Who is SpaceX engineer Jessie Anderson? Her role in the recent ISS launch

Olivia Olphin November 16, 2020
Who is SpaceX engineer Jessie Anderson? Her role in the recent ISS launch
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Who is SpaceX engineer Jessie Anderson? SpaceX just launched its supply-laden Crew Dragon mission, bound for the International Space Station, in the early hours of this morning. It seems Elon Musk’s company is moving from strength to strength, but who are the people working behind the scenes? We take a look at engineer Anderson’s role within SpaceX and the recent mission.

Who is Jessie Anderson?

Jessie Anderson is a SpaceX engineer, working for Elon Musk’s aerospace company.

Anderson grew up in San Diego and, in 2010, graduated from the University of California with a bachelors degree in mechanical engineering.

She recently celebrated her birthday on 2 November and shared the special occasion with her Instagram followers.

Outiside of work, Anderson is passionate about basketball and music, according to her Twitter bio.

Many of her younger social media followers have given Anderson credit for inspiring them to get into STEM careers.

Anderson has said that “If there’s anything I’ve learned from working, especially at SpaceX, it’s that innovation never dies.”

She encouraged young people to “just continue to be innovative and continue to have that pioneering attitude. It’s so important for students to know that, even with all the technology we have today, there is still so much out there for them to invent, create and bring to the world.”

Jessie Anderson’s career before SpaceX

Before becoming an engineer at SpaceX, Anderson had a very different career in mind. In fact, her first dream career had been to play for the WNBA (Women’s National Basketball Association). Although this didn’t quite pan out as expected, she did create a basketball society and a science and engineering association at the University of California.

Jessie Anderson currently hosts some the Space X launch webcast and works on the company’s innovations as part of the engineering team.

What’s happening at SpaceX?

Today, 16 November, marks the launch of SpaceX’s falcon rocket, which is carrying a crew of astronauts on a NASA supply mission to the International Space Station.

The top of the rocket is the Dragon capsule, which has been renamed the Resilience after the events of 2020, and should reach the Space Station early on Tuesday.

The astronauts on the mission are Shannon Walker, Victor Glover, Michael Hopkins, and Soichi Noguchi.

The flight took off at 12:27 AM GMT.

President-elect Joe Biden tweeted out his admiration for the SpaceX launch.

SpaceX is a an aerospace manufacturer founded by Elon Musk. The new technology has meant that this flight should be totally automated, though the astronauts on board can take control if they need to.

The website states that “SpaceX is working on a next generation of fully reusable launch vehicles that will be the most powerful ever built, capable of carrying humans to Mars and other destinations in the solar system.”

SpaceX has big plans for further exploration into our solar system and it seems that young engineers such as Jessie Anderson are going to play a key role in that.

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Olivia Olphin is an English Literature graduate and a film and literature fanatic. She has many years of reviewing experience, recently working as accredited press for the London Film Festival. She has also written widely about culture and sex education, as well as LGBTQ+ and women's issues.