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Notable Amateur Rocket Builders

    Notable persons who started out as amateur rocket builders
    (a partial list in roughly reverse-chronological order

  • Hein Olthof, Cofounder of of T-Minus Engineering

  • Mark Uitendaal, Cofounder of of T-Minus Engineering

  • Zachary Dunn, COO of Relativity Space

  • Peter Beck, founder and CEO of Rocket Lab

  • Elon Musk, Chief Designer, SpaceX

  • Tom Mueller, Designer of SpaceX Falcon Merlin engine

  • Ky Michaelson, led team accomplishing 1st amateur rocket to reach Space

  • John K. Bennett, Engineering Professor Emeritus at the University of Colorado, Boulder

  • Homer Hickham, Author, NASA Training Manager

  • Eugene Cernan, Gemini and Apollo 17 astronaut

  • James Lovell, Gemini and Apollo 13 astronaut

  • William Pickering, former Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) Director

  • Willy Ley, Author

  • Bernard Smith, former chief engineer at the Bureau of Naval Weapons

  • James Hart Wyld, ARS founder, developed first regeneratively cooled rocket motor; founder of Reaction Motors 

  • Lovell Lawrence, Jr, ARS founder, founder of Reaction Motors, NASA engineer

  • Hugh Franklin Pierce, ARS founder, founder of Reaction Motors

  • John Shesta, ARS founder, founder of Reaction Motors

  • Werner von Braun, Chief Designer V2 and Saturn V rockets

  • Robert Esnault-Pelterie, aerospace engineer and rocketry pioneer

  • Sergei Korolev, Chief Designer, Soviet space programme

  • A.I.Polyarny, founding member GIRD, aerospace engineer

  • Fridrikh Tsander, founding member GIRD, aerospace engineer

  • Hermann Oberth, space and rocketry pioneer

  • Robert Goddard, professor and liquid rocket pioneer


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Last updated  Mar.1, 2024

Originally posted  July 24, 2023

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