Dave Israel is the architect for the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center’s Exploration and Space Communications Projects Division and the principal investigator for the Laser Communications Relay Demonstration (LCRD).
He has been working on various aspects of space communications systems since joining NASA in 1989.
He received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Johns Hopkins University in 1989 and a master’s degree in electrical engineering from George Washington University in 1996.
He has led the development of various Space Network/Tracking and Data Relay Satellite System (TDRSS) operational systems and has served as the principal investigator for multiple communications technology activities concerning advanced space communications concepts and networking protocols, including the LPT CANDOS experiment on STS-107 and disruption-tolerant networking demonstrations on the Lunar Laser Communications Demonstration. He recently received a NASA Silver Snoopy Award for significant contributions to NASA’s human spaceflight program.