Deep Space Industries

Who We Are

The Deep Space Industries Mission and Vision

 

Careers

Join the revolution. Deep Space is hiring.

 

News

News, announcements, and the asteroid blog.

 

The Team

A diverse group of business professionals and technical experts.

 

Media Library

Images and animations of our concept spacecraft.

 

Contact Us

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Who We Are

Deep Space Industries is an asteroid mining company, changing the economics of the space industry by providing the technical resources, capabilities and system integration required to prospect for, harvest, process, manufacture and market in-space resources. These resources, found on easily accessible near Earth asteroids,  will provide unlimited energy and supplies for a growing space economy. 

We will produce water, propellant, and building materials to serve growing space markets. From extending the profitability of commercial satellites to providing life support and power to new private-sector orbiting research stations, Deep Space Industries is industrializing the frontier.

Our mission is a daring one. We are journeying to unknown frontiers, and pushing the limits of technology to provide a brighter future for all of mankind. As a bi-product of our bold goals to mine the sky, we have also developed innovative small spacecraft technologies with applications much closer to home. Learn what DSI can build for you.

Careers

Now Hiring

USA Headquarters

Silicon Valley, California

Lead Production and Manufacturing Engineer

Deep Space Industries is seeking an experienced engineer to lead the production and manufacturing of DSI’s commercial products. You will be expected to perform design updates for improved manufacturability; design and specify processes, tools, and production aids to optimize our build flow; and manage the modification, repair, assembly, integration and test of DSI’s commercial products, including using metrics to continuously evaluate and improve our production efficiency. As part of our small, hands-on engineering team, you will also be expected to play a role in all aspects of our work as we continue work on our first Prospector spacecraft, particularly assisting in spacecraft assembly, integration and test, and/or optical-scale alignment.

The ideal candidate will have particular experience:

  • Interfacing directly with customers and suppliers
  • Managing quality control and using quality metrics to improve manufacturing yields
  • Leading troubleshooting of quality issues
  • Leading efforts to review and improve quality and production management
  • Meeting aggressive production schedules
  • Identifying opportunities for improving our engineering practices across the board
  • Ensuring tool and machine maintenance

Preferred Skills and Experience:

  • Engineering and/or management experience in low-volume manufacturing
  • Strong leadership skills
  • Experience tracking, monitoring, and controlling/improving costs
  • Experience applying lean manufacturing principles
  • A technical understanding and practical knowledge of composite manufacturing and additive manufacturing processes or systems integration
  • Ability to clearly and effectively communicate with all levels of organization
  • Excellent attention to detail

Location: San Jose, California

To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, applicant must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State.

European Office

Luxembourg City, EU

Director of Engineering, Europe
DSI is seeking a senior engineer with broad management and systems engineering experience to head its Luxembourg engineering team. This position will report directly to the DSI chief engineer. The first  project is integration, test, launch, and operations of DSI’s first technology demonstration mission, Prospector-X. Duties will include development of facilities; hiring of engineering staff; working with the Chief Engineer to define engineering product and quality assurance approaches; and leading the development of the Prospector program in Luxembourg. Role also requires assisting the Chief Engineer and VP Business Development with securing new commercial opportunities, including shaping overall technology development strategy. Successful candidates will have a minimum of 10 years experience leading small teams in the end-to-end execution of cost- and schedule-constrained small satellite programs, will have exceptional references, and a demonstrated track record of success in different environments and processes. Location: Luxembourg City, Luxembourg.
Director of Business Development, Europe
DSI is seeking a senior director of business development to cultivate new opportunities in Europe and grow DSI’s European office. This position will report directly to the executive, with the priority to acquire customers for DSI missions and technologies in furtherance of its strategic goals, identify new sales leads, pitching products and services at conferences, and maintaining strong relationships with existing customers. Travel up to 50% of the time. Strong technical background essential. Successful candidates will have 5+ years of experience in business development and/or customer-facing engineering work in the satellite industry with a demonstrated track record of success. Location: Luxembourg City, Luxembourg.

Submission Instructions: 

  • All submissions should be emailed to Careers@DeepSpaceIndustries.com.
  • You may include only ONE (1) attachment; your resume only.
  • Your attached resume should be in PDF format and should include all pertinent contact information.
  • Please indicate, within the text of your email, which position and location you are applying for.
  • Within the text of your email, answer the following 3 questions.
    1.  Are you the best in the world at what you do? Explain.
    2.  How can you help DSI meet its business goals?
    3.  What gets you out of bed in the morning?

Internships:
Deep Space Industries does not currently have an internship program. If you are a college or graduate school student, please sign up for our newsletter to stay updated on our forthcoming internship program.

Equal Opportunity:
Deep Space Industries provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or genetics. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.

Export Control:
For jobs in the United States only (does not apply to jobs in Europe):  to conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, applicant must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State.

News

Announcements

Doug Jones joins Deep Space Industries

Deep Space Industries is pleased to announce that Doug Jones, formerly chief test engineer at XCOR, is joining the company’s growing team as director of propulsion systems. “We see Doug as one of the top rocket engineers in the country, and a great addition to our first-class team of small-spacecraft engineers,” said Bill Miller, the chief executive officer of Deep Space Industries. Read More…

Deep Space Industries Secures NASA Aerobrake Funding

The NIAC grant will research the manufacturing of an aerobrake system from the asteroid’s regolith (soil) collected from mining operations. The aerobrake system would act as a large heat shield that would allow the spacecraft to pass through Earth’s atmosphere, creating enough drag to slow down the payload without using propellant. Read More…

Asteroid Blog

Asteroid Profile: 2017 BS5

An asteroid the size of a football field is headed straight towards us. And it will be here within days. But not to worry because 2017 BS5 will pass by Earth at a safe yet cosmically-snug gap of just 3.15 lunar distances (roughly 756,000 miles). Discovered this February, 2017 BS5 is one of five near-Earth asteroids with close approaches the folks at NASA and the Jet Propulsion Lab have their eye on. Read More…

Deep Space Industries Secures NASA Aerobrake Funding

The NIAC grant will research the manufacturing of an aerobrake system from the asteroid’s regolith (soil) collected from mining operations. The aerobrake system would act as a large heat shield that would allow the spacecraft to pass through Earth’s atmosphere, creating enough drag to slow down the payload without using propellant. Read More…

Asteroid Profile: 101955 Bennu

It’s called Bennu. And scientists have been waiting for a long time to get their hands on it. Scheduled for a September 8 launch, NASA is set to embark on the first asteroid sample return mission in its history. Their deep space explorer, OSIRIS-REx, is the third spacecraft in NASA’s New Frontiers Program. The other two include the wildly successful New Horizons mission to Pluto last year, and spacecraft Juno’s historic long-term orbit of Jupiter which began in August. Read More…

Meet the Team

Team Leaders

Bill Miller

Bill Miller

Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Mr. William “Bill” D. Miller is both an accomplished business executive and strategist, with an impressive history of success spearheading all aspects of the development, operation, and optimization of cutting-edge organizations. Through his experiences, he adds value by truly understanding technology and determining ways to make money from it, via his enthusiastic energy, collaborative approach, and long-term vision and strategy development. Also most recently, Bill has been researching and investing private equity in leading-edge New Space startups with sustainable business models and is a general partner of the  Space Angels Network, which is the largest angel fund in the space industry.

Grant Bonin

Grant Bonin

Chief Technology Officer (CTO)

Grant Bonin is an aerospace management and engineering professional specializing in spacecraft systems engineering, project management, and business development. His broad industry and academic experience spans end-to-end spacecraft development, manned and unmanned space mission analysis and design, orbital mechanics research, and nuclear systems engineering. His accomplishments include 11 different spacecraft operating successfully in orbit, with several more in development. Most recently, he served as manager and lead engineer of the highly successful CanX-4&5 mission, which demonstrated sub-meter autonomous formation flight on orbit. His overall professional goal is to further the human development of space.

Sagi Kfir

Sagi Kfir

General Counsel

Sagi is a corporate and commercial transactions attorney specializing in the aerospace sector.  Starting his legal career in Florida representing Fortune 500 aviation companies in product liability and insurance defense, Sagi moved on to serve as general counsel of an aviation company in California for eleven years.  Focusing his legal practice in the commercial space sector, Sagi facilitated the corporate establishment of Deep Space Industries.  Sagi is also involved with non-profit space organizations such as the Earthlight Institute and the National Space Society, and is a member of the International Institute of Space Law.

Peter Stibrany

Peter Stibrany

Chief Strategist

Peter is a strategist and innovator in the microsatellite industry. His background spans technical, management, and strategic level positions at some of the world’s most innovative space technology companies. Peter has worked at ‘small space’ companies like Dynacon and ‘large space’ companies like MDA. He was a system engineer on Radarsat, MSAT and components of the International Space Station.  He also led various studies of novel orbital and spacecraft architectures for space based radar, earth observation and space-to-space surveillance.

Dr. John Lewis

Dr. John Lewis

Chief Scientist

Dr. John S. Lewis is one of the foremost asteroid experts in the world. He is Professor Emeritus at the University of Arizona’s Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, prior to which he taught space science and cosmo-chemistry at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He is the author of several seminal works about asteroids including Asteroid Mining 101 as well as Rain of Iron and Ice, and its companion, Mining The Sky: Untold Riches from the Asteroids, Comets, and Planets.

Doug Jones

Doug Jones

Director, Propulsion Systems

Mr. Jones has designed, built and tested over a dozen different rocket designs for a wide range of customers, including two manned vehicles. Doug has decades of aerospace engineering experience ranging from liquid rocket engine design to vehicle system optimization, and has flown aboard a rocket aircraft multiple times while serving as flight test engineer during the development of the XCOR X-Racer.

Nathan Orr

Nathan Orr

Chief Engineer

Nathan Orr is an Aerospace Engineer who specializes in systems engineering, spacecraft avionics design and project management. He has a decade of hands-on space industry experience building small satellites and developing spacecraft hardware including power systems, propulsion and payloads. Nathan has made significant contributions to 18 satellite missions, with 12 currently operating successfully on-orbit. Nathan holds an Electrical Engineering degree from the University of Alberta and a Master of Applied Science degree in Aerospace from the University of Toronto. In his spare time, Nathan is an avid amateur astronomer and cyclist.

Scott Armitage

Scott Armitage

Director of Space Systems

Scott Armitage is an aerospace engineer specializing in spacecraft systems engineering and subsystems design. His industry and academic experience includes end-to-end spacecraft development, the design, assembly, and test of small spacecraft propulsion systems, embedded systems design, and software architecture design. Scott was the lead systems engineer for the highly successful CanX-4&5 nanosatellite mission which demonstrated sub-meter autonomous formation flight on orbit. In aggregate, he has contributed to eight different spacecraft operating successfully on orbit and several others currently in development or awaiting launch.

Board of Directors

Rick Tuminson

Rick Tuminson

Chairman

Space News named Rick one of the 100 most influential people in the space field and is considered one of the people who helped create the current commercial space industry. He led the team that took over the Mir Space Station as the world’s first commercial space facility, signed up financier Dennis Tito to become the first citizen explorer to stay on the International Space Station and was a Founding Trustee of the X Prize. He co-founded the Space Frontier Foundation and founded the Texas Space Alliance, the EarthLight Institute and Orbital Outfitters – provider of commercial space suits to the new industry of suborbital space travel. He has testified on space policy issues twice for the US Senate, four times in the US House of Representatives and assisted NASA in the creation of its plan to return to the Moon and the formation of the Lunar Exploration Analysis Group. He is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post and Space News.

Petr Johanes

Petr Johanes

Board Director

Petr Johanes is originally from the Czech Republic, although now he spends most of his time at Stanford in Silicon Valley. Petr has experienced innovation from the perspective of a nanotechnology startup engineer at Elmarco, infrastructure and investment data analyst at the World Bank, top-tier venture capital fund associate at Khosla Ventures, and laboratory researcher in the Stanford Cui Research Group. Most recently, Petr has found a clear outlet for his passion for education, teaming up with professors to start as well as revamp courses in the Stanford School of Engineering. The courses vary from engineering thermodynamics and energy conversion technology to design thinking and entrepreneurship. Right now, Petr is switching gears from his career in Materials Science and Engineering to Learning, Design, and Technology at the Stanford Graduate School of Education. When not working on his projects, Petr relaxes by watching movies, drawing, writing, and, most of all, just spending time in nature..

Mark Sonter

Mark Sonter

Board Director

Mark directs the Deep Space group developing the technologies and operational concepts needed to harvest commercial quantities of asteroid resources. He is an independent scientific consultant in the Australian mining and metallurgical industries, with specific major expertise in radiation management in uranium, mineral sands, and (over the last 5 years) rare earths exploration, mining, and processing.  His background in asteroid exploitation began as a visiting scholar at the University of Arizona Lunar and Planetary Laboratory where he examined the technical and economic feasibility of mining near-Earth asteroids.  Then the Foundation for International Non-Governmental Development of Space (FINDS) funded Mark to extend this research, and to prepare and test cometary crust simulant material.  Resulting papers were accepted and presented at several scientific forums.

Deep Space Industries Advisors

Dr. David Alexander Professor of Physics and Astronomy, Director – Rice Space Institute
Gavin Beer Metallurgical Consultant, Principal, Met-Chem Consulting Pty Ltd./Australia
Howard Bloom Author, Founder – Space Development Steering Committee
Rick Citron Co-Founder, SpaceHab, Partner, Citron and Deutsch Law Firm
Dr. Jose-Luis Galache Acting Deputy Director, IAU Minor Planet Center
Chris George Mineral Processing and Chemical Engineering Consultant/Australia
Alan Hale Astronomer and Co-discoverer of comet Hale-Bopp
Dr. David Hyland Director, Space Science and Space Engineering Research/Texas A&M University
Chris Stott Chairman Emeritus at Society of Satellite Professionals International

Dr. Stephen Mackwell Director, Lunar Planetary Institute – USRA
Geoff Notkin Writer/Host of “Meteorite Men” on the Science Channel
Marc Rayman Chief engineer and mission director for NASA’s only mission to the asteroid belt
Dr. Ivan Rosenberg Co-founder & Executive Director at The Aerospace & Defense Forum
Marco Tantardini Space engineer, Collaborator – Keck Institute for Space Studies
Madhu Thangavelu Professor, University of Southern California/Viterbi School of Engineering
Charles Walker First commercial astronaut/space shuttle payload specialist
Dr. Feng Hsu Former Lead Engineer, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Sam Spencer Process Consultant, Etiam Engineering

Media Library

Concept Art & Imagery

A gallery of DSI mission and spacecraft concept art and imagery. All rights reserved. All images are property of Deep Space Industries/ Bryan Versteeg. To request permission to use these images, please send an email to: Media@DeepSpaceIndustries.com.

Videos & Animations

A gallery of DSI mission and spacecraft videos and animations. All rights reserved. All images are property of Deep Space Industries/ Bryan Versteeg. To request permission to use these images, please send an email to: Media@DeepSpaceIndustries.com.

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Deep Space Industries Primary Offices

Corporate Headquarters, Silicon Valley, CA

Corporate Headquarters of Deep Space Industries located in the NASA Ames Research Park.

European Headquarters, Luxembourg

Luxembourg Office of Deep Space Industries

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