SAN FRANCISCO – Fred Kennedy, former Space Development Agency director, is the new president of Momentus, a Silicon Valley company preparing to transport satellites in orbit.
“What’s interesting about Momentus’ proposition is the use of a straightforward propellant like water (which simplifies a lot of the logistics associated with moving things around on-orbit) and trying to find the sweet spot between efficiency (or specific impulse) and thrust-to-weight (which drives transfer times),” Kennedy told SpaceNews by email. “The team has thought a lot about how to balance these two parameters to come up with a very efficient approach that will get payloads to their destinations in reasonable times. It’s a great way to start building out a transportation architecture that will eventually span the space between the Earth and moon. (And eventually beyond.)”
Before joining Momentus, Kennedy was the vice president for future missions at small launch vehicle developer Astra.
Kennedy resigned from Astra on Sept. 11. Coincidentally, it was the same day the startup launched its Rocket 3.1 vehicle from Pacific Spaceport Complex Alaska on Kodiak Island. The flight ended during the first-stage burn.
Momentus, a company founded in Santa Clara, California, in 2017, has signed up dozens of customers ...