aevum (/ae̯.vum/): the mean between time (Earth) and eternity (space)

Our Story

Jay Skylus, Founder and CEO of Aevum, resolved to democratize space after recognizing that easy access to space would break the digital divide and enable technologies that could save millions of lives.

Jay's resolve originated in 2006 after hearing news of 19 men killed in action in Afghanistan partly due to communication failures during Operation Red Wings.  With his own brother serving in the United States military, Jay felt deep compassion for all those who lost their own brothers and loved ones in action.  Space, as the ultimate vantage point, is part of the solution to overcoming similar communication challenges.  However, the extreme cost of accessing space has limited it to a select few.  Fueled with compassion, Jay set out to change the high costs of deploying technologies in space and never looked back.

This was the beginning of Aevum, Inc.


Original resolve to break the digital divide by making space accessible for everyone.


Self-funded rocket research through a successful online automotive business. Attempt to build first rocket engine.


Built first internal combustion engine as part of ongoing combustion dynamics research.


Jay's work featured on the cover of MR2Only magazine.


Birth of Ravn launch vehicle concept I. Design review by experts.


Development moves into 300 sq ft office. Completion of Ravn concept II with improved performance and reliability.


Ravn concept III engineered for commercial viability and low cost. 



Founded Aevum, Inc. in Jay's apartment.


Aevum gains corporate sponsorships from ANSYS, Inc. and Solidworks Corporation. Aevum moves into its first official 700 sq ft office.


Company completes founder, friends, and family round of funding.


Completion of the design and preliminary analysis of Ravn launch vehicle mark I.


Aevum virtually demonstrates the Ravn launch vehicle by launching a constellation of 30 small satellites to a 500 km, circular orbit. Grows team and expands office to 1,500 sq ft.

End of 2016

Aevum begins offering space delivery services to select customers.



Prototyping of Ravn vehicle begins.


Customers soft-commit to launch purchases.


More customer letters of intent to purchase Aevum launch services.


Successful hardware-in-the-loop test of subscale Ravn booster test bed.


Successful ground test of the subscale Ravn booster test bed. Construction of Aevum's Launch Vehicle Production Facility begins.


Aevum completes seed round investment with Angel investors in Huntsville, Alabama.


Aevum grows more and moves into a new 7,000 sq ft facility.

End of 2017

Customer Soft-Commitments

Partnerships Formed and Teaming Agreements Executed

Strong Supplier and Manufacturer Relationships Established

Ravn Subsystems Tested and Analysis Anchored

Seed Funding Secured

Spaceport Assessment Completed | Spaceport RFQ in Progress

Ravn Protoflight Vehicle Production in Progress





Aevum, Inc.

HUBZone | Minority-Owned Small Business | Non-Traditional | AS9100C Compliant
NAICS: 336411, 336412, 336413, 335414, 488190, 541511, 541712

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