July 26-28 at the Hyatt Regency in Santa Clara, California

Speaker

Rex Ridenoure

Rex is founder and CEO of IZUP LLC, a NewSpace consultancy operating at the intersection of the space-technology, commercial space-development and investor communities. He is also an active Board member at Ecliptic Enterprises Corporation (home of the RocketCam™ product family), a firm he co-founded in 2001 and led as CEO and President through spring 2012. Rex is a space-mission engineer by education and experience and entrepreneur by nature. Before Ecliptic, he was Chief Mission Architect at SpaceDev (1998-99) and BlastOff Corporation (2000), focused on defining commercial lunar, Mars and near-Earth asteroid missions. In 1998 at Microcosm, Inc., he played a catalytic role in the successful salvage of the commercial communications satellite AsiaSat 3 via a novel lunar swingby trajectory—and still the only commercial spacecraft to have ever traveled to the vicinity of the Moon. For the first 20 years of his career at Hughes, Lockheed, Utah State University and JPL, Rex held technical and project leadership positions on twenty pathfinding space missions and projects as a spacecraft systems engineer, test conductor, mission engineer, mission planner, mission architect, project engineer and study leader. Notable missions include Viking/Mars (as an undergraduate student intern), some of the first Shuttle-launched commercial communications satellites, the Hubble Space Telescope, Voyager/Neptune, Deep Space 1, Shuttle Get Away Special experiments and SURFSat. Rex earned his M.S. in Aeronautics from Caltech and B.S. in Aerospace Engineering (Cum Laude) from Iowa State University (Ames).
Rex Ridenoure
Founder and CEO, IZUP LLC