In 1962 and 1963, Carl Mellren Hanson, an employee of Douglas Aircraft Company, Inc. traveled the country promoting his idea to transform the Saturn V stage into a manned space laboratory. This idea eventually caught the attention of Wernher von Braun of NASA. Although von Braun was intrigued by Hanson's proposal, he considered the idea too risky. Soon after, work began on Skylab. Hanson's proposed idea helped to lay the groundwork for the Skylab program.