Meet the Innovators Under 35

Lars Blackmore, SpaceX

Would space travel flourish if we could reuse the rockets?

Lars Blackmore, Principal Rocket Landing Engineer, SpaceX

Lars Blackmore is responsible for Entry, Descent and Landing of SpaceX's Falcon 9 Reusable (F9-R) rocket. His team develops the precision landing technology required to bring F9-R back to the launch site. Previously, Lars was with the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where he was co-inventor of the G-FOLD system for precision landing on Mars, and was a member of the control team for the SMAP climate change observatory. Lars has a PhD in Guidance, Navigation and Control from the MIT Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, where he was a Kennedy Scholar, and recipient of the AIAA Guidance Navigation and Control Graduate Student Award.


Innovators Under 35
individuals whose superb technical work promises to shape the coming decades through the development of new technology or the creative application of existing technologies to solve problems.