Vast is led and funded by our Founder & CEO Jed McCaleb. To deliver on our mission, we have assembled a unique team of experienced and talented human spaceflight advisors and engineers. We have the talent, financial resources, and sense of urgency needed to achieve our mission.


JEd McCaleb

Jed is a software engineer, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. He is renowned for founding Vast, Stellar, the Astera Institute, Ripple, and the eDonkey Network.

Max Haot

Max is an aerospace, consumer electronic and internet entrepreneur. He joined Vast with the Launcher acquisition in 2023. Previously Max was Founder & CEO at Launcher.

Krystle Caponio
Chief Legal Officer

Krystle has been an attorney in the new space industry since joining SpaceX in 2011 as their first legal counsel based in their CA headquarters. Prior to Vast, Krystle served as General Counsel at LeoLabs, as well as Terran Orbital.


Hans Koenigsmann

Hans was the Vice President of Mission Assurance for SpaceX, contributing significantly to the company's pioneering efforts in space exploration including human spaceflight.

Will Heltsley

Will is a propulsion expert and was VP of Propulsion at SpaceX at the end of his 12 year tenure at the company.  He had direct contributions to all SpaceX boost engines including Merlin and Raptor, as well as additive manufacturing.

Yang Li

Yang Li is an avionics expert. Now at Apple and previously Waymo. When at SpaceX he was the Avionics lead for the SpaceX Dragon crewed spacecraft.

Caryn Schenewerk

Caryn is an experienced Regulatory & Government Affairs executive with a strong background in Space Law, Policy Analysis & Advocacy, Legal Compliance, Politics, and International Relations.