WHAT'S IN A NAME
At T-2 minutes during the STS-59 count, the last call to the crew from the orbiter test conductor was:
“Endeavour, close and lock your visors, initiate O2 flow, and ‘Vaya con Dios!’
Vaya Space is a group of engineers and creatives came from our prior company as a unified team, and after focusing our energies on research and development, we upgraded. Trying to change the path, pace, and technology, all on a minimal budget, we focused on results first, and money last. Integrity and innovation is important to our team. And we did it!
But of course, you don’t get that kind of dedication without remarkable leadership, something Vaya Space has an abundance of.
Led by a Space Operations Expert, an International Aerospace Leader, a ground-breaking trader, a well-respected venture capitalist, a highly-renowned technology manufacturer, and an astronaut, our team’s vision and drive is endless.
And not just any astronaut. Sid Gutierrez - a man that made remarkable strides not only in his missions and career, but in his life. He was the Commander of STS-59 and the first Hispanic of any nation to command any space mission.
Although it was highly discouraged to use faith-based statements and not use English, the determined language of Mission Control, after prior coordination with the Commander, rules were broken with a single three-word phrase.
The last words spoken by the Launch Director Bob Sieck to the Crew of the Endeavour before liftoff were “Vaya con Dios” which is a common Hispanic farewell. It translates to “God be with you as you go.”
Unveiling of the Vaya Space brand signifies our progress from research & development to operations phase. So, here we are. Vaya is based on research. Based on fact. Based on innovation. And most importantly, based on our teams unwavering dedication to creating something remarkable that would bring change to the world unlike any other company has done before.
When there's a will, there's a way!