Apollo Guidance Computer Activities

AGC biography - Werner von Braun

vonbraun.jpg (8595 bytes)Werner von Braun

Werner von Braun was educated at the Berlin Technical Institute, earning a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1932 and a doctorate in Physics in 1934.   An interest in rocketry, combined with his technical education led von Braun to the German military where from 1932 to 1945 he worked designing and building rockets, including the V-2.  After the fall of Germany in 1945, von Braun and 500 of his design and production staff surrendered to the US. 

The core team were brought to the US where they were located first in Texas, and then in 1950 moved to Huntsville, Alabama.  Von Braun's team formed the nucleus of the US rocket effort during the 1950s through the 1970s, designing the Jupiter and Redstone rockets used in the Mercury program and the Saturns used in Apollo. Von Braun moved from the Army's Redstone Arsenal to NASA in 1960.  After Apollo, Von Braun's team designed the Saturn B boosters used for Apollo-Soyuz and Skylab.

Werner von Braun died in 1977.

Read Werner von Braun's memories of the Apollo program.


-- A.B., Jan 2002