Mike Copeland: Celebrities at the diaper plant; Locals on state aviation committee; Gas

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Lauren Dreyer, a McGregor resident who directs SpaceX’s Starlink business operations, has been reappointed to Texas’ Aerospace and Aviation Advisory Committee. Dreyer, who received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Baylor University and an MBA from Texas A&M University, has been employed at SpaceX nearly 15 years, in business development, finance, human resources and operations, according to a governor’s office press release announcing appointments to the committee.

Starlink is SpaceX’s global internet service that will rely on thousands of small satellites in low-Earth orbit, according to online information. Starlink will serve primarily as a revenue generator to support SpaceX founder Elon Musk’s stated goal of colonizing Mars.

McGregor is home to a SpaceX facility that tests rocket engines. A second plant being built nearby will produce rockets.

Receiving a new appointment to the advisory committee is Waco businessman Jim Allmon, president of Blackhawk Aerospace. Allmon is a member of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, the General Aviation Manufacturers Association, and former president of the Waco Aviation Alliance. He served in the U.S. Air Force, attended the University of Maryland, and received pilot training at Spartan School of Avionics in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Blackhawk, located at Waco Regional Airport, upgrades, modifies and installs performance enhancements on turboprop aircraft. Blackhawk recently announced it had completed 1,000 upgrades since its founding in 1999, selling a product to a customer in South Carolina who commutes to Alaska bout five times a year on business, flying a King Air 350.

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