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

Speaker

Dennis Wingo

Dennis Wingo is a 34 year veteran of the computer, academic, and commercial spaceflight communities. Dennis began his career in the late mainframe/early microcomputer era as a field engineer, test engineer and later a design engineer working on systems as disparate as mainframe based printers to early local area networking for computers. Dennis began his career in academic research at the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) where he pioneered the use of COTS computers as experiment controllers for measuring the microgravity environment on the Space Shuttle. Dennis and his team at UAH built the first non NASA satellite in the state of Alabama, built by his student team with the support of NASA headquarters and the Marshall Spaceflight Center. It flew as SEDSAT 1/OSCAR-33 as a secondary payload to the NASA Deep Space 1 mission in 1998. Dennis then moved to the commercial space arena where his company Skycorp had the first commercial space act agreement for the deployment of satellites from the International Space Station (ISS) in 2000. Dennis and Skycorp patented methods associated with satellite assembly on orbit based on that effort. Following that effort Dennis was a founder of Orbital Recovery Corporation, the world's first commercial on orbit servicing company. Dennis was awarded a patent for the operation of two coupled spacecraft in GEO orbit during that effort. Dennis and Skycorp continue today in these pioneering efforts and Dennis's book "Moonrush" published by Apogee Books in 2004 described the economic and political basis for the commercialization and industrialization of the Moon. Today Skycorp and Dennis continues to work in the lunar field with their acclaimed work to recover the original recordings of the images from the Lunar Orbiter missions from 1966-67 and to help architect and plan an eventual lunar return and industrial activity. Dennis continues his work in advanced spacecraft design as well, from acquiring stranded assets in orbit for Polar Broadband to continued work in developing on orbit assembled spacecraft for the commercial market.
Dennis Wingo
Founder, Skycorp, Inc., CTO, Orbital Recovery Corporation