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Making Leaders Interview: Theodore McDonald, Manager, Raptor Test at SpaceX and 2018 Promise Award Recipient

In a conversation with SSPI Executive Director Robert Bell, 2018 Promise Award Recipient Theodore McDonald talks about how he got his start in the industry and what it takes to succeed.

Theodore “Theo” McDonald began his career at SpaceX in 2008 after graduating from Worcester Polytechnic Institute with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Theo is currently manager of the Raptor test program, which is based out of SpaceX’s rocket development facility in McGregor, Texas. Raptor is a new methane engine being developed by SpaceX for use on its next generation vehicle, BFR, which will be the most powerful rocket in history. With a pressurized section larger than the main deck of an A380, BFR is capable of carrying payloads and large numbers of people as far as the Moon, Mars and beyond. Since 2014, Theo has led a hardworking team that has built the Raptor engine testing program and associated test hardware from the ground up. Theo is known for his energy and positivity in motivating his team to continually push the boundaries of what is possible with Raptor development testing and qualification. Click here to learn more about Theo.

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