Paul Wooster

Principal Mars Development Engineer, SpaceX

Paul Wooster is the Principal Mars Development Engineer at Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX), where he is a lead in the technical development of Mars architecture and vehicles, including precursor activities and human-scale systems. He previously served as SpaceX’s Manager of Spacecraft Guidance, Navigation, and Control, overseeing the integrated system design, fault tolerance, and vehicle performance associated with Dragon missions to the International Space Station. While at SpaceX, Wooster has led the development of a diverse set of capabilities, including space-to-space communications, relative navigation, and proximity operations with the ISS. He previously served as a Research Scientist in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where his research included the design and evaluation of a wide range of human exploration system architectures and the development of strategies for affordable human exploration of the Moon and Mars. While at MIT, Paul also led a multi-university team in the preliminary design of a small, partial gravity research satellite and conducted initial prototype work on a number of spacecraft and payload sub-systems. He earned both his B.S. and M.S. in aerospace engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He currently serves on the National Academies’ Space Studies Board.