Erringer Helbling

Captain
Defense Innovation Unit (DIU)

Erringer Helbling serves as a Technology Advisor for the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) as an Army Reservist, where she provides insights into different Space Portfolio efforts.

Full time, Errin is a Systems Engineer at Hawkeye 360, a radio frequency-based geoanalytics company. Before landing at Hawkeye in February, Erringer was the Falcon 9 launch vehicle landing legs planner at Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX). She led the engineering, procurement, and production of the Falcon 9 launch vehicle’s landing leg design upgrade to a “ten flight reuse” capability.

Prior to joining DIU and SpaceX, she served in the Active Army as an Engineer Officer. During her last two years in the military, she served at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) in both the Analysis and Technology directorates. Additionally, she was a Military Social Aide to former President Obama and President Trump.

Her first three years in the military involved tactical unit assignments. She led a deployment and redeployment in preparation of a Chemical, Biological, Radiological, or Nuclear attack on the United States. She also led geospatial engineers to create and provide analysis products to Army Forces Command leadership and other decision-makers across Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

Erringer earned a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Systems Engineering from the United States Military Academy and a Masters of Science in Engineering (M.S.E.) in Systems Engineering from Johns Hopkins Whiting School of Engineering.

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