– USA, CA – Stable Road Acquisition Corp. (Nasdaq: SRAC, SRACU, SRACW) and Momentus Inc., a commercial space company offering in-space infrastructure services, today announced that Chris Hadfield, David Siminoff, and Vince Deno will join the Board of Directors of the combined company that will result from the previously announced combination of Stable Road, a special purpose acquisition company, and Momentus.
The appointments are contingent upon approval by Stable Road’s stockholders and the expected completion of the pending business combination that would result in Momentus becoming the first publicly listed space infrastructure company.
The other individuals who will comprise the post-combination Board of Directors include Mikhail Kokorich, Founder and CEO of Momentus; Brian Kabot, Chairman and CEO of Stable Road; and Dawn Harms, Chief Revenue Officer of Momentus.
“We are very excited about the prospect of welcoming Chris Hadfield, David Siminoff, and Vince Deno to the Board of Directors,” said Founder and CEO, Mikhail Kokorich. “Chris is among the most knowledgeable and well-known figures in space exploration, a decorated astronaut with a career that spans NASA, the Canadian Space Agency, and the International Space Station. We know he will make an excellent addition to our Board, and we look forward to benefiting from his counsel and support. His enormous technical and practical experience in space robotics, orbital stations, and human operations in space will be great assets as we position Momentus to offer transfer and service vehicles as well as in-orbit logistics nodes and propellant depots.”
Mr. Kokorich continued, “We are also extremely pleased with the opportunity to welcome David Siminoff and Vince Deno to our Board of Directors. David has a distinguished career as an entrepreneur, investor, and board member with numerous high profile technology companies, and we look forward to having his vast experience and industry expertise on our side. Vince is a technology entrepreneur and venture capitalist and has extensive experience in the aerospace and defense industry, including more than a decade at Millennium Space Systems where he held various positions including President, Chief Operating Officer, and Chief Innovation Officer. We view his experience with small satellite or ‘smallsat’ development as highly relevant to Momentus’ mission and we look forward to leveraging his extensive industry knowledge and counsel.”
Mr. Hadfield commented, “I am very pleased to join Momentus – I believe the company will be a leader in enabling both public and private space services in the coming years. Momentus will capitalize on the unprecedented expansion in satellite launches and space activity, enabling new technologies, and building and operating vehicles that will drive demand and provide equitable access to space. With unique water plasma propulsion technology, Momentus is well-positioned to be a first mover in building out the infrastructure required to make humanity a truly spacefaring civilization.”
About Chris Hadfield
Chris Hadfield is a retired astronaut, engineer, and Royal Canadian Air Force pilot, from which he retired as a Colonel. Chris’s military career includes roles as a fighter pilot for North American Aerospace Defense Command and a test pilot with the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy. He has served on three space flights, becoming the first Canadian to walk in space in 2001 and serving as Commander of the International Space Station in 2013. In his career as an astronaut, Mr. Hadfield has served in numerous senior roles related to advanced research and technology development and worked closely with Canadian, U.S., and Russian space agencies. He received a BSc in Mechanical Engineering from the Royal Military College in Kingston, Ontario, and an MSc in Aviation Systems from the University of Tennessee.
About David Siminoff
David E. Siminoff currently runs Thompson Peak Capital, his family office investment vehicle, and sits on several charitable boards, including the AstroPhysics Department at Princeton University, and the Wyoming Wind Coalition. He served as Audit Chair for Coupons.com/Quotient for several years before and then after its successful public offering. For almost a decade, he served as the Chief Creative Officer of Shmoop University Inc., an educational technology website, which he founded in 2008. Mr. Siminoff spent a decade from 1993 to 2003 as an analyst and portfolio manager at Capital Group Companies, making early investments in Yahoo!, AOL, Amazon, eBay, Netflix, and many other formative media companies. He was named Best of the Buyside by Institutional Investor. He later co-founded 4INFO, Inc., a leading mobile search service. From 2003 to 2007, he served as Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Spark Networks SE, the parent company of Spark Networks USA, LLC, known as “JDate”, an online dating company. Mr. Siminoff received both BA and MBA degrees from Stanford University and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts.
About Vince Deno
Vince Deno currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Newton Mobility Inc., an automotive technology company, which he founded, and Founder of International Whiskey, a bespoke consulting firm for the spirit industry, and as a Mentor at Techstars, venture capital, and private equity company. Previously, Mr. Deno joined Millennium Space Systems, Inc. in 2006 before the company’s acquisition by The Boeing Company, and served as a Director of Engineering and in various positions of increasing responsibility, including President, Chief Operating Officer, and Chief Innovation Officer. Mr. Deno is a veteran of the United States Air Force and holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Cincinnati and a graduate degree in Space Studies from the International Space University, Illkirch-Graffenstaden, France, and is an MBA Candidate at the University of California, Berkeley, Haas School of Business.
As a first-mover in building in-space infrastructure services, Momentus is at the forefront of the commercialization of space. With an experienced team of aerospace, propulsion, and robotics engineers, Momentus has developed a cost-effective and energy-efficient in-space transport system based on water plasma propulsion technology. Momentus has in-place service agreements with private satellite companies, government agencies, and research organizations, and its first Vigoride transport and service vehicle launch is scheduled for December 2020.
About Stable Road
Stable Road Acquisition Corp. (Nasdaq: SRAC, SRACW, SRACU) is a special purpose acquisition company formed by SRC-NI Holdings, LLC, an affiliate of Stable Road Capital, to effect a merger, capital stock exchange, asset acquisition, stock purchase, reorganization, or similar business combination.
For more information: https://www.stableroadcapital.com/
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