Vestigo Aerospace is a 2019 startup company that was formed to address emerging challenges in space system applications. Vestigo’s experience base in mission design and operations, space system engineering and project management allows us to provide leadership through all phases of the flight project lifecycle.
Our technology portfolio aligns with the following emerging trends in space applications:
Operation and deorbit of mega-constellations in Earth orbit
Autonomous systems in a contested space environment
Proximity operations for rendezvous, inspection, and servicing
Through innovative mission design and targeted technology advancements, Vestigo’s focus is on
engineering for mission success
Dr. David Spencer is the Founder and CEO of Vestigo Aerospace LLC. He is an Associate Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics and Director for the Space Flight Project Laboratory at Purdue University, where he leads an active research program related to space mission design, automated proximity operations, and aeroassist technologies. During seventeen years with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, Dr. Spencer held positions as the Deputy Project Manager for the Phoenix Mars Lander, Mission Manager for the Deep Impact and Mars Odyssey projects, and mission designer for Mars Pathfinder. He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering from Purdue University, and he received his PhD in Aerospace Engineering from Georgia Tech.
Eileen Dukes is the Chief Technology Officer of Vestigo Aerospace LLC. She has decades of experience in leading the planning and operation of challenging deep space missions. She has technical expertise in attitude determination and control subsystems (ADCS), and has direct experience in the development and implementation of ADCS flight software algorithms, including modeling and simulation. She has led mission operations for planetary applications at Lockheed Martin, and she has been responsible for the ADCS implementations of the first atmospheric aerobraking at Venus and Mars. She received her B.S. degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics from MIT.