Maxime Faget Engineer

Maxime faget

Maxime "Max" A. Faget (pronounced FAhzay) (August 26, 1921 – October 9, 2004) was the designer of the Mercury capsule, and contributed to the later Gemini and Apollo spacecraft as well as the Space Shuttle. Maxime Faget was the son of Guy Henry Faget, and grandson of Jean Charles Faget. Born in Stann Creek, British Honduras, Faget attended City College of San Francisco in San Francisco, California, and he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Louisiana State University in 1943. After three years as a submariner in the U.S. Navy, he joined the Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia as a research scientist. While working for NACA at Langley, Faget worked on the design of the X-15 hypersonic spacecraft. In 1958, Faget became one of the 35 engineers who formed the Space Task Group, creating the Mercury spacecraft. Faget based his designs on the aerodynamic work of Harvey Allen from the mid-1950s, and was instrumental in selecting the blunt-body shape that won the Mercury competition over numerous contenders.

Personal details

Date of birth
August 26th, 1921
Date of death
October 9th, 2004 at age of 83
Place of death
Houston, Texas, United States of America
Cause of death
Bladder cancer




1. Louisiana State University Colleges/University

Louisiana State University and Agricultural and Mechanical College, most often referred to as Louisiana State University, or LSU, is a public coeducational university located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The University was founded in 1853 in what is now known as Pineville, Louisiana, under the name Louisiana State Seminary of Learning & Military Academy. The current LSU main campus was dedicated in 1926, and consists of more than 250 buildings constructed in the style of Italian Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio, and occupies a 650-acre (2.6 km²) plateau on the banks of the Mississippi River.

Institution info

Type Land-grant university
2012. 437 mil. $
2010. 386 mil. $
Institution colors
3810 West Lakeshore Drive, 70808 - Baton Rouge, Louisiana
2013. 24,931
2010. 23,685
2009. 23,012
2013. 4,934
2010. 5,185
2010. 5,766
Acceptance rate
2013. 75.0 %
2011. 79.6 %
2010. 72.0 %
Local tuition
2013. 7.87 K $
2011. 6.35 K $
2010. 5.76 K $
2009. 5.23 K $
2008. 5.09 K $
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People attended Louisiana State University connected by profession and/or age

b. 1977., Engineer
b. 1924., Baseball Pitcher
b. 1924., Politician
b. 1921., Military Person
b. 1921., Entertainer
b. 1921., Military Person
b. 1919., Historian
b. 1925., Military Person

Organizations founded

1. Space Industries Incorporated

Business Operation

Wikiedia article

Space Industries Incorporated was a company formed in the 1980s for the purpose of building a privately owned space station, which was to be called the Industrial Space Facility. At the time, the idea of private development in space was a pioneering one.

Awards won

1975 ASME Medal

Awarded for Presented by Discipline Award shared with


1.Mount Faget

Mount Faget is a mountain, 3,360 metres high, 4 nautical miles northwest of Mount Adam in the Admiralty Mountains of Victoria Land, Antarctica. This topographical feature was first mapped by the United States Geological Survey from surveys and U.S. Navy air photos, 1960–63, and was named by the Advisory Committee on Antarctic Names for Maxime A. Faget of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, a visitor at McMurdo Station, Hut Point Peninsula, Ross Island, 1966–67. It has frequently been noted on lists of unusual place names. The mountain lies situated on the Pennell Coast, a portion of Antarctica lying between Cape Williams and Cape Adare.


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