero engines and hydraulic systems.
Andrii received his master’s degree in aviation engine technology production from the National Aerospace University’s Kharkiv Aviation Institute. He has 10 years of experience working as an engineer designer and as chief of the designer’s group at Motor Sich. Andrii is a specialist in 3D design, the development of schematic diagrams, and documentation of sound attenuation, air cleaning, and power construction systems.
Bohdana received her master’s degree in aviation and aerospace technology from Dnipro National University. She previously worked in the Liquid Propulsion Department at Yuzhnoye Design Office, where she gained experience in heat transfer, transient liquid rocket engine simulation and software development.
Volodymyr specializes in designing the valves of launch vehicle pneumohydraulic systems and has eight years of experience at SDO Yuzhnoye. Volodymyr has a Master’s degree in the design of rockets and aerospace systems from the National Aerospace University’s Kharkiv Aviation Institute.
Andrii graduated from the Dnipro National University of Railway Transport and got his master’s degree in qualification of lifting-and-transport, railway, road machines, construction and reclamation machines and equipment. Andrii has 14 years of experience working as an engineer designer. Before coming to Launcher, Andrii worked as a design engineer, a process engineer for the repair of railway transmission systems, and a hydraulic engineer designing machines for metallurgical plants. Andrii is a specialist in 3D design.
Yurii is a graduate of Dnipro National University with a master’s degree in Aerospace Engineering. Before coming to Launcher, he worked in the aviation industry for seven years as a design engineer at Ivchenko-Progress and for nine years as a design engineer and head of design department at the MiGremont repair plant. Yurii also has experience as a design engineer in the Czech Republic. He worked for the international company Autoneum for two years and gained experience in the field of acoustic and thermal management for vehicles. Studied advanced production technologies and organization of production processes.
Oleksii graduated from the Physical and Technical Institute at Dnipropetrovsk National University and got his specialist’s degree in Design and Manufacture of Rocket and Space Aircrafts. He started his career in Yuzhnoye Design Office, designed satellite subsystems and also took part in many production and research projects related to the rocket and space industry. His main specialization is 3D design.
Svitlana is responsible for accounting and human resources, and has experience in a range of industries.
Dmytro has extensive experience in enterprise management. He previously worked in IT equipment sales, production and software development.