Ken Bowersox

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Like some other major players in the NewSpace industry, Ken Bowersox got his start as a NASA astronaut. With five Shuttle missions and a tour on the International Space Station under his belt, he retired in 2006, but something about SpaceX was exciting enough to get him to join up as VP of Astronaut Safety and Mission Assurance in 2009. Maybe, after getting stuck aboard the ISS when the shuttles were grounded and having to take a Soyuz to get home, he decided that it's pretty important to develop another way to get to and from the space station, such as SpaceX's Falcon rockets and Dragon crew capsules.

Bowersox represented SpaceX at a February 2010 press conference where NASA administrator Charles Bolden singled out the company as one of seven leaders in the new space industry.

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