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SpaceX DNA Select AchievementsSpaceX brings together people who share two key In just 9 years, SpaceX has designed, built, and tested 5 rocketcharacteristics, regardless of their discipline: engines, 2 launch vehicles, and 1 reusable, multipurpose spacecraft — all at a fraction of historical costs.1. The drive to be exceptional2. The talent to back it up SpaceX’s Merlin rocket engines are the first American engines to be designed, built, and see space flight since the Space Shuttle Main Engines almost 30 years ago.Our employees represent some of the most talented individuals intheir fields. They thrive under pressure and are driven by a need to SpaceX is one of only two commercial companies authorized by NASAmake a difference. to produce PICA-X, a high performance heat shield material that will protect the Dragon spacecraft on re-entry.Engineering staff works closely with production teams to createhardware that can be seen and touched hours after a design is September 28, 2008: Falcon 1 became the first privatelycomplete. We believe in hands-on, hard-core engineering, and a work developed liquid fuel rocket to achieve Earth orbit.environment that allows us to push the boundaries of what is possible. December 23, 2008: SpaceX was awarded a $1.6 billion NASA contract to resupply the International Space Station (ISS) — the first time NASABENEFITS has outsourced this function to private companies. July 13, 2009: Falcon 1 became the first privately developed liquid Equity opportunity through stock options fuel rocket to put a commercial satellite in orbit. Competitive base salary Comprehensive health benefits for medical, dental, and vision June 4, 2010: SpaceX’s Falcon 9 reached orbit on its first attempt, achieving 100% of mission objectives including a near bulls-eye Three weeks starting time off and 10 paid holidays per year insertion into its target orbit. Life/Disability insurance Paid gym membership December 8, 2010: SpaceX became the first commercial company to successfully return a spacecraft from Earth orbit — a feat previously 401k and Roth 401k only accomplished by 6 nations or government agencies. Casual work environmentLooking AheadFalcon Heavy: Debuting in 2013, Falcon Full Reusability: A fully reusable launch Mars: SpaceX was founded with the singularHeavy will be the world’s most powerful rocket, vehicle is the fundamental breakthrough needed mission of making human life multi-planetary.generating a liftoff thrust equal to that of fifteen to substantially lower costs in the aerospace Whether leading or supporting this effort, weBoeing 747 aircraft at full power. industry. This is a core goal for SpaceX. have our sights firmly set on Mars.
Profiles “Just as a spacecraft is more than the sum of its parts, SpaceX is an amazing group of smart, passionate people who have come together to make something bigger than themselves. Ever since I started as an intern, I have been challenged to do my best and give everything I’ve got. I still feel lucky that I am allowed to play a part in our success.” Tina Hsu B.S. Electrical Engineering, California Institute of Technology Title: Manager, Avionics Space Vehicle Systems and Integration Role: Lead the avionics systems integration team for Dragon. “Having worked in production automotive design, motorsports, and aerospace engineering, SpaceX truly combines the best of all three fields. With the production development cycle of Formula 1, the cost effective design requirements of high-volume automotive, and the allure of space flight; it is truly an engineer’s company. I can’t imagine working anyplace else.” Bill Riley B.S., M.Eng. Mechanical Engineering, Cornell University Title: Senior Structures Engineer Role: Create the design criteria for structures engineering flight hardware. “SpaceX gives new employees the challenge and responsibility to really make them grow and learn at a pace faster than the norm. It is an inspiring and motivating atmosphere filled with people who want to make a difference and are actually given the chance to do so.” Florence Li B.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of Delaware M.S. Aeronautics & Astronautics, Stanford University Title: Manager, Launch Mechanical Systems Role: Oversee the mechanical operations group for the launch sites. “Being an astronaut is the coolest job ever. It was very, very difficult to voluntarily hang up my spacesuit and leave NASA, but it’s an engineer’s dream to design a spaceship. To me, it was obvious that SpaceX is the unequivocal leader as we approach a new golden age of spaceflight; that’s where I wanted to be.” Garrett Reisman Former NASA Astronaut Title: Senior Mission Assurance Engineer Role: Manage the development of human-rated spacecraft.
Our Mission Is To Provide the safest, most reliable, and most economical access to space.Our StoryElon Musk founded SpaceX because he believed a future where humanity Our philosophy is simple: with robust design and efficient operations, low-is out exploring the stars is fundamentally more exciting than one where cost and reliability can go hand-in-hand. Today, SpaceX is not only the lowestwe are not. cost-per-kilogram launch provider in the world, but one of the first private companies contracted by NASA to service the International Space Station.In an era when most technology-based products become exponentiallymore capable and affordable, space technology remains much the same At SpaceX, we are driven to help build a future where space transportationas it was 40 years ago. SpaceX was started in 2002 to reverse this trend becomes as commonplace as commercial aviation is today. With our exceptionalby creating highly reliable rockets and spacecraft at a lower cost. team leading the way, we see no reason that this future will not become a reality.
Leadership Elon Musk CEO AND CTO SpaceX is the third company founded by Musk. Musk’s other primary activity is serving as CEO and Product Architect of Tesla Motors; Musk is also the non-executive chairman of SolarCity, the leading provider of solar power systems in California. At SpaceX, Musk served as chief engineer for Falcon 1, the first privately developed liquid fuel rocket to achieve Earth orbit, as well as Falcon 9 and the Dragon spacecraft. Prior to SpaceX, Musk co-founded PayPal, the world’s leading electronic payment system, and served as the company’s chairman and CEO. Before PayPal, Musk co-founded Zip2 Corporation in 1995, a leading provider of enterprise software and services to the media industry. Musk has won a series of awards, including being named one of the 75 most influential people of the 21st century by Esquire magazine and recognition as a Living Legend in Aviation by the Kitty Hawk Foundation. Musk holds a Physics degree from the University of Pennsylvania, a Business degree from Wharton, and currently serves as a member of the Stanford University Engineering Advisory Board. Gwynne Shotwell PRESIDENT Shotwell joined SpaceX in 2002 as Vice President of Business Development, where she developed a customer database representing over 30 missions and nearly $3B in revenues before being promoted to President in 2008. Prior to SpaceX, Shotwell spent ten years at Aerospace Corporation with positions of increasing responsibility, including Chief Engineer of an MLV-class satellite program. Shotwell also received numerous awards for her technical work at Aerospace, including Woman of the Year and the prestigious Achievement Award for outstanding support to STS-39, the twelfth mission of the Space Shuttle Discovery. Shotwell also headed the Space System Division at Microcosm where she grew division revenues from $300k to $3.5M annually. Shotwell received her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from Northwestern University in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mathematics, with honors.
At SpaceX we build over 80% of our vehicles in-house. In fact, we are one of the few companies in the worldAvionics Propulsion StructuresHardware Software Turbomachinery Mechanical Design and AnalysisFlight Computers Vehicle Control In-Space Propulsion Systems Structural DynamicsEngine & Stage Controllers Guidance & Navigation Rocket Nozzles Thermodynamic & Aerodynamic ModelingBattery Design Fault Detection & Recovery Pressurization Systems Vehicle & Component Structural TestingHarness Routing & Design Command & Data Handling Hot Fire Testing Space Mechanisms DevelopmentEnvironmental Testing Embedded Systems Rotordynamics Thermal Protection SystemsRF & Communications Real-Time Systems Thrust Chambers Test StandsPower Systems Propellant Feed SystemsGNC Analysis & Design Valves & Components
where you can visit one location and see an entire launch vehicle coming together. We build it, test it and fly it. Launch & Mission Operations Production Business OPerations Mission Operations & Simulations Advanced Welding Business Development Ground Support Systems Precision Machining Finance Mechanical Launch Pad Design & Operations Spin Forming Human Resources Telemetry Tracking Manufacturing Engineering Information Technology Spacecraft Integration Tooling Design & Development Legal Recovery Operations Vehicle Assembly Marketing Fluid System Design & Operations Stage & Vehicle Integration Mission Assurance Spacecraft Operations Composites Product Quality Mission Operations Software Development Security
“I like to be involved in things that change the world. The Internet did, and space will probably be more responsible for changing the world than anything else.” Elon Musk, CEO & CTO, SpaceX www.spacex.com 310-363-6000SpaceX Locations: Hawthorne, CA | McGregor, TX | Washington D.C.SpaceX Launch Sites: Omelek Island, U.S. Army Kwajalein Atoll (USAKA) | Cape Canaveral, FL | Vandenberg, CA