Momentus has been moving at hyperspeed to reach our goals for affordable in-space transportation. In July, we announced our $25.5MM Series A, led by Prime Movers Lab. After which, we were honored by NASA with an iTech Award for innovative ideas assessed by NASA with the greatest technical viability and likely impact to advance space exploration and potential commercialization.

Before we could catch out collective breath, it was August and time for Smallsat Utah, the trade conference for small satellites where we announced our upcoming working relationship with NanoRacks

Now heading into September, the team has grown from 14 to 30 persons in the last 3 months (don’t worry, we are still hiring!) and the office/lab has grown from 4000 sq.ft to 10,000 sq.ft. Plenty of room for vacuum chambers and other cool space gear!

Fresh Faces

We want to welcome all our new hires, and spotlight two: Nathan Orr our new Chief Engineer, and Jason Hummelt, our new VP of Innovation.

Nathan brings over a decade of experience designing, managing and operating highly capable small spacecraft missions. An experienced electrical and system engineer, he has played lead roles in the development of several spacecraft power systems, payloads and propulsion systems. Most recently, Nathan was the Chief Engineer at Deep Space Industries (now Bradford Space) where he oversaw the development of a spacecraft platform designed for deep space missions to asteroids and oversaw the full flight qualification of a novel water propulsion system. Prior to DSI, Nathan worked at the Space Flight Laboratory where he contributed to the development of 18 spacecraft missions.  Nathan holds a Masters degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Toronto.

Jason has a technical background in the areas of high power microwave devices and plasma physics, disciplines which are at the core of Momentus’ new and impactful technology. As both a scientist and a technical lead Jason’s prior accomplishments include building the first beam powered microwave generator using a metamaterial while at MIT, developing new plasma based chemical synthesis processes at Transform Materials, and building new types of microwave powered extraction devices at his own startup, Bromeliad. Jason holds a Ph.D. from MIT in Nuclear Science and Engineering, and both an M.S. in Engineering Physics and B.S. in Physics and Nuclear Engineering from the University of Wisconsin Madison.