Kirk Pysher



United States of America

Kirk Pysher is the President of International Launch Services (ILS), a leader in providing heavy-lift launch services to the global commercial satellite industry. Pysher has nearly 30 years of experience in the design, development and operation of expendable launch vehicles and a proven track record of affecting broad-based change.

Pysher previously served as ILS vice president of mission assurance and product development. In this role, Pysher primarily had the responsibility for development and implementation of ILS and customer specific mission assurance requirements. In addition to his critical mission assurance role, Pysher also had responsibility for ILS product development including performance upgrades and new capabilities intended to align with customers’ future requirements, including the preliminary steps to introduce the Angara launch vehicle to the commercial market. 

Previous to ILS, Pysher served as chief operating officer at Energia Logistics US, where he was responsible for all aspects of mission assurance, engineering and operations for the Sea Launch program. Prior to that post, he was the vice president and chief systems engineer for Boeing-Sea Launch.  Additionally, Pysher worked extensively on the entire family of Delta expendable launch vehicles for Boeing Delta launch services over a 13-year period.

Pysher received a Masters and Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from Penn State University and obtained a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certificate from Purdue University.