Space Industry Veteran David Caponio Joins Launcher Leadership Team

David Caponio (Credit: Launcher)

Continues to Strengthen Launcher’s Team with Decades of Experience at SpaceX, Virgin Orbit, U.S. Space Force and More

HAWTHORNE, Calif., July 15, 2021 (Launcher PR) – 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. 


Launcher Unveils Orbiter, Its Universal Orbital Transfer Vehicle and Satellite Platform

Launcher Orbiter in modular CubeSat deployer configuration (90U available), deploying two 3U CubeSats. (Credit: Launcher)

Orbiter is contracted with SpaceX to Fly to Sun-Synchronous Orbit in October 2022

HAWTHORNE, Calif., June 16 2021 (Launcher PR) – Today, Launcher ( announced Orbiter, its universal orbital transfer vehicle and satellite platform designed to be compatible with both Launcher Light and SpaceX Falcon 9 rideshare flights. Orbiter is interoperable with either launch vehicle via a common 24-inch ESPA Grande adapter ring and is contracted to make its inaugural flight to sun-synchronous orbit via SpaceX Falcon 9 rideshare mission in October 2022.


Launcher Raises $11.7 Million in Series A Funding Round

Launcher Light (Credit: Launcher)

Launcher announced earlier this week that it had raised $11.7 in a Series A funding round that was led by Boost.VC and company founder Max Hoat.

The funding, which exceeded the original goal of $7 million, will help the company fund development of its Launcher Light rocket. The booster will be similar in performance to Rocket Lab’s Electron rocket, which is capable of putting 300 kg into low Earth orbit.

Launcher’s longer term goal is to develop Rocket-1, which would be capable of placing 773 kg into a 200 km high orbit or 400 kg into a 500 km high sun synchronous orbit.

Launcher is looking to raise an additional $40 million by the end of the year.

Launcher is based in Hawthorne, Calif., not far from SpaceX headquarters. The company has a small team working in Ukraine working on the E2 rocket motor.

Launcher Adds to its Team with SpaceX & JPL Veterans

A rendering of Launcher’s engine test stand that will be built at NASA’s Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. (Credit: Launcher)

BROOKLYN, NY (Launcher PR) — We are excited to announce that NASA JPL & SpaceX veterans Kevin Watson and Rich Petras have joined Launcher to lead and start our avionics team. Kevin will head the team as Head of Avionics. Rich Petras has joined as Head of Avionics Software as part of Kevin’s team.


Hancock County Welcomes Launcher to Mississippi

A rendering of Launcher’s engine test stand that will be built at NASA’s Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. (Credit: Launcher)

Hancock County, Miss. (Hancock County PR) — Hancock County is forging a relationship with a second startup space company.  Launcher is working to develop the world’s most efficient rocket to deliver small satellites to orbit – and they’re planning to test their engines at Stennis Space Center.  Launcher recently announced an agreement with NASA allowing them to test the full-scale E-2 engine at the Stennis Space Center E complex facility.


Launcher to Test Rocket Engine at NASA Stennis

A rendering of Launcher’s engine test stand that will be built at NASA’s Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. (Credit: Launcher)

NEW YORK (Launcher PR) — We are honored to announce that Launcher has executed a Space Act Agreement with NASA Stennis Space Center for the location of our full-scale test fire facility.

The first campaign is expected this summer as part of Launcher’s U.S. Air Force SBIR Phase II contract to test-fire Launcher E-2, our 22,000-lbf thrust, 3D printed liquid rocket engine.

We are thankful for the opportunity to test our engines at such a capable and historic liquid rocket engine testing center.

Launcher continues to be headquartered in New York City at the Brooklyn Navy Yard and to operate its sub-scale testing facility on Long Island, NY in Calverton, Riverhead.