At least a few Bulgarians worked for SpaceX, which made its historic first private flight, but two were members of the team that helped make this mission a reality.
Kiril Donchev (known in the United States as Kiko) has been part of the SpaceX team since July 2010, when he joined the team that developed the Falcon 9 rocket ship and the Dragon ship. For a few years he became chief engineer, then managed projects for the Dragon 2 capsule before taking over the ground operations of the capsules as a manager and (since October last year) as a director.
He has been studying engineering at the University of Michigan since 2004, and specializes in NASA. Appears in a video from the beginning of the month – sitting next to the founder of “Space X” Elon Musk. Donchev is the man who divorces US President Barack Obama and shows him the Dragon capsule when he, familiar with the basics of the technology, exclaims, impressed by the small size of the capsule: “It’s like putting Sasha and Malia (his daughters) on their backs. seats. A long car journey. ”
Orlin Velev, 25, has been part of the company for 3 years, a doctor of computer science. He graduated in mechanical engineering from Georgia Tech and has been a ship structure engineer at SpaceX since January 2017.
Velev has lived in the United States since he was a child, and his father teaches at the University of North Carolina at the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering.