1910 - 1995
To The Stars"
mechanical engineer who helped open the space frontier to human
exploration, Beauford Franklin was one of the entrepreneurs who
founded the original Celestis Group in the 1980s.
Born in Salt Lake City, Utah, Mr. Franklin served
in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II, participating
in the Italian peninsula and North African campaigns. He moved
to Florida in the 1950s and joined the Lockheed Missiles and Space
Company. While at Lockheed, he was a member of the Navy Polaris
missile program team. He also worked on the U.S. Air Force Titan
IIIC rocket program in the early 1960s at United Technologies
Corporation. He served as base manager until 1977.
Mr. Franklin then joined NASA's first space shuttle
launch contractor team, serving as the first base manager for
U.S. Boosters, Inc., at the Kennedy Space Center.
"Man looks aloft, and with erected
Beholds his hereditary skies."
- Ovid, Roman poet