October 28, 2020

Heard High graduate really is a Rocket Scientist

(Editor’s Note: Due to inclement weather the launch was postponed until this Saturday afternoon at 3:22 PM ET)

(Franklin, GA) — Former Heard County student, Davey Hunt has a job that many can only dream about.

After graduating from Heard County High school in 2008, he attended MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology). He interned at SpaceX in the summer of 2011 followed by an offer of full time employment.

Class of 2008 HCHS graduate Davey Hunt

Davey starts his 8th year with SpaceX this September as a Senior Propulsion Engineer.

A few years ago, many of us hadn’t even heard of SpaceX but they are all over the news this week as they prepare to launch Falcon 9 rocket on Wednesday, May 27, at 4:33 PM EDT.

The launch will take place at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

The test flight will transport NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley on board the Dragon spacecraft.

This upcoming flight is the first major test to be certified by NASA for operation crew missions to and from the ISS (international Space Station).

Their website states that “SpaceX is returning human spaceflight to the United States with one of the safest, most advanced systems ever built, and NASA’s Commercial Crew Program is a turning point for America’s future in space exploration that lays the groundwork for future missions to the Moon, Mars, and beyond.”

According to their website, SpaceX will return America’s ability to fly NASA astronauts on American vehicles for the first time since 2011.

The Dragon spacecraft is capable of carrying up to 7 passengers to and from Earth orbit, and beyond. It is the only spacecraft currently flying that is capable of returning significant amounts of cargo to Earth, and will soon become the first private spacecraft to take humans to the space station.

Davey Hunt’s role was crucial to this and future mission successes. Both the Dragon spacecraft and the Falcon 9 rocket have hundreds of valves that are necessary for the safe operation of the spacecraft and rockets.

In a telephone interview this past Monday evening, Davey explained his role in design and development of some valves and the utilization of previous valve designed from other current and previous engineers.  Davey is currently working on SpaceX’s Starship.

The Starship spacecraft will represent a fully reusable transportation system designed to carry both crew and cargo to Earth orbit, the Moon, Mars and beyond.

The Starship will be the world’s most powerful launch vehicle ever developed, with the ability to carry in excess of 100 metric tons to Earth orbit.

America has always had a fascination with flight that started as early as the early 1900’s.

While there is much controversy over who was “First in Flight”, there is no doubt that flying became a goal and an obsession for many of America’s early pioneering aviators. Once established in the air, the next step was to look to the stars.

On July 29, 1958, the US Congress passes legislation establishing NASA, a civilian agency responsible for coordinating America’s activities in space.

NASA has since sponsored space expeditions, both human and mechanical, that have yielded vital information about the solar system and universe. It has also launched numerous earth-orbiting satellites that have been instrumental in everything from weather forecasting to navigation to global communications.

In May 1961, President John F. Kennedy declared that America should put a man on the moon by the end of the decade. On July 20, 1969, NASA’s Apollo 11 mission achieved that goal and made history when astronaut Neil Armstrong became the first person to set foot on the moon.

This new breed of patriot is helping to pave the way to the future and we offer our prayers for their success and for their safe trip back.

Davey Hunt is the son of Todd and Tracey Hunt. Tracey currently chairs the American History Committee and sits on the executive board for the James Stewart Chapter.

Please contact us at jamesstewartchapterdar@gmail.com to start learning about the history of our country.

This amazing launch can be viewed at www.spacex.com or CBSN online. We hope all will be watching this historic flight on Wednesday afternoon.

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