Daniel R. Adamo is a recognized authority in human space flight trajectory design and operations with extensive experience in associated operations concept formulation, training, documentation, and software development. Since retiring in 2008 from 29 years of employment as a NASA-Johnson Space Center (JSC) contractor, Dan has been engaged in full-time astrodynamics research, consulting, and outreach. Clients include NASA, the Review of U.S. Human Space Flight Plans Committee, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), and the Keck Institute for Space Studies (KISS).
Prior to his retirement as a JSC contractor employee, Dan developed real time Shuttle Mission Simulator dynamics software, managed the Shuttle Portable Computer’s post-Challenger return to flight operations, and supported 60 Space Shuttle missions from the Flight Dynamics Officer (FDO) console at Mission Control. During his FDO career, Dan served as Flight Lead for 10 Shuttle missions, as primary U.S. trajectory point-of-contact with Russian counterparts during Shuttle-Mir and International Space Station joint operations, and as editor and a major contributing author of the 1000-page Orbit FDO Console Handbook for 18 years.
Dan has conducted numerous technical presentations on space mission design, trajectory modeling/reconstruction, and architecture development before and after his JSC retirement. His work has been extensively published in white papers, editorials, newsletters, conference proceedings, and refereed journals.