Voyager Space Holdings completes acquisition of The Launch Company
(2 April 2021 - Voyager Space Holdings) Voyager Space Holdings today announced it has completed the acquisition of The Launch Company, a leader in developing the systems, hardware, and processes to accelerate NewSpace companies to orbit.
"Even since we announced our intent to acquire The Launch Company late last year, we've seen the demand for launches increase dramatically and we are confident that this trend is going to continue," said Matthew Kuta, president and COO of Voyager Space Holdings. "The Launch Company is perfectly positioned to support this tidal wave of launch needs and we are thrilled that we can now support the exciting work that they are doing to help next-generation space companies gain access to orbit faster, cheaper, and more reliably."
Currently, there are over 100 rocket companies working towards launch in the U.S. and around the world. The Launch Company was established to help NewSpace commercial clients, as well as DOD and USAF assets, get to space faster and more affordably by streamlining the launch process, in part through automation. The company is actively working to create the "Third Wave of Space," which is the world's first multi-user, mobile launch site designed to service the widest range of launch vehicles.
"Voyager is the perfect partner for us because they really understand our unique capabilities and the vision we have for The Launch Company," said Ben Kellie, CEO and founder of The Launch Company. "Because of Voyager's integrated model and their connections in the industry, we will be able to stay laser-focused on meeting our milestones and reaching our ultimate goal, which is to build standardized launch hardware to meet the demand of a rapidly growing industry."
Voyager's acquisition of The Launch Company adds to the growing list of disruptive capabilities in becoming the leading NewSpace exploration platform by increasing vertical integration and mission capability to enable humanity's most ambitious projects. To date, Voyager has acquired Altius Space Machines, Pioneer Astronautics, The Launch Company and announced its intent to acquire the majority stake of XO Markets and its largest subsidiary Nanoracks.
About Voyager Space Holdings
Voyager Space Holdings, Inc. is a global leader in space exploration. Voyager's long-term mission is to create a vertically integrated publicly traded NewSpace company capable of delivering any mission humans can conceive. The firm's first in industry model is uniquely tailored to support the growth needs of commercial space companies by offering an alternative solution to traditional private capital models and replaces them with a longer-term approach as a provider of permanent capital. Voyager is led by founders and space industry veterans Dylan Taylor and Matthew Kuta, with a Board of Directors that includes National Security Expert and four-star Air Force General William Shelton, leading investor Gabe Finke, world-leading planetary Scientist, Dr. Alan Stern, noted public company director and former undersecretary of technology Dr. Cheryl Shavers, experienced technology executive, board director, and financial leader, Marian Joh, and former undersecretary of defense for acquisition and sustainment, Ellen Lord.
About The Launch Company
The Launch Company, LLC is a leader in developing the systems, hardware, and processes to accelerate NewSpace companies to orbit. Their mission is to develop the world's first multi-user launch site to service the dozens of new rockets under development around the world. They are building to that goal by delivering designs, flight-critical hardware, and ground support equipment to leading rocket companies around the U.S. By focusing on automation and servicing as many vehicle configurations as possible, they help make the business case for affordable, resilient access to space that makes launching rockets as routine as commercial air travel. The Launch Company's Alaska-based team is led by founder Ben Kellie and comprises NewSpace veterans with dozens of combined launch and landing experiences on land, in air, and at sea. They are focused on building a diverse, forward-thinking company that tackles the biggest challenges in aerospace.