Space Shuttle: Developing An Icon 1972-2013 by Dennis R. Jenkins
3 Volume Book
- Volume I - Setting the Stage
- Volume II - Technical Description
- Volume III - The Flight Campaign
During 30 years and 135 missions, the U.S. space shuttle carried more crewmembers to orbit than all other launch systems, from all other countries combined, and carried more than 4.5 million pounds of payload to orbit. It was a staggering record of success. Unfortunately, it was accompanied by a tragic record of failure, with two accidents claiming the lives of 14 astronauts as well as other incidents claiming several ground personnel.
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 recovering from the accident and a variety of special projects.
In 2010 he became the USA project manager for the Orbiters on Display Working Group that delivered the space shuttle orbiters to the National Air and Space Museum, Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum, California Science Center, and the KSC Visitor Complex. Afterward Jenkins became the project director for the Samuel Oschin Air and Space Center that will ultimately display Endeavour as a full launch stack.
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