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 ten 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]


Header image credit: An Tran / Space Scout

The Team

Lavie Ohana – Managing Editor, Co-Founder



Lavie is a student from Los Angeles, CA, and the co-founder and managing editor of Space Scout. When not writing about spaceflight, she’s a photographer, and a high-power rocketry hobbyist. She’s also the media lead for Hot Nozzle Summer, and a huge fan of the Shuttle and Artemis programs.


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 – Reporter, 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 at Space Scout and previously SpaceExplored.com


Twitter: @the_space_nut
Flickr: An Tran | Flickr

Derek Newsome – Contributor, Photography



Twitter: @Delta_IV_Heavy@DNewsomeRacing

Nick A. – Contributor



Nick is a space debris hunter and environmental scientist from the East Coast, whose research has included the human influence of garbage, colonialism in space, and the greater understanding of the human influence on the cosmos. In their free time, they enjoy a nice good book, murder mysteries, and spending time with animals.

Twitter: @defconfuck


Sean – Photojournalist, Editor



Sean is a photojournalist for Space Scout and the National Space Society from the Central Florida area, as well as an aviation and nature photographer. 


Twitter: @planetdeimos

Website: deimosphotography.wordpress.com

Jared Frankle – Reporter



Jared is a journalist, writing for Space Scout, and previously NASASpaceFlight. He’s also a photojournalist for the National Space Society, as well as a TOSC Support Specialist I at Kennedy Space Center.


Twitter: @jfranklephoto 

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