Launcher, headquartered in Hawthorne, California, USA, has appointed SpaceX alumnus Tim Berry as Head of Manufacturing. In this role, Berry will oversee the creation of the company’s integration cleanroom, supporting assembly line, and team to ready the Orbiter spacecraft for flight on SpaceX Rideshare later this year.
In parallel, Berry and his team will aim to advance Launcher’s ongoing E-2 liquid rocket engine and Launcher Light vehicle rapid prototyping, production, and integration for the first flight in 2024.
“I am excited and humbled by the opportunity to join Launcher and support its dedicated team and ambitious goals,” stated Tim Berry. “Launcher represents a unique opportunity to leverage my experience to build a high-volume advanced manufacturing operation.”
Berry’s experience merges rapid, low-cost aerospace production with high-volume metal Additive Manufacturing and launch vehicle and crew-rated spacecraft integration during his over eight-year career at SpaceX in his roles of Manager of AM, Dragon Crew and Cargo Integration Supervisor and Falcon 9 Stage 2 Lead.
Max Haot, founder and CEO at Launcher, commented, “We couldn’t be more excited to have Tim join our team in this role. He brings a combination of the ideal experience and background to have a rapid impact on our growth. His timing is impeccable as we transition from building the basics of our factory to transitioning into an organisation that can build reliable low-cost orbital spacecraft at high volume.”