Darcton Damião Joins Vaya Space as Vice President of Latin American Operations

Vaya Space Reveals Executive Leader to Head Brazilian Subsidiary

Darcton Damião — Vaya Space Vice President of Latin American Operations

Small satellite launch services provider Vaya Space announced today that Darcton Damião has joined its executive team as Vice President of Latin American Operations. In this role, Damião will lead Vaya Space's newly created Brazilian subsidiary.

Most recently, Damião was Undersecretary to the Brazilian Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MCTI), and previously served as Director of the Brazilian National Institute of Space Research (INPE), reporting to MCTI Minister and former astronaut Marcos Pontes.

Prior to Brazilian government service, Damião also held several corporate executive positions in private industry, notably as Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for Vale Energy Solutions, and with Brazilian steel leader USIMINAS.

A former career air force officer and fighter pilot, Damião holds a Doctorate degree in Sustainable Development from the University of Brasília, MBA degree in Entrepreneurial Management from the Aeronautics Technological Institute (ITA), M.Sc. degree in Remote Sensing from INPE, and BSc degree from the Brazilian Air Force Academy. His executive education includes specialization courses at the Wharton School of Business — University of Pennsylvania, Sloan School of Management — Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the University of Michigan.

Rob Fabian, Vaya Space President, said, "I am very pleased to welcome Darcton to our team and look forward to working closely with him as we expand into Latin America. Darcton brings an unrivaled depth of knowledge on regional and global space operations, with extensive technical leadership experience. His passion and expertise will enable our Brazilian subsidiary to successfully enter this new market and assume a leadership position within the space ecosystem."  

Darcton Damião said, "I am eager to begin operations and assist Vaya Space in their efforts to apply disruptive technologies, such as 3D printing hybrid rocket fuel grains from recycled thermoplastics. I am also excited by this opportunity to provide eco-friendly, safe, affordable, and sustainable access to space that will directly benefit the people of Brazil and Latin America."

About Vaya Space: Vaya Space is a hybrid rocket propulsion and SmallSat launch company leveraging advances in additive manufacturing to redefine the cost, performance, environmental impact, and safety of space access. With a build, integrate, and launch-ready cycle of less than 30 days, Vaya Space is capable of launching payloads greater than 1,000 kg into Low Earth Orbit (LEO), and payloads greater than 600 kg into Sun Synchronous Orbit (SSO). Positioned to serve the global market, Vaya Space is now accepting launch reservations for 2023. vayaspace.com

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Source: Vaya Space

About Vaya Space

Vaya Space is a privately owned, vortex-hybrid rocket company based on the Space Coast of Florida with subsidiary operations in Brazil. Vaya Space has developed breakthrough and patented technologies that transform access to space. Vaya was created in 2017 by Sid Gutierrez, former Space Shuttle Commander and NASA's first U.S.-born Hispanic astronaut. Launch Command's final words to Sid at liftoff were "Vaya con Dios" vs. its traditional "Godspeed," and shortly after this inspiration, Vaya was born.

Vaya is a purpose-driven, sustainability focused, and environmentally conscious enterprise dedicated to making a difference for humankind. Vaya Space competes within the small satellite launch sector of the space industry, a market estimated to grow to $1 trillion over the next decade. Vaya's unique vortex-hybrid rocket utilizes the equivalent of two million recycled water bottles per launch and overcomes the costs and other issues associated with traditional liquid or solid rockets to transform the safety, affordability, and sustainability of the industry.

Vaya Space
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