Vaya Space is a pioneering vortex-hybrid rocket engine company, revolutionizing sustainable space access. Vaya's unique rockets, with a payload capacity of up to 7.8 metric tons per launch, overcome the limitations and costs associated with traditional liquid bi-propellant rockets, transforming the industry's safety standards and affordability.
About Brooks Kimmel
Brooks Kimmel, Director of Safety Engineering at Vaya Space is a seasoned safety professional with a deep-rooted passion for preventing accidents and ensuring the well-being of others.
His career path took him through various roles, including teaching and working for Young Life, before an opportunity arose to join the environmental industry at the Kennedy Space Center.
A pivotal moment in Brooks Kimmel's life came when his grandfather fell ill with mesothelioma, a cancer caused by exposure to asbestos during his work at a paper mill. Witnessing his grandfather's suffering and the impact it had on his family fuelled Kimmel's determination to prevent others from enduring similar experiences.
With this newfound motivation, Kimmel pursued a Master's degree in Safety Engineering and dedicated the next 17 years to working at the Kennedy Space Center.
Today, Brooks Kimmel brings his extensive experience and unwavering commitment to safety to Vaya Space.
Recently, Brooks Kimmel facilitated the onboarding of SafetyIQ, an EHS Management Platform. We interviewed Brooks Kimmel to create a case study that highlights an EHS professional’s experience implementing and using our system as well as the transformative impact on Vaya Space’s culture of safety, efficiency, and performance.