John Saxon was born in the United Kingdom where he trained in Electronics Engineering. In the early 1960s, he visited Australia to develop one of the World’s first Inertial navigation systems for an air-launched cruise missile. After that contract was over John returned to the UK where he married his Australian girlfriend.
Keen to return down under, John noticed that all three of NASA’s tracking networks stations in Australia were looking for experienced Electronics Technicians and Engineers. After interviews in London he decided that the manned spaceflight station at Honeysuckle Creek near Canberra sounded the most interesting. In 1966 John emigrated to Australia and began an exciting 30-plus year adventure working indirectly for NASA, about which he says, “First the entire Apollo program followed by Skylab, and then all the deep space missions – how lucky could one get”!