Maxime Faget

Mechanical engineer

Maxime Faget Maxime A. Faget (pronounced FAhzay) (August 26, 1921 – October 9, 2004), better known as Max Faget, was the designer of the Mercury capsule, and contributed to the later Gemini and Apollo spacecraft as well as the Space Shuttle. 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. Faget also led the development of the escape tower system used on Mercury, which was used in various forms on almost all  ( Wikipedia article )


Personal facts

Date of birth
Place of birth
British Honduras
Mechanical engineer, Engineer


Institution From To
Louisiana State University


Date of death
Cause of death
Bladder cancer
Place of death

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