We are building
expansion into space.
Since our founding in 2019, our mission has been clear: to
enable affordable, available satellite servicing. We believe
humans are meant to expand throughout the universe;
our novel technology will help us autonomously build the
future off-world economy.
We are an
At Starfish Space, our story is rewritten every day by a team of some of the most talented humans on the planet, though our passion lies decidedly off-planet.
We test early and often and are committed to building a presence in space that is affordable and available. This vision started with founders Austin Link and Trevor Bennett, but is carried forward by every person that makes up the Starfish Space team.
Meet our team members
Austin LinkCo-founder Aerospace Engineering, Purdue Physics, Stanford
Trevor BennettCo-founder Aerospace Engineering, University of Colorado Boulder
Alex CoultrupBusiness Development Human Factors and Space Policy, Florida Institute of Technology
Alex GonringFlight Algorithms Aerospace Engineering, Purdue
Alex HerbetsBusiness Development Electrical Engineering / MBA, Georgia Tech / Chicago Booth
Alex SobelFlight Algorithms Applied Mathematics, University of Washington
Amelia DumovicFlight Algorithms Electrical Engineering, University of Washington
Andy WilcoxFlight Algorithms Aerospace Engineering, Purdue
Annika SalmiFlight Algorithms Astronomy and Physics, Yale
Ari JusterBusiness Operations Economics, Northwestern
Augie CollinsSatellite Systems Mechanical Engineering, University of Washington
Brendan HaganFlight Algorithms Aerospace Engineering, Purdue
Cappie PomeroySpace Robotics Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Christoph FrauzemSpace Robotics Aerospace Engineering, RWTH Aachen University
Collin PernuSpace Robotics Electrical Engineering, University of Washington
Derek GuoSatellite Systems Electrical and Electronics Engineering, University of Michigan
Eiji ShibataSatellite Systems Aerospace Engineering, Purdue
Ian HeidenbergerSpace Robotics Aerospace Engineering, University of Southern California
Islam NazmyFlight Algorithms Aerospace Engineering, Purdue
Jeff LiuProject Execution Information and Computer Science, University of California, Irvine
Jen ThompsonMarketing and Business Operations Journalism, University of Oregon
Jesse AdamsSatellite Systems Aerospace Engineering, Purdue
Johana ChirinosFlight Algorithms Physics, Centro Brasileiro de Pesquisas Físicas
Jonathan KnellerProject Execution Technology and International Affairs, George Washington University
Kit KennedyFlight Algorithms Aerospace Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Kush ShahFlight Algorithms Aerospace Engineering, University of Texas at Austin
Lee MorrisSatellite Systems Aerospace Engineering, Embry-Riddle
Liam MaloneySpace Robotics Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan
Margot RuthardtFlight Algorithms Computer Engineering, Penn State University
Michael HlasProject Execution Computer Science, University of North Dakota
Michael MadridBusiness Development Aerospace Engineering, Naval Academy
Mino NakuraFlight Algorithms Computer Science, University of Washington
Nicolas ChuFlight Algorithms Aerospace Engineering, University of Washington
Patrick HandleyFlight Algorithms Aerospace Engineering, University of California, Davis
Patrick Zhang-VaughnFlight Algorithms Computer Science, University of Maryland
Rachel HarrisSpace Robotics Mechanical Engineering, University of Tennessee
Ryan HendersonSatellite Systems Aerospace Engineering, Purdue
Sam SharmaSatellite Systems Space Engineering, University of Michigan
Sean BurcheskySpace Robotics Physics, Harvard
Tiffany LeProject Execution Aerospace Engineering / MBA, Purdue / Indiana
Tucker WardBusiness Operations Computer Science / MBA, Stanford / Harvard
Zach SabinFlight Algorithms Computer Science, Johns Hopkins
What’s in a name?
Why ‘Starfish’? Starfish are known as a “keystone species”, meaning they are vital to their habitat, and hold together the complex web of relationships in an ecosystem. Austin and Trevor believe Starfish Space has a similar mission: to maintain and uplift the ecosystem of space, supporting its growth, health, and long-term viability for human expansion.
We are proud to be venture-backed and supported by prominent organizations in the space and startup ecosystems.