About Motiv

Motiv Space Systems builds the building-blocks of space exploration, innovation and automation. The company’s robotic products power pioneering space missions that are exploring our galaxy, launching the first generation of space-based manufacturing and teaching us new things about the planets in our solar system.

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Our History

Motiv Space Systems was founded in 2014 by three experienced robotics engineers, Chris Thayer, Brett Lindenfeld and Tom McCarthy. The company’s founders believed that they could develop and build space-based robotic systems more efficiently and with a higher level of quality and capability than their competitors in the market.

They were quickly proved right, earning and successfully executing NASA contracts for a range of missions, including most recently the robotic arm on the Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover.

In 2020, Motiv launched their groundbreaking xLink Robotic Arm System, a space-rated modular robotic arm that sets a new standard for capability and affordability, and brings robotic arm capabilities in reach of a whole new class of missions.

Our Leadership

Chris Thayer, CEO

Chris Thayer


Brett Lindenfeld, VP Operations

Brett Lindenfeld

Vice President,

Tom McCarthy, VP, Business Development

Tom McCarthy

Vice President,
Business Development

Eddie Tunstel

Chief Technology Officer

Sam Southard

Chief Financial Officer

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