ARGO was formed to design and construct rocket recovery vessels capable of catching fairings or other components before landing in the ocean. Our team from world renown design firm Morrelli&Melvin possesses decades of experience producing the most high performance boats in the world including world record breaking ocean racers, America’s Cup catamarans and many powerboat designs.
Our patent pending recovery vessel design is unparalleled in its maneuvering capabilities and can be tailored to fit the needs of our clients. We’re excited to provide this new technology to reduce the cost of accessing space through greater reusability.
Parker Shinn - Partner
Parker is a co-founder of ARGO and designed the concept of the ARGO recovery vessel. He is a sailing world championship bronze medalist, 7 time national champion and is an avid student of high performance yacht design. He has previously worked as a tech industry product manager, handled acquisitions for a real estate investment company and worked as a global macro hedge fund analyst. Parker has a business degree from USC which he is excited to marry with his passion for high performance boats.
Pete Melvin - Partner
Pete is a co-founder of ARGO and the CEO of Morrelli & Melvin, one of the world’s top design firms for multihull racing yachts. He is responsible for some of the biggest innovations in high performance yacht design over the past 25 years and has worked on many high profile projects. These include America’s Cup campaigns for Oracle and Emirates Team New Zealand, world record breaking ocean racers and the current Olympic catamaran design. Pete is a 3 time world champion, 30+ time national champion and was the US Tornado skipper at the 1988 Olympics.
Gino Morrelli - Partner
Gino is a partner of Morrelli & Melvin and has been entrenched in onshore and offshore race-boat construction efforts since the early 80's. He designed and managed the construction of a French 60' ocean racing catamaran, multiple Formula 40's, the 1988 Stars & Stripes America's Cup catamaran, Bol D'or racers, Little America's Cup C-Class cats and many others. Gino raced extensively on Stars and Stripes '88 with Dennis Connor and Steve Fossett's Morrelli & Melvin designed 125ft cat PlayStation, setting Atlantic W-E, 24 hour, Round Britain/Ireland records, and many more.
Erik Berzins - Designer
Erik grew up in Canada and earned his degree in Naval Architecture from the University of British Columbia. He has been designing high performance boats since moving to California in 2005 and is responsible for project management, structural design and velocity prediction. He is also an accomplished offshore racer having completed races to Hawaii, Tahiti and Cabo.
Mark Peters - Naval Architect
Mark earned his degree in Naval Architecture from the Marine Institute of Memorial University in St. John’s, Newfoundland. Afterwards he helped build Puma’s state of the art 70 foot “Mar Mostro” at NEB for the Volvo Ocean Race and also designed carbon fiber patrol boats. In 2012 Mark Joined Morrelli&Melvin as a design engineer.
Andrew Bloxom PhD - Design Engineer
In 2007 Andrew attended the Chesapeake Sailing Yacht Symposium and became fascinated by the numerical simulation of the aero/hydrodynamics of sailboats. Six years later he completed a PhD focused on the fluid-structure interaction of surface effect ship seals. He now brings his high level of expertise in Computational Fluid Dynamics and Finite Element Analysis to our design team.
Ferdinand van West - Naval Architect
Ferdinand is both an accomplished yacht designer as well as a world champion multihull racer. In 2012 he completed his Master of Science in Maritime Engineering, Yacht and small craft at the University of Southampton. Now he is combining his professional and sportive passions in life. Before moving to California he worked for long-time M&M client Nacra where he participated in the development of Nacra’s latest designs, namely the Olympic Nacra 17 and the Full foiling Nacra F20c FCS.
Cody Stansky - Design Engineer
While competing in sailing events both nationally and internationally as a youth, Cody realized his interest in the mechanics of sailing rivaled that of sailing itself and later earned his degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering at Webb Institute in New York. During his final year at Webb Cody interned with Morrelli and Melvin and completed his undergraduate thesis entitled: “A fluid structure interaction of vertical lift producing daggerboards”.