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], he spent five years activating the Vandenberg Launch Site in California before the facility was closed following the Challenger accident. Returning to KSC, he supported recovery from the accident and a variety of special projects. During the late 1990s Jenkins was the ground systems lead for the X-33 program. He then 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’s Commission on the Future of Human Spaceflight and as technical staff to the Return-to-Flight Task Group evaluating the readiness of space shuttle to support STS-114, 2005 as the Verville Fellow at the National Air and Space Museum. He then returned to KSC as a consultant to the United SPACE Alliance. In 2010 he became the USA project manager to deliver Space Shuttles to their Display Sites. Afterwards Jenkins became project director for the Samuel Oschin Air and Space Center that will ultimately display Endeavour as a full launch stack.
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Jenkins has written extensively on aviation and space history including the official NASA history of the X-15 program and the NASA history of aviation pressure suits. He has recently released his three-volume Space Shuttle: Developing an icon history of the Space Shuttle Program.