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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEFebruary 17, 1998
DAVID B. GALLAGHER APPPOINTED DEEP SPACE 3 PROJECT MANAGER
David B. Gallagher has been named project manager of Deep
Space 3, a NASA mission that will be the first ever to try flying
multiple spacecraft in precision formation to test a powerful
astronomical observing technique called optical interferometry.
Gallagher previously served as project manager of JPL's
Pressure Modulator Infrared Radiometer instrument, part of the
science payload onboard NASA's Mars '98 orbiter, scheduled for
launch in December. Since joining JPL in 1989, he has managed the
Drop Physics Module project flown on the Space Shuttle and served
as integration and test manager for the Wide Field Planetary
Camera 2 aboard the Hubble Space Telescope.
Deep Space 3 is part of the New Millennium Program, a
flagship NASA venture whose goal is the testing of revolutionary
technologies in space flight so that they may be used with
confidence in space missions of the future. Set to launch in
early 2002, Deep Space 3 will demonstrate precision formation
flying by multiple spacecraft and long-baseline optical
interferometry. Together, these will link together widely
separated optical telescopes so they work as if they were a
single instrument with extraordinarily sharp resolving power.
Deep Space 3 will enable science applications of optical
interferometry and other spacecraft formations in the decades to
come. It will pave the way for future missions of NASA's Origins
Program, including the Space Interferometry Mission and
Terrestrial Planet Finder, whose respective goals are to detect
planets orbiting other stars and to determine whether any of
those newfound planets might harbor life.
Gallagher, who earned a bachelor's degree in electrical
engineering in 1982 from Purdue University, served as a design
engineer for the IBM Corporation upon graduation and subsequently
headed his own consulting firm for five years. Originally from
Maryland, he, wife Katherine, and their three children live in La
JPL is a division of the California Institute of Technology.