Hans Koenigsmann: SpaceX, Exploration through Innovation

Hans Koenigsmann, the Vice President of Flight Reliability for SpaceX, talks about current and near-future space travel.

Dr. Koenigsmann leads the Flight Reliability Team at SpaceX and serves as Launch Chief
Engineer during the launch campaigns. The Flight Reliability team resolves anomalies, evaluates and mitigates risk and performs other functions on the vehicle system level. SpaceX designs, manufactures, and launches the world’s most advanced rockets and spacecraft. The company was founded in 2002 by Elon Musk to revolutionize space transportation, with the ultimate goal of enabling people to live on other planets.

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About Hans Koenigsmann

Dr. Koenigsmann is the Vice President of Flight Reliability for SpaceX. He has more than 25 years of experience designing, developing, and building complex avionics and guidance, navigation, and control (GNC) systems for launch vehicles. Dr. Koenigsmann was the chief Avionics architect of the Falcon 1 and early Falcon 9 efforts, and he is a key member of the small, core group of SpaceX engineers responsible for operating these vehicles on the launch pad and in orbit. Hans’s experience includes the development of two suborbital and two orbital launchers, as well as several satellite projects and attitude control systems. He served as head of the Space Technology Division of Germany’s Center for Applied Space Technology and Microgravity (ZARM). Hans has a PhD in aerospace and production technology from the University of Bremen and a Master of Science in aerospace engineering from the Technical University of Berlin.

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