Dennis R. Jenkins worked as a contractor to NASA for 33 years, mostly on the Space Shuttle Program in a variety of engineering and management roles. After supporting the first few space shuttle launches at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC), Mr. Jenkins spent five years activating the Vandenberg Launch Site in California before the facility was closed following the?Challenger?accident. Returning to KSC, he supported recovering from the accident and a variety of special projects. During the late 1990s, he was the ground systems lead for the X-33 program. Afterward, he managed a variety of upgrade projects at KSC. Jenkins spent 2003 on the staff of the?Columbia?Accident Investigation Board (CAIB), 2004 as staff to the President? Commission on the Future of Human Spaceflight, and 2005 as the Verville Fellow at the National Air and Space Museum and then returned to KSC. In 2010, he began participating in the Orbiters on Display Working Group that planned the delivery of the Orbiters to their final display sites. He is currently the project director for the?Endeavour?exhibit at the California Science Center in Los Angeles. Jenkins is the recipient of the American Astronautical Society? 2018 Ordway Award for Sustained Excellence in Spaceflight History. Previous books have won many awards, including the 2015 Gardner-Lasser Aerospace History Literature Award from the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.


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