TLA About us
Tragic Little Aerospace (TLA) was founded in 2009. Their founding product is their µGTU GPS kit for Amateur rocketry enthusiasts. The company consists of four friends and is based out of Bothell, Washington.
Robert ‘Klaude’ Geer -- Lead Hardware Designer, Technical Lead
NAR# 77966 L2
Robert got interested in model rockets in the 60s, but didn't get to build one till the 80s (Der Big Red Max). Finally launching his first rocket in the late 90s at 60 acres in Redmond with his two daughters. They were the driving force behind getting back into rocketry and actually launching something. They flew regularly at 60 Acres and Monroe, he got his level 1 cert in April of 2000 with "Barbie I" a Pink and Purple 4" kit bashed EZ I65 with Astronaut Barbie looking out the window in the command module. He took a long break in 2002 after Monroe closed and the girls got serious about soccer and dance. He re-certified at level 1 at FITS in 2009 with Barbie on an H268R. When he introduced the hobby to his friends and they were trying to address the issue of tracking their own rockets they founded Tragic Little Aerospace. He certified level 2 in September 2009, again with Barbie on a J350 and carrying the very first prototype tracker (aka "the hairball").
Dusin ‘nullpuppy’ Knie -- Hardware Engineer, Lead Programmer
Dustin was introduced to rocketry in 2009 and took up the hobby in force. His first launch was his certification flight with a heavily modified EZ-I65 kit named Icarus Mark I on an I600R. Unfortunately, the parachute was packed too tightly and did not fully deploy and failed to certify due to a damaged coupler. Electronics has been a long time hobby, and assisted In the development of the µGTU unit, and is developing a hand-held unit. He lives in Bothell, WA and is currently pursuing a Bachelors of Science at DigiPen Institute of Technology as well as working full time as a PC Technician.
Alex ‘Little Batty’ Dumas -- Lead Assembler, Sales and Marketing assistant
NAR# 90535 L1
Alex was introduced to rocketry in 2009 and achieved his Level 1 NAR certification at Washington Aerospace Club’s FITS 2010 with Tethys kit named Carpe Astra. Alex lives in Everett, WA and is currently pursuing an Associate of Technical Arts at Edmonds Community College while working full time as a PC Technician. He will then transfer to Central Washington University and get a Bachelor’s in Information Technology and Administration Management.
Nathan ‘Nebulis’ Shelby -- Sales and Marketing Lead, Assistant Assembler
NAR# 89760 L1
Nathan flew small Estes rockets when he was a child and was introduced to high power in 2008 by Robert Geer. He completed his NAR Level 1 certification in October 2009, flying a Binder Designs Stealth Jr. Nathan lives in Marysville, WA and works as a Systems Engineer.