David Napolillo Print




:   Mechanical Design Engineer

:  Planetary


Degree Field of Study Year Attained Institution Name
Master of Business Business administration 1997 Loyola College
Bachelor of Business Business administration 1992 Loyola College

Extensive spacecraft layout experience.  Designed both one of a kind spacecraft as well as a constellation of 35 vehicles.  Have served in the capacity of lead design enginneer overseeing junior designers and production engineer in charge of qualification testing of space subsystems.  Have overseen vendors producing flight hardware.

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Start Year End Year Description
2009 2020 Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory. Supervisor of mechanical design section. Supervise up to 13 designers including holding coaching sessions, matching design skills with incoming design tasks and interviewing prospective new staff. Perform the normal duties of a lead mechanical designer listed below.
2002 2009 Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory. Lead design engineer Dragonfly. In charge of overall configuration of lander and packaging lander within aero shell. Developed concept prior to Phase A and refined the design during Phase A and Phase B. Lead design engineer Solar Probe Plus. In charge of overall spacecraft mechanical configuration. Develop multiple, possible solutions for liquid cooled solar arrays, high gain antenna and spacecraft structure in support of flight program.
Year Description
2018 Bumblebee Award, Dragonfly Titan Mission Concept Provided lead mechanical design support to develop the lander configuration.
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