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About Dr. Wernher von Braun

Von Braun Labs is named after the great German engineer Wernher von Braun, who inspires us to gather scientific knowledge in revolutionary designs that make the world a better place to live.

Wernher Magnus Maximilian von Braun was born in Wirsitz, Germany, on March 23, 1912. As grandson of Swedish-Prussian aristocracy, von Braun attended the best private schools in Germany, obtaining his PhD in Physics from the University of Berlin in 1934 .

Von Braun has worked as a systems development director for the German effort in rocket initiatives since he was 20 years old. He developed and expanded the concept of scientific projects supported in industrial applications (which was already a practiced model in their country of origin, since the mid-nineteenth century) in a complex organization capable of producing large operating systems – a different way of development of rockets amateur groups in societies that were formed throughout Europe since the 1920s driven by scientific progress and the novels of Jules Verne.

Dr. von Braun combined in a special way the entrepreneurial and scientific characteristics that the catalyst of several necessary institutions (government, industries, Academic, services, etc.) so that technological solutions could find use in a wide and robust way – both derived from industrial applications such as for space exploration – your main goal in your life.

Von Braun and his team have developed several successful vehicles, such as that launched the first American satellite in orbit (1958), the first American astronaut in space (1961) and the first manned circumnavigation of the Moon in 1968. In 1969 July Neil Armstrong was the first man to set foot on another celestial body, the moon, after traveling with the rocket Saturn V.

Wernher von Braun had friends and / or people coming in every continent; he was an experienced pilot (with more flight hours than some of the astronauts themselves) as well as being an accomplished diver, hunter and fisherman sport. Von Braun had a deep knowledge of philosophical issues that binds the Christian religion with science. In addition, he was an exemplary father and husband.

In Dr. von Braun vision, the concepts of space and time of Immanuel Kant, somehow joined the observable, tangible, physical space and time, so that a space travel also represented a travel to a place of moral and thought. His deepest wish to accomplish this space travel motivated an engagement with people of various organizations necessary to undertake the journey to this untouched world where the eternal becomes a reality of day-to-day.

Jules Verne, a French novelist, wrote in the 1860s that three Americans would be launched from an island in the Atlantic, near Florida, to the Moon in a vehicle operated in stages, and later would return landing at sea, being acclaimed in streets and all around the world. In fact, exactly 100 years later, three Americans made this journey in a rocket. At the time, it weighed 3 million pounds and it was more than 100 meters high, and it still is the only machine ever built by man with this capability (up to Today this) – the machine, the Saturn V was developed by Dr. von Braun after the Second World War when United States instilled a strong dynamics of  innovation.

After the war, the basis for rocket technology were built at Peenemunde on the Baltic Sea, where more than eight thousand scientists, engineers and technicians coordinated by von Braun developed the A4, which would have a military version with the name of V2. This approach led to small effective results in war scenarios, but represented the future in new technology tactics, then the team and the knowledge was absorbed by the United States at the end of the conflict.

The Saturn V is the result of a great teamwork and complex, which is the same team that got the job in Germany in the 20s and 30s with the coordination of Dr. von Braun and was composed of people who shared the same idea make space travel a reality, which could only be dreamed of since ancient times. With the supervision of von Braun, in just 30 years, the rockets that were stored as curiosities in the laboratory, which would fly no more than a meter long, were transformed into reliable machines, able to take over 30 tons of cargo floor useful and be sent with a crew to any place, escaping from Earth’s gravity, this one force that ties ands bounds man to his place of origin.

Despite his World War II story of moving to a new country – the United States – von Braun with the support of his team and of the institutions carried out a space exploration. It is undeniable that the life story of Dr. von Braun is rich in every way. In 1945, von Braun and a hundred scientists were transferred to the United States. Over the coming years, many other technical professionals joined the team, so that in 1960 it had grown to more than 40,000 people who formed the core of the largest NASA Center, known as the Marshall Space Flight Center located in Huntsville, Alabama.

Dr. von Braun left NASA in 1972 to become the vice president of Fairchild Industries in Washington, DC. At the age of 65, he passed away in 1977. Dr. von Braun received more than 25 honorary doctorates, including the Congressional Medal of Honor.

One of his daughters, Dr. Margrit von Braun, is today one of the most influential people in the industry, being active in diverse and complex environmental projects aimed at the improvement of industrial growth in harmony with life on planet Earth. In addition, she is also the coordinator of various social programs.

The Von Braun Labs, in honor of Dr. von Braun and his team, and with the very same spirit of integration of all institutions and business elements, seeks to implement in a practical approach the basis for Innovation & Exploratory Science.