OUR TEAM

 
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Max HAOT (LinkedIN)
Founder & CEO

Prior to Launcher, Max founded and led Livestream for ten years, until its acquisition by IAC/Vimeo in 2017. Earlier in his career, Max led technology for IMG’s interactive division, including the development of their software platform, which was acquired by Verizon in 2005. Max has over 20 years of experience as an entrepreneur and lifelong passion for space.

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IGOR NIKISHCHENKO (LinkedIN) (BLOG POST)
CHIEF DESIGNER

Igor previously served as Deputy Chief Designer in the Liquid Propulsion Department at Yuzhnoye, the Ukrainian state-owned company that designed the world-leading Zenit launch vehicle. Most recently, Igor worked for Avio, a key contractor for the European Space Agency’s Ariane and Vega launchers. Igor has over 30 years of experience in high-performance liquid rocket engine development.

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Luis Rodriguez (LinkedIN)
3D Printing and Control

Luis is a 3D printing expert who has been internationally awarded with Autodesk, New Lab and Simon's Foundation Science Sandbox Fellowships. With an interdisciplinary background in mechatronics, software development, fabrication, audio/video and food, Luis holds a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering with a thesis on micro and nano fluidics from Zhejiang University.

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ANDRE IVANKOVIC (LINKEDIN)
MECHANICAL ENGINEER

Andre received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from Yale University and was previously an intern at SpaceX and Tesla. He is currently completing his Master’s degree in Aerospace Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology.

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PAUL SCHUMACHER (LINKEDIN)
SOFTWARE ENGINEER

Paul was previously Chief Architect at Livestream, acquired by IAC 2017. Paul co-founded Curve, Launcher’s cloud-based data analysis platform. Paul has a Master’s degree in Computer Science from Munich Technical University.

Viktoria Skachko (LINKEDIN)
SIMULATION ENGINEER

Viktoria is a computational fluid dynamics (CFD) expert with twenty years of experience in Yuzhnoye Design Office. With an interdisciplinary background in heat transfer and strength calculations, Viktoria holds a Master’s degree in Solid State Physics from Dnipro State University in Ukraine.