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Truax, Robert C. (1917–2010)





Robert Truax
American rocket engineer and long-time advocate of small, low-cost launch vehicles. Truax began experimenting with rockets as early as 1932, then became involved with rocket programs as a Naval officer during World War II. He earned a B.S. in mechanical engineering from the Naval Academy (1939), and later a B.S. in aeronautical engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School and an M.S. in nuclear engineering from Iowa State College. After the war he worked on a number of ballistic missile and space launch vehicle programs including the Thor, Viking, and Polaris. In 1959 he retired from the Navy as a Captain, and came to Aerojet where he headed the Advanced Development Division until leaving in 1966 to form his own company, Truax Engineering.





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