August 26, 1921 – U.S. American engineer Max Faget is born

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American engineer Max A. Faget was born on August 26, 1921, he died October 9, 2004. Faget was the designer of the Mercury Capsule. He also worked on the Gemini and Apollo programs, as well as the Space Shuttle.

Wikipedia says:

“After three years as a submariner in the U.S. Navy, he joined the Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia as a research scientist. In 1958, he became one of the 35 engineers who formed the Space Task Group, creating the Mercury spacecraft. He continued to work for NASA until his retirement in 1981, shortly after the second Space Shuttle flight (STS-2). During his NASA career, he contributed to the design of all of NASA’s manned spacecraft to date. He held patents on the Mercury capsule and on the escape tower system used on Apollo, which led to the escape system used on Soyuz spacecraft that saved the lives of 3 cosmonauts in a launch pad fire.”

Quotes:

“A lot of people . . . don’t hear a lot about Max Faget, who in the 1950s probably knew more about the physics of manned space flight than anyone else in the world. [He] designed a reentry body that was aerodynamically stale.”
– Astronaut Scott Carpenter describing Max Faget, quoted in Into that Silent Sea (p. 159).

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~ by tellinghistory on August 26, 2007.

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