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Lockheed Missiles and Space Company

In 1965, Maxwell Hunter returned to private industry, joining the Lockheed Missiles and Space Company, in Sunnyvale, California, working in the astronautics (rocket) division and advanced development section. He was responsible for the design of advanced space transport vehicles, developing the use of expendable tanks in the space shuttle, and steering the Hubble space telescope through its early stages.

 

Max was with Lockheed for 22 years from 1965 to 1987.  During this period, he was responsible for the design of the Advanced Space Transportation Vehicles Star Clipper and Shuttle, and originated the concept of using large expendable tanks in shuttle design. 

He led the proposal that won the Hubble Space Telescope project, and was program manager during the 4-year creation phase of its design.  He did extensive work on the defensive applications of high energy lasers and originated the Space Battle Station concept.

In 1981, Max received the NASA Public Service medal for definition and promotion of the space shuttle and its utilization.

"He was a visionary as an engineer and received widespread recognition throughout the industry and NASA as a forward thinker, said Steve Tatum, a spokesman for Lockheed Martin Missiles and Space Operations in Sunnyvale, in 2001. "He led the proposal that won the Hubble Space Telescope for Lockheed and was a major proponent for a reusable single-stage orbit vehicle."

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Related Publications:
Max was prolific in his writing through the Lockheed years, amassing dozens of published pieces.  (Contact us to purchase copies of any of these publications in PDF or printed formats.)

“Space Commerce”
(with E.P. Wheaton)
Fourth Goddard Memorial Symposium, American Astronautical Society, Washington, DC, March 1966
Lockheed Missiles & Space Company
MHF.PL01

“Unmanned Scientific Exploration Throughout the Solar System”
Space System Reviews, D. Reidel Publishing Company, Dordrecht, Holland, January 1967
Lockheed Missiles & Space Company
MHF.PL02

“Future Interplanetary Unmanned Space Missions”
(with R.L. Moll)
Space Program Impact on Range Development, Vol. 15, American Astronautical Society, University of New Mexico, Las Cruces, March 1967
Lockheed Missiles & Space Company
MHF.PL03

“Commercial Space Transportation Possibilities”
13th Annual Meeting of the American Astronautical Society, Dallas, May 1967
Lockheed Missiles & Space Company
MHF.PL04

“Unmanned Exploration of the Inner Planets, Comets, the Outer Planets, and Near Interstellar Space”
American Astronautical Society Conference on the Role of Planetary Geology and Geophysics in the Space Effort, Boston, May 1967
Lockheed Missiles & Space Company
MHF.PL05

“Nuclear Propelled Passenger Vehicle for Lunar and Planetary Exploration”
(with C.D. McKereghan)
Second Conference on Planetology and Space Mission Planning, New York Academy of Sciences, New York, October 1967
Lockheed Missiles & Space Company
MHF.PL06

“Propulsion Systems for Manned Planetary Missions”
1968 Space Technology Conference, Society of Automotive Engineers, Washington, DC May 1968
Lockheed Missiles & Space Company
MHF.PL07

“Accessible Regions Beyond the Solar System”
Joint National Meeting, American Astronautical Society/Operations Research Society, Denver, June 1969
Lockheed Missiles & Space Company
MHF.PL08

“Are Technological Upheavals Inevitable?”
Harvard Business Review, September-October 1969
Lockheed Missiles & Space Company
MHF.PL09

“The Effect of Transportation Systems on Manned Planetary Precursor Missions”
American Astronautical Society, 16th Annual Meeting, “Space Stations and Manned Planetary Exploration,” Anaheim, California June 1970
Lockheed Missiles & Space Company
MHF.PL10

“The Hypersonic Transport – The Technology and the Potential”
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, 7th Annual Meeting and Technical Display, Houston, October 1970
Lockheed Missiles & Space Company
MHF.PL11

“Space Shuttle Influence on Payload and Spacecraft Design”
22nd International Astronautical Congress, Brussels, Belgium, September 20-25, 1971
Lockheed Missiles & Space Company
MHF.PL12

“An Analysis of the Effects of the Space Shuttle on Payloads”
5th U.S.-European Conference, San Francisco, May 1972
Lockheed Missiles & Space Company
MHF.PL13

“Payload Design Concepts for the Space Shuttle”
(with R.M. Gary, W.F. Miller)
Astronautics & Aeronautics, June 1972
Lockheed Missiles & Space Company
MHF.PL14

“The Origins of the Shuttle (According to Hunter)”
Lockheed Missiles and Space Company, Inc., Sunnyvale, California, September 1972
Lockheed Missiles & Space Company
MHF.PL15

“The Effect of Space Shuttle Payload Design Techniques on Total Space Program Cost”
23rd IAF Congress, Vienna, Austria, October 1972
Lockheed Missiles & Space Company
MHF.PL16

“Design of Low-Cost, Refurbishable Spacecraft for Use With the Shuttle”
(with R.M. Gray, W.F. Miller)
AIAA 9th Annual Meeting and Technical Display (AIAA Paper No. 73-73), Washington, DC, January 1973
Lockheed Missiles & Space Company
MHF.PL17

“An Engineer’s View of The Large Space Telescope (LST)”
Lockheed Missiles and Space Company, Inc,, Sunnyvale, California, April 1975
Lockheed Missiles & Space Company
MHF.PL18

“Standards Components and Modules for Space Shuttle Payloads”
UCLA Extension, Los Angeles, May 1975
Lockheed Missiles & Space Company
MHF.PL19

“A Galactic Perspective”
First Foothill College Symposium on God and Man: Our Future in Space, Los Altos Hills, California, July 1975
Lockheed Missiles & Space Company
MHF.PL20

“Beyond the Geocoronium”
A Tribute to Robert H. Goddard, Smithsonian Institute, Washington, DC, March 1976
Lockheed Missiles & Space Company
MHF.PL21

“The Modern Pursuit of Scientific Curiosity”
Lockheed Missiles and Space Company, Inc., Sunnyvale, California, April 1976
Lockheed Missiles & Space Company
MHF.PL22

“The Relativity of Relevance”
Second Annual Foothill College Symposium on God and Humanity, Los Altos Hills, California, October 2, 1976
Lockheed Missiles & Space Company
MHF.PL23

“Strategic Dynamics and Space Laser Weaponry”
Lockheed Missiles and Space, Co., Inc. Sunnyvale, California October 31, 1977
Lockheed Missiles & Space Company
MHF.PL24

“Transportation Options and High Payoff Choices”
AIAA 1982 Annual Meeting and technical Display, Baltimore, MD, May 25-27, 1982
Lockheed Missiles & Space Company
MHF.PL25

“Advanced Space Transportation Options”
NGOS at Unispace ’82, Vienna, Austria, August 9-21, 1982
Lockheed Missiles & Space Company
MHF.PL26

 

 

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