Tue, Mar 21, 2006
Also, Falcon 1 Poised For Another Shot At Liftoff
SpaceX announced last
week that Jim Maser will be joining the company as President and
Chief Operating Officer. Prior to joining SpaceX, Maser
(right)served first as Chief Systems Engineer and then as President
and General Manager of Sea Launch -- arguably the world's most
successful commercial launch company.
"Jim brings a wealth of capability and experience to the SpaceX
team. His joining is also a tremendous endorsement of SpaceX, our
accomplishments to date and our vision for the future," said Elon
Musk, Chairman and CEO of SpaceX.
SpaceX representatives tell ANN Maser started his career with
the Boeing Delta and Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle programs in
structural design. He went on to serve as Chief Engineer of Delta
III and was one of the key architects of the evolution of Delta II
to Delta IV. Before joining McDonnell Douglas (now Boeing) in the
1980s, he was a research fellow at the NASA/Lewis Research
"I am very excited about joining Elon's entrepreneurial team.
I'm looking forward to contributing to SpaceX's successes and
working with the team to fundamentally change the nature of the
space exploration business," said Maser.
SpaceX is developing a family of launch vehicles intended to
reduce the cost and increase the reliability of both manned and
unmanned space transportation ultimately by a factor of ten.
After a series of cancellations and technical glitches, the
company's Falcon 1 launch vehicle has once again been placed on its
launch pad at Kwajalein Atoll, with the intent of launching between
March 20 and 25. The payload will be FalconSat-2, part of the Air
Force Academy’s satellite program that will measure space
plasma phenomena, which can adversely affect space-based
communications, including GPS and other civil and military
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