We Are Space Scout

We Are Space Scout

About Us

     Space Scout was founded in Dec. 2019 by Lavie Ohana (@lavie154) and David D. (@MatoroIgnika), both of which had worked on predecessor projects that would eventually lead to the site’s creation as early as 2017*. Space Scout was created with the mission statement of providing accurate space reporting and launch viewing information. Over a year later, and we are now a team of nine spanning the entire U.S. capable of reporting on-site at four different spaceports.


     Space Scout is, at this time, a volunteer-run, non-commercial group. As we expand, this may change, but if you are interested in volunteering and contributing to our site and social media feeds, reach out to us, either via Twitter, or through our Discord community, which you may join by clicking here.

     For administrative, business, or other serious inquires, contact the managing editor at [email protected]

*The 2017 predecessor project led directly to Space Scout and operated quite similarly, however, under a different name. This is why Space Scout’s tagline says “since 2017.” Header image credit: An Tran / Space Scout

The Team

Lavie Ohana – Managing Editor, Co-Founder


Lavie is a student from Los Angeles, CA, running Space Scout in her spare time, having reported on spaceflight since 2017. She is the managing editor of Space Scout’s website and social media and organizes all current operations. She has also seen a total of 14 launches in person as of writing – eight of which up close at Vandenberg A.F.B. 

Twitter: @lavie154
Email: [email protected]

David D. – Co-Founder, Photography, and Streaming


David, better known online as @MatoroIgnika, is a launch photographer/videographer and a partnered Twitch streamer from Louisiana. He’s seen over 25 launches as of writing and has also attended several ULA and NASA media events independently at the Cape throughout the years. David majored in Communications and graduated from Southeastern Louisiana University. 

Oh, and by the way, Geaux Saints.

Twitter: @MatoroIgnika
Twitch: Matoro
YouTube: MatoroIgnika

An Tran – Contributor, Launch Photographer


An aerospace nut that got his hands on a camera, An is a photographer that tries to make it out to as many launches as he can since 2019. From Texas and usually based in Florida, he’s an aerospace engineering student, rocketry enthusiast, and everything in between. An is a photographer for both Space Scout and SpaceExplored.com

Twitter: @the_space_nut
Flickr: An Tran | Flickr

Matt M. – Contributor, Social Media manager

Passionate about all things aerospace, Matt is currently a student studying in Michigan with the intent of earning a degree in aerospace engineering. He’s currently a member of the F.R.C. team 85 design group and is in the process of joining the Civil Air Patrol. He also previously owned and operated Final Frontier Updates. Matt runs the Space Scout TikTok, with over 260,000 followers, and is also a site contributor.

Twitter: @AstroMatter

Derek Newsome – Contributor, Streaming

Twitter: @Delta_IV_Heavy@DNewsomeRacing

Deimos – Contributor, Launch Photography

Nick A. – Contributor

Seb – Contributor

StarshipTrooper – Contributor