DIYRockets is a global space company helping humanity establish a civilization in space by building an open space frontier. 

Our mission is to lower the cost of space exploration as much as possible by generating extremely low-cost knowledge and technology through open sourcing and crowdsourcing. We believe in harnessing the talent and resources of all to build a democratized space industry.

We hope that you will join us!​

Our Team

Darlene Damm, Founder and CEO

Darlene Damm has over ten years of experience building environments that unlock the entrepreneurial power of individuals and communities to bring about profound innovation. She is a Faculty member at Singularity University at NASA Ames, leads Ashoka's relations in the Silicon Valley and holds degrees from Stanford University and Johns Hopkins University. She has worked and lived in Japan, Indonesia, Vietnam and Myanmar and holds one patent. 

Diego Favarolo, Founding Advisor

 Diego has over ten years of experience in entrepreneurship, building online industries and applying technology to benefit humanity. He founded the largest job search engine in Latin America when he was 18 years old helping millions of people to find jobs in Latin America. He sold the company to Telefonica de Espana in 2005.  At the age of 24 he founded Nautor Pharma, a technology company that develops new solutions for disinfection and water purification with offices in six countries. Diego studied Economics at the Catholic University of Buenos Aires and at Singularity University in the Silicon Valley. The IPADE (Mexico) published a case study about Diego in the field of innovation.​

Tim Pickens, Advisor

Tim Pickens is an inventor, entrepreneur, innovator, engineer and educator. His business, Pickens Innovations, specializes in commercial space, technical product development and solutions, and business consulting. He most recently served as Commercial Space Advisor and Chief Propulsion Engineer for Huntsville, Alabama-based Dynetics and is currently providing services to technology companies such as Dynetics. Tim founded Orion Propulsion, a Huntsville aerospace company, in 2004 and sold it to Dynetics in 2009 after growing it to a 40-employee, $6.4 million business. Within five years, Orion had received multiple Small Business awards and become AS9100 certified to build man-rated flight hardware. Before founding Orion, Tim worked for small hardware-rich aerospace companies in Huntsville, as well as serving as lead propulsion engineer for Scaled Composites on SpaceShipOne, winner of the $10 million Ansari X Prize. Tim’s hobbies include building things - like rocket-powered vehicles - in his Man Cave.  He led multiple amateur rocket design efforts in his garage for community service and recreational clubs and worked as an independent aerospace consultant at night and on weekends. He had a long-time interest in studying applied engineering and science, but the desire to own and operate a space company would drive him to graduate with a bachelor’s degree in business administration.

A special thank you to Sean Casey, Lilia Tamm, William Colburn, Robin Bose, Reyes Barboza, Kritika Yegnashankaran, Sushmita Ghosh, Chris Damm, Casey Barker, Homer Hickam, Karen Bhatia, Sara Lee Schupf, Bob Feretich, Karen Stafford, Terrence Hsiung.