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WINTER-SPRING 2018

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WINTER 2018 47 47 WINTER/SPRING 2018 "I wanted to work at a company that was driving things forward and at the forefront of technology," he said. "At SpaceX, we have the smartest people on Earth working here, and we all have the same goal — something you don't see in a lot of jobs. Here, building rockets is every- one's job." While Falcon Heavy was a record-setting rocket, it is just the beginning of what SpaceX has planned. "Our number one goal for the year is to put people in space," he said. Meanwhile, Marshall is working with his co-workers to launch their own satellite into space. After that — though still several years out — is the BFR, or Big Falcon Rocket, which is designed to be capable of carrying humans to Mars. "BFR is going to be three times the size in diameter and twice the height of Falcon Heavy. It's going to be really intense," Marshall said. "It's going to be a whole different experience for SpaceX." Marshall is playing an integral role in the BFR design process as the logistics manager. His time at Speed School, particularly his engineer- ing co-ops, prepared him well for the fast-pace of SpaceX. But it was a freshman year calculus class that gave Marshall his best experience. "Our teachers really taught us to keep work- ing and solve problems that shouldn't be able to be solved," he said. That determination fits right into the mantra at SpaceX, where they are expanding the limits of space travel. "It's a dream job, being able to work on some- thing that's going to go into space," Marshall said. "It's definitely one of those jobs you don't mind waking up for every day." PHOTO PROVIDED BY SPACEX

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