Rotary Lunch Speaker: Eric Denbrook

On Tuesday, August 11, 2020, our lunch speaker will be Eric Denbrook.

Eric graduated from Arizona State University in 1979 with a BS in Industrial Design from the Mechanical Engineering school. He started his career at Hughes Space and Communications, where in 1982 he was the Vehicle Engineer for the first operational Space Shuttle’s primary satellites.


He was the Vehicle Engineer for the U.S. GOES and Japanese GMS weather satellites and in 1984, spent 4 months on Tanegashima Japan launching GMS. He worked on many other commercial and classified programs and was also responsible for the first Space Shuttle recovery of two satellites.

In 1989, he started working at a small startup company called Orbital Sciences Corporation. He was the Integration and Test lead for Orbital’s first product, the Transfer Orbit Stage for the Space Shuttle. At the end of the program, he was the Chief Engineer as well as Deputy Program Manager and spent two years at Cape Canaveral on the integration test and launch of that program. At the end of that program, he opened an office at Vandenberg Airforce Base to integrate, test, and launch the world’s first commercially developed rocket, called Pegasus. That rocket evolved into several other rockets called Taurus, Minotaur, and Ground Based Missile Defense Boosters. He became the director for those operations and led the team until he retired in 2019.

This meeting will be all-virtual. Join the Zoom Meeting here:

You can also call in to the meeting at 1 669 900 9128.

We will record the presentation for others who aren’t able to attend at noon.