SpaceRyde is the first company to offer affordable taxi rides for satellites and cargo to space. Our disruptive balloon/rocket launch technology allows on-demand launch from any place around the world. We customize missions for each customer without the need to ride share with others, and we do that at an unbeatable price. The space economy is projected to be in the trillions in the near future, and SpaceRyde’s affordable taxi will enable this massive growth.


Our team dares to innovate where others have failed. We are creating an entire new way to access space, at a speed never seen in the space industry. We don’t just build innovative technology, we are starting a new industry in Canada after 21 years. We are tenacious and futuristic, developing a solution for today’s needs and getting ready to address tomorrow’s challenges.

Team picture with Silverthrone- Oct. 30



Sohrab Haghighat

CEO, Founder

Sohrab is the visionary leader of SpaceRyde. He has a PhD in Aerospace Engineering from University of Toronto, and was one of the first engineers developing Cruise Automation’s autonomous driving technology in San Francisco. Before Cruise, Sohrab was developing cutting edge technologies at Safran Landing Systems, Mitsubishi Electric Research Lab, and Cymer. In 2017, Sohrab left his job leading Controls and Planning teams at Cruise to move back to Canada and start the space launch industry in his home country. Sohrab has been an innovator for over 10 years, and published 12 patents before SpaceRyde. His entrepreneurial journey started in his youth when he developed a digital calendar in 1996 before Google existed. His first profitable business was running a tea stand at the university during his undergraduate studies where he served beverages and snacks on his breaks between classes. Sohrab is living his dream everyday, opening access to space, and bringing Canada to the forefront of the space launch industry.

Saharnaz Safari

COO, Founder

Saharnaz runs SpaceRyde’s operations and is known as the enabler. She has an eye for detecting inefficiencies, and comes up with unconventional and creative ways to reduce them. She has an MBA from UC Berkeley Haas School of Business, and an MSc in Analytical Chemistry from University of Waterloo. Saharnaz has advised multiple startups and brought her strategic-thinking and regulatory-navigation skills to SpaceRyde after 10 years in the healthcare industry. She never gives up, and her tenacious attitude resulted in SpaceRyde receiving the first rocket launch permit issued in Canada after 21 years. Prior to founding SpaceRyde, her entrepreneurial spirit had resulted in initiatives such as starting group fitness classes for company employees with a $200 budget, and weekly snack-and-learn training sessions to diversify employees’ skills. She loves that everyday is different at SpaceRyde and is on a mission to make SpaceRyde a global success.


Sandy Mader

Sr. Engineering Manager

Sandy oversees SpaceRyde’s engineering teams. He has a PhD in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Toronto and brings 7 years of experience as a Professional Engineer and over 10 years of supervising engineers to the team. Sandy joined SpaceRyde after a fulfilling career as Research Faculty at the University of Michigan where he took research projects from early conceptualization through development and completion and published over 20 Journal papers. He is an expert on numerical and multidisciplinary optimization and has developed several leading simulation tools including MACH, MACH-Aero and DAFoam. Sandy is excited to be a part of SpaceRyde in its journey of making history and building Canada’s first orbital launch system.

Jeff Thornburg


Jeff advises SpaceRyde on all propulsion matters. Jeff is a U.S. Air Force veteran and has spent his career on the leading edge of rocket engine and spacecraft development; both Elon Musk and Paul Allen hand-picked him to lead their propulsion teams at SpaceX and Stratolaunch. He is mostly known for his time as the second VP of Propulsion at SpaceX (after Tom Mueller) and architecting and leading the development of the Raptor Engine program for Elon. Most recently, Jeff worked with Paul Allen before his death on a cutting edge launch vehicle system. Jeff enjoys mentoring the next generation of ‘rocket scientists’ and is excited about the future of SpaceRyde innovating and disrupting access to space!

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