DFL Space LLC is the namesake company of Debra Facktor Lepore, an aerospace executive, engineer, and entrepreneur with over 20 years experience, nearly all of which involved start-up projects or companies. Headquartered near Seattle, DFL Space engineers innovative business strategies using Debra’s entrepreneurial, technical, and international skills to balance big picture visions with tactical implementation.

DFL’s diverse clients range from small businesses to established institutions located in the US and internationally.  Sample projects include strategic planning, market assessments, new market entry campaigns, organizational evaluation and reorientation, policy analysis, and business plan development. 

Typical engagements are on a project basis or monthly retainer.


Debra Facktor Lepore

  1. Aerospace executive, engineer, and entrepreneur with over 20 years experience

  1. Bachelor of Science degree (magna cum laude) in 1988 and a Master of Science degree in 1989, both in aerospace engineering from the University of Michigan

  1. Executive Liaison for the Stevens Institute of Technology School of Systems and Enterprises

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An introduction to the founder.

Debra Facktor Lepore is the former President of AirLaunch LLC, a company that was developing a small rocket launched out of a C-17 cargo airplane to deploy small satellites into space.  Previously, as Vice President for Business Development and Strategy at Kistler Aerospace Corporation, Debra played a key role in raising over $600 million in private capital and setting the stage for emerging space launch companies to provide innovative services to US government customers.   Her first entrepreneurial venture came as the Cold War ended, when she lived and worked in Russia as chief of Moscow Operations for ANSER’s Center for International Aerospace Cooperation to facilitate joint aerospace partnerships with the former Soviet Union.  She started her career as an engineer with ANSER in Arlington, VA. Read more.