The TZero Team

We are a veteran-owned small business based in Northern Virginia with additional personnel in the Cape Canaveral, FL and Logan, UT areas.

TZero personnel have significant experience with the DoD, IC, civil, and commercial space markets and have a particular emphasis on the small satellite and launch markets. Most personnel have active SCI clearances.

We have a unique combination of business, technical, and government experience that provides valuable insights and direction to our customers to support both the business development and satellite launch areas of expertise.


In addition to the personnel listed below there are multiple other experts available in a range of technical and business areas who support TZero on a more limited basis.


Hans Carlson

President & CEO
Hans has over 20 years of experience in the space market, served seven years in the US Air Force in the space community, and has consulted for over 30 clients in various BD capacities. He has led launch efforts from every US launch site, France, India, Japan, and Russia. He has a strong background in the DoD and IC markets and currently works in both communities.

Tom Hunsaker

Vice President
Tom has 20 years of experience in the defense and commercial space market serving as an active duty and currently as a reservist officer. He has very strong organizational and strategic planning skills. He led multiple successful BD and capture efforts and has led and assisted with launch campaigns in the US, Europe, and Russia.
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John Richmond

Director of Business Development
John has 13 years of experience in the defense, intelligence and commercial space markets. While on active duty, he served as an aerospace engineer and program manager for two of the country’s premier National Security Space launch and satellite portfolios. He has extensive background with the commercial space market, VC investments, and the USG contracting, program management, and requirements processes. His technical pedigree combined with his operational and programmatic experience give him a unique ability to identify, secure and execute a wide range of business opportunities.

Rusty Marin

Business Development Expert
Rusty Marin has over 40 years experience in all areas of the space defense and intelligence market including SMC, NRO, DARPA, and many others. He has an extensive business development in strategic planning, capture, proposals, and customer advocacy, and engages consistently with industry and government seniors around the industry.

Scott Dow

Launch Expert
Scott has over 30 years’ experience in the commercial and defense space markets with extensive technical background in structures, testing, launch integration, and ground support hardware. He has supported launch operations at multiple US launch facilities and has experience with range safety and other technical documentation, interface and separation testing, and launch facilities.

Dan Allen

Launch Expert
Dan has over 35 years of experience in the DoD and IC space community with extensive large and small program launch experience. He is very familiar with integration, systems, and range safety processes and has supported launch efforts at all of the major US launch facilities.