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Dark Yonder LLC

Dark Yonder is about approaching daunting problems and challenging environments with cautious optimism, relentless innovation, compelling storytelling, prudent investment, and a keen eye for the bottom line.




Dr. Rob Hoyt
Founder & President

Dr. Rob Hoyt is a seasoned entrepreneur, physicist, and investor with expertise in advanced space technologies, additive manufacturing, plasma physics, and scientific algorithms.  Dr. Hoyt has created two technology companies, built them through entirely organic growth, and achieved successful exits through acquisitions. He has extensive experience with SBIR technology development, leading over 200 successful proposal efforts with multiple transitions of innovative technologies to commercial products. He has also won more contracts from NASA's Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) Program than any other innovator, and has successfully transitioned two market-catalyzing NIAC technologies to flight demonstration programs.


Dr. Hoyt co-founded Tethers Unlimited Inc. (TUI) in 1994, and served as President & CEO for 25 years.  Over that time he built the company into a $20M/yr space technology firm providing high-performance satellite components as well as innovations in In-space Servicing, Assembly, and Manufacturing (ISAM) and Sustainable Space solutions. In 2020 he sold TUI to ARKA Group LP, a private-equity backed space and defense company.

Dr. Hoyt also co-founded ScienceOps, a scientific algorithm and big-data services company.  ScienceOps was purchased by Acquisio in 2012.

Over his decades of service in these companies, Dr. Hoyt has developed extensive experience in financial management of startup and growth companies, commercialization of SBIR technologies, industrial security, branding, marketing, and M&A.

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