Karthik Gollapudi ’11

Flight Software Lead at SpaceX
Karthik works on the software controlling the Dragon capsule that carries humans and cargo into space. As one of the flight software leads, he is responsible for software related to mission-over-mission operations and simulations used for high fidelity testing. In 2020, Dragon became the first private spacecraft to take humans to the space station. Since then, it has flown 8 missions including the first all-civilian flight to orbit that also raised $210 million for St. Jude children’s hospital. In the coming years, Karthik is working on additional [classified] capabilities for the Dragon vehicle while reducing mission-over-mission costs to make spaceflight accessible to a wider audience.
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