Apollo 13 heroes keynote speakers at SolidWorks World 2011

Two of the men who helped save the Apollo 13 crew 40 years ago by finding ingenious solutions to catastrophic mechanical problems will headline SolidWorks World 2011.

Fittingly, this is the 13th SolidWorks World.

In April 1970, more than 200,000 miles from earth, Apollo 13 sustained a sudden failure of its cryogenic oxygen system. Commander Capt. James Lovell Jr. and his crew successfully modified the craft’s lunar module into an effective “lifeboat” to provide power and water for an emergency return to earth. Gene Kranz, lead flight director, headed the ground-based “Tiger Team” that helped coordinate the successful detour.

Their actions earned Lovell and Kranz Presidential Medals of Freedom. The pair will tell their stories at SolidWorks World  January 23-26, 2011, at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas.

More information at the SolidWorks World website.

Gene Kranz, left and Jim Lovell will headline SolidWorks World 2011.

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