Management Shake up at Masten Space Systems as CEO, Long-time Manager Depart

Landing on the moon with and without the in-Flight Alumina Spray Technique system. (Credit: Masten Space Systems)

by Douglas Messier
Managing Editor

MOJAVE, Calif. — Masten Space Systems has undergone a management shakeup with the recent departures of its long-time CEO and director of technical operations.

CEO Sean Mahoney, who joined Masten as director of strategy in December 2010, departed as CEO earlier this month. He announced his departure in a long post on his Linkedin page.

“I’ve often said that I’ve earned several merit badges I never wanted. I’ve also earned many I didn’t know existed, as well as some that are more valuable than I could have imagined. Having handed the conn to others, I now have the good fortune to dig into the treasure trove of experience the last 11 years provided,” he wrote.

“Relieved of the mantle of leadership, I now set to alchemize my experience into new form that can equip and power fellow innovation practitioners, as well as the wide breath of individuals who benefit from those innovation activities. (Translation: documenting and sharing lessons learned.),” he added.

Reuben Garcia left in March after nearly 12 years with the company. His most recent roles were as director of technical operations/manager of landing systems.

Masten flies small reusable rockets that are used to test landing and guidance technologies for vehicles landing on other worlds.

In April 2020, NASA awarded Masten a $75.9 million contract to deliver nine science and technology instruments to the south pole of the moon with the XL-1 lander and operate them for at least 12 days. The space agency made the award under its Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS} program.

Masten was recently sued by Agile Space over an alleged payment of $2.51 million that was owned for the production of spacecraft thrusters. A Masten spokeswoman said the suit had been settled.

“Masten and Agile have reached an amicable resolution that is satisfactory to both parties.  To clarify, this matter is not related to Masten Mission 1, which is scheduled to launch in late 2023,” the spokesperson said.