Dan Oltrogge


Chief Scientist & CSSI Director
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Dan is the Director of the Center for Space Standards & Innovation (CSSI), Chief Scientist, and space policy expert at COMSPOC. He is also the Program Manager of the Space Data Center, providing space situational awareness and analysis support to 30 government, civil, and commercial space operators in the Space Data Association.

“When I'm not working, you can find me bicycling, kayaking, fishing, camping, hiking, singing, or woodworking.”



M.S. Aerospace Engineering, University of Southern California
B.S. Aerospace Engineering, Iowa State University

Prior Experience:

Director, Center for Space Standards and Innovation (CSSI), AGI
Sr. Research Astrodynamicist and SDC Program Manager, AGI
CEO and Senior Analyst, 1Earth Research, LLC
Lead Systems Engineer, SkySentry, LLC
Sr. Project Engineer, The Aerospace Corporation
Sr. Project Engineer, Project Engineer & Engineering Specialist, The Aerospace Corporation


Sr. Member, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA); Member, AIAA Astrodynamics Standards Technical Review Committee; Member, International Standards Organization, Space Operations Working Group; Deputy Convener, International Standards Organization, Orbital Debris Mitigation Working Group; Member, The Consultative Committee for Space Data Systems (CCSDS) Navigation Working Group; Member, American Astronautical Society (AAS); Member, International Academy of Astronautics (IAA); Member, Sigma Gamma Tau, Aerospace Engineering Honor Society


Dan is the recipient of over 40 distinct commendations from government & commercial customers for exemplary performance, distinguished service, critical support, & key contributions to include: STK Certified Rocket Scientist, AGI; Picosatellite Operations Lead for Popular Science’s 100 “Best of What’s New in 2000”; President’s Award for RF and Collision Avoidance Tools Development; NRO Tier III Award Feb 2002 & two NRO Director’s Team Awards


AGI “Certified Rocket Scientist”; BMD Benchmark Training Course Georgia Technical Research Institute; Small Business Innovative Research Course, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs; Nx Level Business Development Course, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs; ArcGIS 8.2 Certification Course, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs; Satellite Tool Kit Beginner & Advanced Courses, Analytic Graphics, Inc.; Satellite Tool Kit Introductory Course, Analytic Graphics, Inc.; Microsoft Access User’s Course, Peterson Air Force Base

US 2017/0096242 A1 - Probability & Frequency of Orbital Encounters / Salvatore Alfano & Daniel Oltrogge
US 10,558,320 - Probability of Collision Topology
US 10,551,994 B2 - Probability of Collision Bounding Surfaces

Noteable Experience:

Dan formed and administers the Space Safety Coalition, an ad hoc group of like-minded space entities working to ensure the long- term sustainability of space activities. He is a modeling, simulation, and analysis Subject Matter Expert as well as a senior policy analyst. Dan’s specialties include launch and early orbit operations, nanosatellites, collision avoidance, RF interference mitigation, space situational awareness, astrodynamics, and international standards development for space operations and orbital debris mitigation.



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