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Space Industry Veteran David Caponio Joins Launcher Leadership Team

Hawthorne, California
July 15, 2021

David Caponio Strengthens Launcher’s Team with Decades of Experience at SpaceX, Virgin Orbit,  U.S. Space Force and More.

David Caponio, Head of Product and Business Development, Launcher

Launcher today announced that commercial space executive David Caponio has joined its leadership team as the Head of Product and Business Development. David brings two decades of both customer and provider experience in the commercial space launch sector, including at SpaceX, Virgin Orbit, and Tyvak and in the U.S. Government, as a military officer supporting launch and space development programs at the U.S. Space Force and the U.S. Air Force.

David’s announcement highlights the continuous strengthening of Launcher’s leadership team and follows Launcher’s finalization of $11.7M in Series A funding in June. Launcher is unique in the small satellite launch services market for its high-performance, 3D printed copper alloy staged combustion liquid rocket engines. The company is on track to reach orbit in 2024 at the lowest total investment in history.

David has provided decades of service to the U.S. Government as an active and reserve military officer, as well as a government consultant for launch and small satellite development to the U.S. Air Force and Space Force. He obtained his MS in Systems Engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology and BS in Aeronautical Engineering from the U.S. Air Force Academy.

From left to right: David Caponio, Head of Product and Business Development, Max Haot, Founder & CEO, Kevin Watson, Head of Avionics, and Igor Nikishchenko, Chief Designer, Launcher

“We are very excited to welcome David to the Launcher team. David’s experience as both a customer and provider of satellite launch services positions Launcher to better serve our customers and guide product development that is best in the industry” said Max Haot, CEO of Launcher.

“I’m thrilled to join Launcher. Launcher’s high-performance design enables our launch services to be competitively priced and profitable -- serving the needs of the exponentially growing small satellite market,” said David Caponio.

Launcher is actively hiring for its headquarters and factory in Hawthorne, California. Interested candidates can visit to learn more.

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