CN citizen lands dream job at SpaceX

BY CHAD HUNTER
Reporter
09/28/2020 12:30 PM
Main Cherokee Phoenix
Alex Galindo
BROWNSVILLE, Texas – Alex Galindo’s career is taking off now that he’s landed his dream job at SpaceX.

Galindo, 25, began working for the private spaceflight company as a wiring specialist in September after graduating from Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology in Tulsa.

“I did consider applying for NASA, but SpaceX was my No. 1,” he said. “I really like their vision. I like how they’re doing reusable rockets. I like a lot about SpaceX. I’m just very fortunate that I could get on with a company that I’ve always dreamed about.”

Galindo, who grew up in Bartlesville, moved for the SpaceX job to south Texas with his wife, Kristina, and their two children, ages 3 and 5.

“That was always his dream, and dreams come true if you put in the right kind of work,” his grandfather, Larry Mills, of Bartlesville, said.

The aerospace manufacturer and space transportation service company, headquartered in California, touts 97 total spacecraft launches and 60 landings.

“Building on the achievements of Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy, SpaceX is working on a next generation of fully reusable launch vehicles that will be the most powerful ever built, capable of carrying humans to Mars and other destinations in the solar system,” the company says.

The company’s space-faring achievements have been of special interest to Galindo.

“Ever since I found out about SpaceX, I’ve just been watching them like crazy on like YouTube, keeping up with all the data and everything,” he said. “Everyone in my class, they’re wanting to go work on airplanes, which of course is great. But I always told them I wanted to go to SpaceX. Back in February, SpaceX was having a career day, so I just went out on a limb and flew down to south Texas. I got an on-spot interview. I was the only one in my class to have a job offer before we even graduated.”

His fascination with outer space grew as a child after watching astronauts take flight in films.

“I always thought that would be really cool,” Galindo said. “After that I started doing my own research, watching everything I could, buying all kinds of space stuff. I really like the adventure.”

At SpaceX, his avionics-related job is building wiring harnesses for spacecraft.

“I just really like how the company’s grown so much in the last 20 years, having four rockets done,” Galindo said. “One of them is completely successful that launches at least two to three times a month.”

Galindo said the CN assisted in his education at Spartan College.

“They helped pay and gave me a little bit of money to get back and forth and things like that,” he said. “They did that for the whole 13 months.”
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Chad Hunter has spent more than two decades in the newspaper industry as a reporter and editor in Arkansas, Oklahoma and his home state of Missouri. He began working for the Cherokee Phoenix in late  ...
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