INNOVATION IN SPACE
WHAT WE DO
Argo Navis Aerospace develop innovative chemical propulsion systems for the space industry.
We focus on achieving an unmatched combination of performance, scalability, reliability and cost.
Argo Navis Aerospace is proudly backed by WNT Ventures and Callaghan Innovation.
Chemical Propulsion Systems
Guidance, Navigation & Control
Embedded Systems / Software
Modelling & Simulation
OUR LEADERSHIP TEAM
DR. MALCOLM SNOWDON
CTO & Co-Founder
Malcolm worked in the biomedical industry while completing a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Canterbury. His experimental work in rocketry led to a PhD in rocket flight dynamics in the Electrical Engineering Department at UC.
From 2013-2019 Malcolm worked as a Guidance, Navigation & Control Engineer at Rocket Lab, developing the Electron orbital launch vehicle navigation system. Outside the aerospace industry, Malcolm sails an R-Class skiff, develops hydrofoils and flight control systems, and experiments with precision target shooting.
Malcolm brings a wide range of skills to the team including mechanical design, physics, chemistry and ground-up system development.
DR. AVINASH RAO
CEO & Co-Founder
Avinash teamed up with Malcolm while completing a Bachelor’s degree in Mechatronics, and was key to starting the rocketry research programme at the University of Canterbury.
Avinash led the development of the guidance, navigation & control systems for Rocket Lab’s Electron launch vehicle before taking up the role of Director of Mission Delivery until mid-2019. He has now moved into full-time work at Argo Navis Aerospace.
Avinash completed his PhD in rocket attitude control in 2014 and is an expert in dynamic systems modelling, embedded software, programming and project management.
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