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We are a tight team with big goals. That means we need all hands on deck. At ABL, every person takes ownership of their work, and understands how it impacts our mission. Accessing space doesn’t need to be expensive, complicated, or difficult, and we’re building the systems, CONOPS, and organization to prove it.

All mission types, all the time.

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Defense

ABL is committed to the national security of the United States and our allies. Our innovative vehicle and launch systems enable space resiliency. We are made in the USA, ensuring all suppliers and sub-suppliers are highly vetted and technically audited.

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Commercial

In the US and abroad, private and civil entities are funding missions to build a better tomorrow. Whether it’s for natural resource management, global communications, or exploring the solar system—we support the science and business that is shaping our world. Our reliable and affordable launch systems help make this possible.

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Anywhere

Quickly manufactured, flexibly operated. Our versatile launch systems can activate new launch capability anywhere you want it. We service the full cislunar volume and beyond

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It takes all of us.

Our team has come together to pursue mastery of our domains and build something bigger than ourselves. We are proud to serve the people pushing the frontiers of space technology.

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Harry O'Hanley

CEO

Harry led development of the grid fin landing system for SpaceX. He later managed the final integration team that achieved a biweekly vehicle production rate.

Dan Piemont

CFO

Dan Piemont

Dan previously held investment, business development, and engineering roles at Morgan Stanley, AltSchool, Redpoint Ventures, and Dynasty.com. He leads ABL’s corporate and business functions and holds degrees in Physics and Economics from MIT.

Dan Piemont

Jon Barr

Head of Avionics

Jon Barr

JBarr led the avionics and integration team for the Falcon 9 launch vehicle at SpaceX supporting over 75 launches. He led avionics development for five versions of Falcon including stage 1 reentry.

Jon Barr

Matt Becker

Chief Engineer

Matt Becker

Becker started as one of the original members of Virgin Orbit’s propulsion team working on engine layouts, high-flow cryogenic valves, and turbomachinery. He built and led the components team and coordinated all turbomachinery and propulsion component related efforts from initial specification to qualification.

Matt Becker

John Conafay

General Manager, Launch Business

John Conafay is a Veteran of the United States Air Force and has worked in business and leadership roles at SEDS-USA, Spire Global, Bryce Space and Technologies, NASA HQ, Astranis, and Spaceflight Inc. He is currently leading commercial business development for ABL.

Josh Hathaway

Head of GNC

Josh Hathaway

Josh has spent majority of his career doing GNC for SpaceX. He has contributed to many of the company’s firsts: Dragon docking with the ISS, Falcon 9 landing, Falcon Heavy, and the Starhopper test vehicle.

Josh Hathaway

Matt Heersink

Head of Process Control

Matt Heersink

Matthew recently coordinated materials management at Virgin Orbit. Previously, he was an early employee at SpaceX where he led production control and supervised materials management.

Matt Heersink

Ryan Kuhn

Director of Hardware Engineering

Ryan Kuhn

Ryan began his career as a mechanical design engineer at Boeing and then Parker Hannifin. At SpaceX, he designed the third generation Falcon 9 grid fin landing system and led the Falcon 9 stage 1 propulsion systems team.

Ryan Kuhn

Luke Pearse

Head of Structures

Luke Pearse

Luke led the structures team at Vector Launch. Previously, he was responsible for the delivery of the world’s first full-scale Hyperloop vacuum structure at Hyperloop One, and was part of the team that integrated the first Airbus A350 composite wings.

Luke Pearse

Blaine Riley

Head of Systems and Operations

Blaine Riley

Blaine previously worked at SpaceX, where he was the Stage RE for 15 Falcon 9 & Falcon Heavy missions, led the booster refurbishment effort of the first F9 booster to re-fly, and previously supported the company in Finance & Supply Chain.

Blaine Riley

Madeline Salazar

Head of Machining and Additive Manufacturing

Madeline Salazar

Madeline is a first-generation college graduate, an MIT alumnus, and a leader in the engineering field. She has held positions at NASA, Boeing, Northrop Grumman, and two emerging aerospace companies. Madeline led the production of satellites at Boeing–the youngest team member to hold such responsibility. Madeline also led new technology research at Northrop Grumman, including the application of Augmented Reality and data analytics in industrial spaces.

Madeline Salazar

Dan Sullivan

Director of Corporate Development

Dan Sullivan

Dan’s background is in corporate finance, with experience in mergers and acquisitions, as well as capital markets. He was recently a Senior Vice President in Stout’s investment banking group responsible for execution of sell-side M&A transactions. Previously, he spent five years at CRT Capital in a generalist role focused on primarily leveraged finance and private capital raises.

Dan Sullivan

Jacob Trudell-Lozano

Head Integration Technician

Jacob Trudell-Lozano

Jake recently led a team of integration technicians at Virgin Orbit. Earlier, he led final assembly for Falcon 9 Stage 1 and Dragon Structures at SpaceX, where he performed final integration on over 40 rocket stages.

Jacob Trudell-Lozano

Erin Weber

General Counsel

Erin Weber

Erin led all legal and compliance matters as the General Counsel at International Launch Services. Previously, she advised space and satellite clients, from startups to established defense contractors, at Hogan Lovells. Erin also advised banking, insurance, and retail units at Cognizant Technology Solutions.

Erin Weber

Kirk Woellert

Mission Manager

Kirk was the SETA technical lead for the DARPA Launch Challenge. Prior to that he managed external payloads integration at NanoRacks. His background includes tours of duty as a Navy intelligence officer and extensive experience in National Security Space.

Eva Abramson

Strategic Development Manager

Eva Abramson

Eva spearheaded research on the small launch sector at Lockheed Martin Ventures. She built geospatial data platforms that leverage EO constellations and mobile-user data. Earlier, she moderated debates on dual-use technology hosted at the United Nations General Assembly.

Eva Abramson

Kenny Acob

Lead Test Technician

Kenny Acob

Kenny began his career in the US Army, serving as a Helicopter Crew Chief, with deployments in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Kuwait over a six year time span. After returning, he became a Lead Aircraft Mechanic for Singapore Airlines out of LAX before bringing his technical expertise to ABL.

Kenny Acob

Eric Ashley

Systems and Operations Engineer

Eric spent three years working on cancer therapeutics after graduating from UCSB. After undergrad, he earned a master’s degree from Cal Poly, SLO focusing on the operational aspects of UAVs, developing the avionics package for Cal Poly’s collegiate rocket club.

Jerry Balbas

Technician

Jerry Balbas

Jerry has more than two decades of experience in the industry, starting in 1996 at Northrop Grumman, building 747 fuselages. Later, he transferred to the military division, where he worked on the F-35 Stealth Fighter, F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, and EA-18G Growler aircraft. In 2013, Jerry joined SpaceX, where he helped create the Advanced Sub-Assembly Department.

Jerry Balbas

Saylor Brisson

Propulsion Engineer

Saylor Brisson

Saylor coded a physics simulator to analyze separation and clearance for Virgin Orbit’s first payload. Earlier, she designed, built, and tested the recovery system for the Stanford rocket that won first place at the Intercollegiate Rocketry Engineering Competition.

Saylor Brisson

Kevin Campbell

Head of Production Operations

Kevin Campbell

Kevin managed global marine operations of 46 drilling units and 360+ personnel for Diamond Offshore. He previously supervised operations for the first-article construction of an offshore drilling unit at Atwood Oceanics.

Kevin Campbell

Roy Cohen

Avionics and Software Engineer

Roy Cohen

Roy has been working on real time embedded systems professionally since high school, and has won awards for his rocket avionics, hybrid motors, and full-stack quadcopter projects.

Roy Cohen

Andrew Colombo

Hardware Development Engineer

Andrew Colombo

Andrew developed a hybrid rocket motor, led the rocketry team, and founded a SEDS chapter while at Johns Hopkins University. At SpaceX, he was on the Starlink satellite constellation thermodynamics group where he supported early architecture trades and avionics hardware reliability.

Andrew Colombo

Austin Courtney

Regulatory Operations Engineer

Austin Courtney

Austin was lead test stand engineer at the USC Liquid Propulsion Laboratory. He was in charge of reviewing operations and safety plans before tests to evaluate hazards. This led him to pursue working on the regulatory side of the launch process at ABL.

Austin Courtney

Anthony Dao

Full Stack Software Engineer

Anthony brings his wealth of experience from building software at startups and agencies. Previously, he consulted for BCG Digital Ventures to help launch Avail, Allstate’s newest carshare business.

Millie Dethy

Propulsion Engineer

Millie recently developed aircraft design models at Boom Supersonic. Previously, she worked in conceptual design and computational methods at Aurora Flight Sciences, Boeing, and Northrop Grumman.

Matt Falcon

CNC Programmer and Machinist

Matt Falcon

Matt started his career at Northrop Grumman, where he led the prototype micro-machining division. Later, Matt went to Georg Fischer Signet where he and his team developed a manufacturing cell capable of bringing 97% of outsourced machined products in house.

Matt Falcon

Cady Gooding

Systems and Operations Engineer

Cady Gooding

Cady started her career working on fixed-wing aircraft. Most recently, she was at Boeing in aerodynamic performance, in positions spanning commercial flight test to experimental wind tunnel testing.

Cady Gooding

Rudy Guerrero

CNC Programmer and Machinist

Rudy Guerrero

Rudy’s career began at Swift Core Aerospace, advancing quickly to CNC Operator. Picking up experience at PB Fasteners as a Tool and Die Maker, he was soon recruited by Northrup Grumman as a R&D Multi-Axis Programmer and Assembly Technician, where he made significant contributions to the JWST Telescope. Since Northrop, he has led CNC and manufacturing operations at companies such as Hera Technologies and California Machines.

Rudy Guerrero

Kevin Hannigan

Flight Software Engineer

Kevin Hannigan

Kevin most recently worked for SpaceX on the flight software team. He has a broad range of programming experience.

Kevin Hannigan

Jon Harrison

Engine Assembly and Test Lead

Jon Harrison

Jon started his career at Moog Inc. Space and Defense Group where he led a group of Engineers developing and validating high precision Actuators and Mechanisms. At SpaceX, he ran multiple development programs from conception to flight in the propulsion component department.

Jon Harrison

Jeff Hatch

Welder

Jeff Hatch

Jeff has been welding professionally for 15 years. He has produced parts for military and civilian turbojet and turbofan engines. Jeff also served as a member of the propulsion welding team at SpaceX.

Jeff Hatch

Shane Heersink

CNC Machinist

Shane Heersink

Shane was a machine operator at Hyatt Die Cast and Engineering Co, and is a graduate of The Fab School. Earlier, Shane was an Airman in the U.S. Air Force.

Shane Heersink

Andre Hinojosa

Finance Operations Manager

Andre began his career as a researcher in the R&D departments of early stage biotechnology companies. After graduating from UC Irvine with a degree in Biology, he worked for an emerging Medtech company in Santa Monica. During his first two years there, the company doubled in revenue and headcount, and accomplished their first year audit. He most recently worked for Full Stack Finance, an LA-based accounting firm specializing in early stage, VC-backed start-ups across a variety of industries.

Hridu Jain

GNC Engineer

Hridu most recently designed a six-degree of freedom simulation and on-board state machine as part of the GNC/Flight Software team for the PyCubed-1 proof-of-concept CubeSat mission. He previously published research on GNSS spoofing detection at the Stanford GPS Lab.

Stephen Kent

Engineering Operations Manager

Stephen Kent

Stephen most recently managed build and test operations for over a dozen component product lines in the Dragon Commercial Crew Program at SpaceX.

Stephen Kent

Cody Killian

Technician and Rigger

Cody has performed heavy-lift operations & precision rigging for over 15 years.
In 2016 he began his aerospace journey at SpaceX, where he was responsible for all heavy-lift operations across Falcon 9 rocket production. Later he joined the Final Integration team, completing 40 successful launch campaigns, including Falcon Heavy, & NASA crew missions.

Alex Kramer

GNC Engineer

Alex Kramer

Alex recently developed simulations and algorithms for various programs at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. Previously, he held hardware, systems, and avionics roles for Boeing and Honda Aircraft.

Alex Kramer

Ellen Londergan

Manufacturing Engineer

Ellen played a key role in establishing the University of Notre Dame’s first 3D Print Lab. During her time in the Edison Program at GE Power, she worked on the design, development, and qualification of metal additive components for gas turbines.

Ryan Mathieu

Network Architect

Ryan Mathieu

Ryan has worked in the IT and Aerospace industry for the past 15 years, shaping his passion for science and technology. He built network systems for companies such as Sea Launch and Virgin Orbit, before bringing his expertise to ABL.

Ryan Mathieu

Cesar Morales

Propulsion Technician

Cesar has been in the industry for over twenty years starting as a satellite electronics technician at SSL in Palo Alto. Previously he was the lead R&D technician developing rocket engine components for the Falcon 9 and Raptor engine at SpaceX.

Jacob Orloff

Senior GNC Engineer

Jacob designed GNC algorithms for three prototype UAV programs at Boeing Phantom Works. Later, he developed GNC systems for commercial drones at AeroVironment.

Bryce Prior

Systems and Operations Engineer

Bryce Prior

Bryce founded a small launch vehicle startup, advocating to the DoD for tactically responsive small launch. He built and flew the first FAA-certified, autonomous high-altitude balloon launch platform. Previously, he integrated and tested the James Webb Space Telescope propulsion system.

Bryce Prior

Daniel Pullman

Additive Technician

Dan has worked in both plastics and metal 3D printing for more then 28 years. With experience from three prior start ups, he has fabricated everything from toys to super cars.

Will Rexhepi

Technician

Will joined the US Marine Corps in 2004 as a helicopter engine mechanic, building turboshaft engines that would be used all over the world. In 2010 he returned and earned his associates degree in Aeronautics, along with an airframe and power plant certificate. This led him to work for an international aircraft maintenance, repair, and overhaul station at LAX, before joining ABL. Will hopes his work on rockets is an inspiration for his daughter, a reminder for her to always pursue her dreams.

Jeff Robinson

Hardware Development Engineer

Jeff designed the structure of the PyCubed-1 micro-satellite and led the design of a miniature methane/oxygen rocket engine while at Stanford. Most recently, he worked on the SpaceX Raptor engine, developing fluid systems and contributing to various hardware prototyping efforts.

Kirill Safin

Avionics Engineer

Kirill Safin

Kirill designed and implemented over a dozen advanced avionics platforms for High Altitude Balloons at Stanford University. Earlier, he won a World Championship in competitive robotics.

Kirill Safin

Manuel Salgado

Technician

Manny has been in the Aviation and Aerospace industry for 13 years. He started as a CH53-D/E Helo engine technician, and later a Quality Inspector within the Marine Corps. In 2016 he was hired as a Final Integration technician at SpaceX and eventually became a member of the Rocket Refurbishment Program where his work contributed to over 30 rocket builds across multiple teams.

Matt Samolis

Hardware Development Engineer

Matt Samolis

Matt developed aerostructures and conducted system architecture trades as an early member of the Starship team at SpaceX. Before that, he helped build and test the first full-scale hyperloop track, responsible for the airlock structures and mechanisms.

Matt Samolis

Mark Saunders

Avionics Engineer

Mark Saunders

Mark is an embedded engineer with experience in FPGAs and software for aerospace, cybersecurity, and medical applications. He previously worked at SpaceX doing firmware design for a number of projects, including the Falcon engine controller.

Mark Saunders

Mike Spielman

Business Operations Associate

Mike Spielman

Mike began his career as an executive assistant to the operating partner of Keller Williams Silicon Beach and a legal assistant to the firm founder of Carlson & Messer LLP. During his tenure, he was responsible for implementing numerous organizational and account management practices.

Mike Spielman

Sean Standbridge

Systems and Operations Engineer

Sean Standbridge

Sean most recently was a member of the Liquid Propulsion Laboratory at the University of Southern California. He was an integration and test engineer for the Balerion rocket engine development campaign. He also has two publications with AIAA and IAC regarding additively manufactured rocket engines.

Sean Standbridge

Connor Sullivan

Process Controller

Connor Sullivan

Connor recently worked in the marine industry, in both manufacturing and retail operations. There, Connor managed a dealer and customer network spanning all of North America, the Caribbean, and Oceania, as well as parts of Europe.

Connor Sullivan

Oleg Teplyuk

Lead Propulsion Engineer

Oleg built a novel horizontal test stand and tested a 2500lbf liquid rocket engine at Boston University, where he also developed a prototype piston pump. At Analytical Space, he led full life cycle development of systems that have flown on CubeSats.

Jake Treat

Propulsion Technician

Jake started his career at SpaceX on the manufacturing team assembling, testing, and qualifying all high pressure high flow components for the Falcon 9 rocket. Later he was recruited by the R&D team developing the Raptor engine designed to fly to Mars.

I-Hwei Warner

Business Operations Manager

I-Hwei Warner

I-Hwei began his career in the U.S. Army where he led infantry and military intelligence soldiers in global operations. Following his service, I-Hwei joined JPMorgan Chase where he held positions in strategic workforce development, internal consulting, and technology strategy.

I-Hwei Warner

Daniel Waltrip

Senior Full-Stack Software Engineer

Daniel Waltrip

Daniel is a full-stack software engineer who has built products at AltSchool. He is also the sole founder and developer of the strat.city gaming platform. Earlier, he was a quantitative researcher at Acumen.

Daniel Waltrip

Zach Webber

Technician

Zach served in the United States Marine Corps before joining SpaceX in 2016. There he worked as a propulsion technician building the Merlin 1D engine, supporting engine integration and octaweb assembly efforts. After, he focused on the Falcon 9 refurbishment program, working alongside the recovery and launch operations team. His experience spans launch sites from Vandenberg to Cape Canaveral, with over 60 flights under his belt to date.

Patrick Wilczynski

Lead Systems Engineer

Patrick most recently wrote control system software for aircraft engines at Pratt & Whitney. Earlier, he developed hybrid liquid/solid rocket propulsion systems at Yale.

David Wilson

Senior Full-Stack Software Engineer

David Wilson

Dave built both user interfaces and microservices for software products used by over ten thousand schools covering eight million students while working at GoGuardian. Previously, he was the lead backend developer of the Purple Squirrel hiring marketplace.

David Wilson

Zach Wood

Regulatory Operations Engineer

Zach Wood

Zach has performed inspections of commercial space operations to ensure public safety at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Vandenberg Air Force Base, and Pacific Spaceport Complex – Alaska.

Zach Wood

Sam Wormuth

Hardware Development Engineer

Sam Wormuth

Sam most recently designed the composite intertank at Vector Launch. Previously he worked as a mass properties engineer at SpaceX, and was the leader of Cornell’s FSAE team.

Sam Wormuth

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