| Dave went to work
for TRW after retiring from the U.S. Navy in 1981. His first
job with that company was as a Systems Test Engineer during the
construction of the Tracking and Data Relay Satellite Terminal
at the Johnson Space Center, White Sands, New Mexico. When the
Satellite Terminal construction was complete, He switched to
the Spacecraft Group and was working on the various spacecraft
control positions up until Launch of the TDRSS-A Spacecraft.
When it was lost shortly after launch, additional flight teams
were organized to provide the personnel for the Rescue Mission.
He was given the job of Head Test Conductor for the recovery
mission and his team made 13 of the 39 thruster burns to put
TDRSS-A back in it's proper orbit. This was a real high point
in his TRW life.