Cassini Realtime Flight Operations Lead Engineer,
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
After serving in the U.S. Air Force, Dave Doody worked as an instructor for Japan Air Lines teaching Captains and First Officers of JAL. At the same time, he led an instructional systems development effort at the JAL flight crew training center. Having landed at Catalina Island after sailing the coast, Dave worked as a systems engineer there for three years before joining the NASAJPL Deep Space Network in Pasadena to create instructional systems and training materials for operators of the worldwide spacecraft communications systems.
On completion of the Deep Space Network contract, Dave got his master's degree and then went to work on the NASA Voyager mission flight operations team while Voyager 2 cruised from Saturn to Uranus and Neptune. Flight operations on Magellan, the Venus mapper, then led to flight ops work on the CassiniHuygens mission to Saturn and Titan, where he has been since 1994. All during the Voyager, Magellan, and Cassini mission operations, Dave has also been publishing in the technical and popular literature, teaching short courses, and speaking in public about spaceflight related subjects.
Once in a while you can find Dave playing sidewalk astronomer in Pasadena, offering free telescope views of the planets to passersby. And once a year, Dave welcomes participants in his "Basics of Interplanetary Flight" seminar with Art Center College of Design Public Programs in Pasadena.