Tom Mueller has been designing rocket engines at SpaceX since the company was founded in 2002. He helped develop the Kestrel, Merlin, Raptor and more. But how did these engines got their names? Luckily, Mueller was kind enough to share the story.
A new series of articles explores the rich history of SpaceX through interesting, informative and fun stories, as told by SpaceX and NASA employees and others. In this video, former SpaceX employee Brian Mosdell will tell you about the construction of launch pad SLC-40 in 2008. The most interesting aspect of the story is how SpaceX had to be very scrappy and resourceful, reusing old hardware to keep the costs down.