Bastian "Buzz" Hello

Aerospace Engineering Academy of Distinguished Alumni

Bastian "Buz" HelloB. S. '48
Inducted 1999

Although semi-retired, Bastian "Buz" Hello was an active management consultant to Rockwell International Corp and member of the aerospace community until his passing in 2011. His distinguished career at Rockwell included management of strategic military aircraft programs as well as making important contributions to America's space efforts. He was also responsible for pre-launch preparation and launch support for six Apollo missions that included three successful moon landings.

Hello served as president of AIAA from 1989 to 1990. "His leadership, both of the Institute, and of the aircraft division at Rockwell Collins, was an outstanding testament to hard work and dedication in the name of engineering excellence.” - Mark Lewis, President, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and former department chair.

From Maryland to the Moon
Excerpt from the Baltimore Sun
July 19, 2010

Bastian "Buz" Hello

In the 1960s, Bastian "Buz" Hello was in a race against time.

Working at Martin Marietta Co. in Middle River, the engineer was part of a team charged with converting intercontinental ballistic missiles into booster rockets capable of lifting men into space.

"We worked so briskly because it was President [John F.] Kennedy's edict that we land on the moon by 1969," said Hello, a University of Maryland graduate who was a Gemini launch vehicle program manager.

At Martin he helped develop missiles that lifted the two-man Gemini capsules into space. Later at North American Rockwell, he worked on the Saturn rockets that launched the Apollo crews to the moon.

"It seemed like we worked almost around the clock, straight through, with almost no rest before the Apollo 11 launch," said Hello, 85, who lives in Potomac.

In the weeks leading up to the launch, he worked in Florida testing the spacecraft. On the morning of July 16, 1969, he stepped outside the control room.

"The liftoff was so intense, you could feel a physical presence on your chest," Hello said. "The emotional trauma was exceptional."