My summer at SpaceX was an incredibly challenging, intense, and rewarding experience. Each day I had the chance to interact with and learn from some of the best engineers and managers in the aerospace. Additionally, I was always encouraged to push myself harder to become a better engineer and professional by everyone on my team. I’m proud of what I accomplished that summer and can say beyond the shadow of a doubt that working for SpaceX was one of the most influential learning experiences of my life.
Some of my favorite projects involved:
- Designing a special camera gimbal system to measure the thickness of frozen RP-1 fuel inside the 2nd stage fuel tank during testing. The results from this project were used to make design decisions about the 2nd stage. This system worked so well that I was asked to create 3 more for subsequent testing!
- Overseeing some of the shipping configuration planning and logistics of the 2nd stage rockets between the different SpaceX launch and test facilities
- Contributing to the testing that led to the discovery of the cause of failure of the CRS-7 failure
Due to ITAR restrictions and NDA agreements, I don’t have a lot of photos of my work from this summer. However, I’ve included some images of the F9 ‘Full-Thrust’ vehicle that most of my work contributed to, as well as some general SpaceX photos Enjoy!