Wednesday, March 1, 7:00am - 8:00am
Room 100, Nedderman Hall,
UT Arlington campus
Texas P.E.s: Attending these presentations counts toward your professional development hours requirement.


How SpaceX is Revolutionizing
Access to Space

 

John Wiswall
Test Director
SpaceX Rocket Development Facility


Space Exploration Technologies, better known as SpaceX, designs, manufactures and launches advanced rockets and spacecraft. The company was founded in 2002 by Elon Musk, co-founder of PayPal and founder of Tesla Motors. In December of 2010, SpaceX became the first private company to launch and return a spacecraft from low-Earth orbit. In May of 2012, its Dragon capsule became the first private spacecraft to deliver a payload to the International Space Station (ISS). Earlier this year, the first stage of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, after sending 10 satellites to low-Earth orbit, returned and made a soft landing on a barge in the Pacific Ocean to be used again. In 2018, the company plans to send U.S. astronauts aboard a Dragon capsule to the ISS. Musk's ultimate goal is the exploration and colonization of Mars.


SpaceX tests its engines and structures at a 4,000-acre, state-of-the-art rocket development facility in McGregor, just west of Waco; the site averages two tests per day. In this presentation, UT Arlington Aerospace Engineering alumnus John Wiswall will describe his current work on Falcon 9 Stage 2 testing and the development of SpaceX's Mars program.

 

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