Karl Hoose is the CEO/CTO of VALT Enterprises, which is developing the VALT launch system to address the fast-growing launch demand and space access requirements of the emerging nanosatellite industry. Beginning with the National Aero-Space Plane Program, Karl has over 30 years of systems engineering experience, with specific expertise in hypersonic air-breathing (i.e. ramjet/scramjet) and rocket propulsion, high performance piston and combined cycle engines, and advanced vehicle systems. His wide-ranging experience spans numerical and computational analysis, prototype design, experimental testing of ramjet and scramjet engines in wind tunnels and shock tunnels, solid rocket motor design and testing, and vehicle flight testing.
Karl was the Founder and President of Applied Thermal Sciences, Inc. an award-winning, Maine-based research and development (R&D) engineering firm that earned a national reputation for developing cutting edge technologies for the Department of Defense and has successfully transitioned technology from concept to commercialization. He has been awarded several patents for his cutting-edge designs, including an innovative internal combustion engine and a variable thrust rocket motor.
Karl is a licensed professional engineer, and received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of Maine. He has and continues to serve on several boards to facilitate the growth of an innovative STEM workforce and robust industrial base, including Maine Space Grant Consortium and the Industry Advisory Board for the Dean of the University of Maine College of Engineering.